Karen Breese


  • The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Karen Breese is a synthetic organic chemist working on the development of herbicides with new modes of action with Assoc. Prof. Keith Stubbs in the School of Molecular Sciences. She completed her PhD with Assoc. Prof. Russell Barrow at ANU, where she developed hybrid antimalarials to overcome the issue of chloroquine resistance. Subsequently she moved to an industry position at Epichem as a medicinal chemist working on projects in drug discovery for neglected diseases and custom synthesis before joining UWA in 2020. Currently, her research focusses on using chemical and biological approaches to develop new herbicides for use in the agricultural industry.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research expertise keywords

  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Herbicide resistance


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