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Dr Robyn Hall

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

https://people.csiro.au/H/R/Robyn-Hall

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Biography

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.

See more of our research at https://research.csiro.au/rhdv/.

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

Other Interests

Students

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

Domestic rabbit owners, veterinarians, and land holders

Rabbit calicivirus testing

If you suspect a rabbit may have died of calicivirus, please request a testing kit by emailing your postal address to robyn.hall@csiro.au. Please submit a fresh or frozen (not formalin-fixed) liver sample. Sampling instructions and a submission form can be downloaded below. Once in the preservative the sample is stable at room temperature and can be posted to us in the regular post. Samples without a completed submission form will not be tested. Results should be available within 1-2 weeks, pending any technical difficulties.

Myxomatosis testing

If you suspect a rabbit may have died of myxomatosis, please request a testing kit by emailing your postal address to robyn.hall@csiro.au. Please submit a fresh or frozen (not formalin-fixed) eyelid sample. Sampling instructions and a submission form can be downloaded below. Once in the preservative the sample is stable at room temperature and can be posted to us in the regular post. Samples without a completed submission form will not be tested. As this is not part of our routine testing, results may take up to 4 weeks.

If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at robyn.hall@csiro.au.


Achievements and Awards

  • 2018-2019

    Homeward Bound 2019 participant
    Homeward Bound

  • 2017-2017

    John Philip Award
    CSIRO

  • -2015

    Frank Fenner study scholarship
    CSIRO

  • -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

  • Team Leader
    Rabbit biocontrol team

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

Grants

  • 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]