Welcome to the School of Molecular Bioscience

Professor Iain L. Campbell


We in the School are proud to be associated with one of the first and largest schools in Australia devoted to research and teaching in the areas of microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, cell biology and human nutrition. The School organisation reflects its research and teaching strengths and priorities. There are five research disciplines: Structural Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Nutrition and Metabolism, and Proteomics and Biotechnology. At the heart of the School’s research and teaching efforts is a vibrant and multidisciplinary community of accomplished academic and research professionals, technical and administrative and support staff. A snapshot of the School’s current community reveals we are comprised of a total of 75 academics (including 4 Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science, 2 Federation Fellows, and 31 postdoctoral fellows) and 51 general staff.

The research interests of the School span key areas in modern bioscience and include: determination of the structures and function of important macromolecules such as proteins; the molecular biology and genetics of microorganisms and mammals; genomics and proteomics; tissue engineering; the molecular and cellular basis of important diseases including human genetic disease, cancer, central nervous system inflammation and obesity; metabolism and human nutrition. In recognition of the research excellence of our staff, we received over $9 million in competitive research grants in 2010. Underpinning our research endeavours, the School has a superb range of specialised facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. The results of the School’s research efforts are contributing to the spectacular advances being made today in the biological and biomedical sciences and laying the foundations for the prevention, control and cure of disease and improvement of quality of life.

Another key mission of the School is in the training of the next generation of scientists. Our academic staff are recognised for their outstanding record and commitment to teaching excellence in bioscience. Significantly, we are very well placed to translate the latest scientific discoveries from the research lab into the lecture theatre and practical class. Our philosophy and practice of research-led teaching equips our students with the latest, exciting, cutting-edge scientific knowledge well before it can be found in a textbook. In complementing theoretical coursework, the School’s teaching labs are well equipped with the latest technology and equipment ensuring our students are well trained and prepared as they embark upon their careers.

I now invite you to explore our website to learn more about the School, its staff, research, teaching and other activities.

Professor Iain L. Campbell
Head of School (2011 - )