Email: karrera.djoko at
Twitter: @thecopperdoctor
ORCID: 0000-0001-9814-6515


2017-now        Assistant Professor, Dept of Biosciences, Durham University
2016-2017       Research Fellow, SCMB, University of Queensland
2015                 Visiting Research Fellow, Dept of Microbiology & Immunology, Emory University
2009-2015      Postdoctoral Fellow, SCMB, University of Queensland


2020     PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Durham University
2009     PhD in Chemistry, University of Melbourne
2004     BSc in Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University


2022     Royal Society Research Grant (PI)
Durham University Biophysical Sciences Institute Create Award (PI)
NERC Durham Discipline Hopping Award (PI) – relinquished
Durham Seedcorn Fund (PI)
2021     Durham Biophysical Sciences Institute Flexible Funding Award (PI)
2021     BBSRC Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham DTP Studentship (Co-I)
2021     EPSRC Newcastle-Durham MosMed CDT Studentship (Co-I)
2019     Microbiology Society Harry Smith Vacation Scholarship (PI)
2019     Wellcome Trust Seed Award (PI)
2019     Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Award (PI) – relinquished due to overlap with WT Seed Award
2019     BBSRC Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham DTP Studentship (PI)
2019     Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant (Co-I)
2018     Durham University GCRF CDT Studentship (Co-I)
2018     Royal Society Research Grant (PI)
2018     BBSRC Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham DTP Studentship (PI)
2018     BBSRC Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham DTP Studentship (Co-I)
2018     BSI Summer Bursary (PI)
2016     CASS Foundation ECR Travel Award (PI)
2015     Queensland-Emory Development Alliance Grant (Co-I)
2015     Endeavour Research Fellowship Australia (PI)
2014     The Ian Potter Foundation ECR Travel Grant (PI)
2014     ECR Fellowship, International Copper Meeting (PI)


2022     International Copper Meeting
2022     FASEB Trace Elements in Biology and Medicine
2022     Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences
    Inorganic Biochemistry Discussion Group
2021     Annual Conference of the Microbiology Society
2021     York Microbiology Symposium
2020     UK Group A Streptococcus Meeting
2020     Department of Chemistry, University of East Anglia
2020     FASEB Trace Elements in Biology (cancelled due to Covid-19)
2020     International Copper Meeting (cancelled due to Covid-19)
2019     Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield
2019     Institute of Microbiology and Infection, University of Birmingham
2019     6th Molecular Microbiology Meeting
2019     Institut de Biologie Intégrative de la Cellule, France
2019     School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh
2018     Annual Conference of the Microbiology Society, Birmingham
2018     School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University
2018     School of Biosciences, University of Kent
2018     Department of Pathology, Cambridge University
2018     British Society for Immunology Northeast Group Symposium
2018     Durham Centre for Global Infectious Diseases Symposium
2017     Durham Biophysical Sciences Institute
2017     Bio21 Institute for Molecular Sciences and Technology, Australia
2016     International Copper Meeting
2015     Gordon Research Conference Cell Biology of Metals
2015     Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series, Emory University
2015     Department of Chemistry, Indiana University
2015     Center for Antibiotic Resistance Seminar, University of Alabama at Birmingham
2014     Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference


2021     Media interview, “Career Ladder: Karrera Djoko.” Chemistry & Engineering News
    Media interview, “Copper won’t save you from the coronavirus.” New York Times
2019     Interview, “A conversation with Dr Karrera Djoko.” Scientific Writing & Coaching Blog
2019     Blog post, “The Metal Matters.” for
2019     Media interview, “The Secret Silos of #ChemTwitter.” Chemistry & Engineering News
2019     Media interview, “Copper water bottles might look great, but do their health benefits stack up?” ABC Science (Australia)
2016     Media interview, “A new weapon against superbugs.” DetikHealth (Indonesia)
2016     Media interview, “Parents gave right advice.” Logan Reporter
2015     Media interview, “Treasures of the Earth: Metals.” PioneerTV Productions and PBS NOVA (USA)