BSc (Hons): Australian National University (1980), PhD: Australian National University, Plant Genetics (1986), Postdoctoral/Research Fellow: Australian National University (1986-1989), The Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK (1990-1993)
Professor of Molecular Genetics
+61 7 336 52131

I was a Postdoctoral Fellow and a Research Fellow at ANU, and then a Higher Scientific Officer in The Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. I was appointed to a senior lectureship at the University of Queensland in 1993, initially in School of Land & Food Sciences, and then relocated my lab to School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences in 1997. In 1998, I was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship.

Brief Research Description: 
Molecular genetics of gene expression and development
Research Focus and Collaborations: 

My laboratory focuses on using plants as model genetic organisms. The research theme of my laboratory is the role of RNA interference and epigenetics in regulation of gene expression, and response of genomes to the environment. Genetic and molecular approaches are being used to identify and clone key plant genes involved in gene silencing. We are particularly interested in genes involved in intercellular RNA signaling, and how these affect plant development and plant defence against viruses and transposons. We are also investigating in the role of intron splicing in regulation of gene silencing and gene expression, and the role of epigenetics in pollen development.

Funded Projects: 

ARC Discovery Project 2015-2017, Systematic gene silencing in arabdiposis and relevance to plant biology, B Carroll, K Kazan, D Jackson, Total value of grant: $355,100

Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 2013-2017, Transforming subtropical/tropical tree crop productivity, J Wilkie et al., Total value of grant: $1,570,656

DIISR AISRF Grand Challenge Program 2012-2016, Crop plants which remove their own major biotic constraints, P Bhalla, D Russell, M Singh, C Robin, J Golz, O Edwards, B Carroll, Total value of grant: $2,930,000

ARC- Linkage Project 2013-2015, Strength in uniformity - novel clonal technologies for a more productive avocado industry, N Mitter, C Beveridge, B Carroll, Total value of grant: $626,370

ARC Discovery Project 2002-2014, Intron splicing regulates gene silencing in Arabidopsis, B Carroll S Sureshkumar, Total value of grant: $340,000

DIISR AISRF Bio-technology Fund 2011-2014, Discovery and manipulation of microRNAs involved in high temperature tolerance in crop plants, B. Carroll, S. Balasubramanian, N. Mitter, Total value of grant: $300,000

ARC Discovery Project 2009-2011, Genetic and molecular analysis of long-distance gene silencing in Arabidopsis, B Carroll, Total value of grant: $240,000

ARC Linkage Project 2008-2010, Understanding and avoiding transgene silencing in sugarcane, R Birch, M Graham, B Carroll, D Schlebs, P Collins, Total value of Grant: $900,000


Molecular Genetics, Molecular Technologies and Biotechnology; joint convenor of Genetics Major.

Significant Professional Activities and Awards: 


  • Member of UQ Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and Chair of UQ IBC sub-committee
  • External member of Queensland Government Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation IBC
  • Member of American Society of Plant Physiologists and OzBio
  • Member of Organizing Committees for 2004 Lorne Genome Conference and 2006 International Conference on Legume Genomics and Genetics School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland

Carroll, B. (1999) Phenotype modifying genetic sequences 
National Phase Entry in Australia, USA and Europe

Carroll, B., Harrison, D. and Aung, H. (2003) Detection of DNA methylation 
World patent no. WO 03/025215

Recent Supervision

PhD: Principal Advisor 3; Associate Advisor 4
MPhil: Principal Advisor 1

Selected Publications: