Dr Robyn Hall

Research Scientist - Molecular virology; Team Leader - Rabbit biocontrol team

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I am a veterinary virologist whose research focuses on innovative and applied solutions for improving rabbit biocontrol using rabbit caliciviruses. I am broadly interested in infectious diseases, with a strong focus on virus evolution, epidemiology, and host-pathogen interactions.

My current research is focused on understanding the epidemiology of lagoviruses in the Australian landscape and how they interact with each other, understanding the fundamental biology of these viruses, and investigating the ways in which these viruses evolve. I am particularly interested in the role of recombination in the evolution of the caliciviruses.

Previously, I studied Meleagrid herpesvirus 1 as a recombinant vaccine vector for the poultry industry.

Other Interests

We are interested in speaking to enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate research or Honours students interested in virology or invasive species management.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2018-2019

    Homeward Bound 2019 participant
    Homeward Bound

  • 2017-2017

    John Philip Award

  • -2015

    Frank Fenner study scholarship

  • -2013

    Poultry CRC Travel Award
    Poultry CRC

  • -2012

    Daniel Walker McLeod Bursary
    School of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland

  • -2011

    Poultry CRC topup scholarship
    Poultry CRC

  • -2010

    Australian Postgraduate Award
    The University of Queensland

Current Roles

  • Research Scientist
    RHD Accelerator project

Academic Qualifications

  • 2008

    Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology)
    Murdoch University

  • 2008

    Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
    Murdoch University

  • 2014

    Doctor of Philosophy - Molecular Virology
    The University of Queensland

  • 2019

    Membership in Veterinary Epidemiology
    Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists


  • 2016-2017

    Epidemiology of emergent RHDV2 in the Australian landscape

  • 2017-2018

    Using ‘sentinel flies’ to monitor rabbit calicivirus activity

  • 2018-2018

    Uncovering the hare microbiome – implications for invasive lagomorph management

  • 2018-2021

    An organoid culture platform for improved rabbit biocontrol

  • 2018-2021

    How dirty are flies? [co-investigator]