IMG20180511172657_2.jpgKarrera Djoko, PhD [CV]
Assistant Professor in Biosciences

Karrera was born in Indonesia and raised in Singapore. She completed a BS in Chemistry at PennState University (USA) in 2004 and went on to obtain a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Melbourne and Bio21 Institute (Australia) in 2009. After a long (8.5 years!) postdoctoral period at the University of Queensland and Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre (Australia), including a brief stint as a visiting fellow at Emory University (USA) in 2015, Karrera moved to Durham University (UK) in 2017 to establish her own research group.

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



Join us! Talk to Karrera about possible MBiol, MSci, and MRes projects at Durham University. Students interested in using chemical and biochemical approaches to solve puzzles in microbiology and infectious diseases are particularly encouraged to contact us. Opportunities for PhD studentships will be advertised as they become available.



Jack Bolton

Jack is an MBiol research student. He is studying metalation and mis-metalation of metallo-β-lactamases, focusing on the New Delhi Metallo-b-lactamases that are now widespread globally.





Samantha Firth

Samantha is a PhD student, funded by the BBSRC Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham Doctoral Training Partnership. She is co-supervised by Dr Kevin Waldron (Newcastle University). Samantha studies trafficking of nutrient copper in the periplasm of pathogenic Neisseria.




Atreyee Mishra

Atreyee is a PhD student, funded by Durham University GCRF-CDT doctoral training programme. She is jointly supervised by Dr. James Walton from Durham Chemistry. She designs and synthesises copper complexes, and studies their potential as antimicrobial resistance breakers.


Denis Thaqi

Denis is a PhD student at the University of Queensland (Australia) co-supervised by Prof. Bostjan Kobe, Prof. Alastair McEwan, and Dr Zhen Luo. Denis is investigating the biochemical properties of a copper chaperone that is critical for anaerobic respiration in pathogenic Neisseria.


Rebecca Chiu

Rebecca was an undergraduate Biomedical Science student co-supervised by Dr Peter Chivers and Dr David Weinkove. For 5 weeks she investigated sources of endogenous formaldehyde production in Escherichia coli. Rebecca went on to complete a Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Andrew Turner

Andrew was a PhD student at the University of Queensland (Australia) co-supervised by Prof. Mark Walker, Prof. Alastair McEwan, and Dr Cheryl-lynn Ong. Andrew studied Mn and Fe homeostasis in Group A Streptococcus and contributed to Karrera’s Cu projects. Upon graduation, Andrew enrolled in medical school at Griffith University, Australia.