Researcher biography

Karen completed her PhD in virology at the University of Warwick, UK, where she discovered new viruses that infect marine phytoplankton. More recently, Karen was an ARC Super Science Fellow at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, for 5 years studying coral-associated viruses on the Great Barrier Reef. In 2017, Karen began a CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science fellowship, held jointly at CSIRO and the University of Queensland. This new research will use synthetic biology to develop phage therapy for the control of antibiotic-resistant bacterial biofilms.