School of Biological Sciences
The School of Biological Sciences has a world class concentration of scientific expertise and facilities and offers high quality research training at Honours, Masters and Doctorate levels.
As would be expected in one of Australia's premier research environments, we are a truly international community. We host a large, vibrant group of graduate students and aim to prepare graduates for an exciting and diverse range of careers.
We provide a unique research environment that links teaching, honours and post-graduate research excellence, and this has consistently produced outstanding scientists in the areas below, who have attained national and international prominence in their fields.
- Ecology & Environmental Science
Research Group Group Leader Plant Conservation Biology Professor Andy Lowe Invasion Ecology Assoc. Prof. Phill Cassey Applied Ecology and Conservation Assoc. Prof Lian Pin Koh Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility Assoc. Prof Lian Pin Koh Global Change Ecology Professor Corey Bradshaw Spatial Sciences Group Professor Megan Lewis Marine Biology Professor Bronwyn Gillanders Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecology Professor Justin Brookes Animal and Plant Physiology
- Genetics & Evolution
- Molecular & Cellular Biology
The principal research areas in the School include an understanding of, and potential cures for, major diseases such as cancer, neurological disorders, developmental abnormalities, genetic and viral diseases, chronic inflammatory diseases, bacterial infections and to better understand, manage and conserve our natural systems and resources - marine, freshwater, terrestrial, mineral – often with a multi-disciplinary approach that will assist in informing policy and decision making into the future. With biodiversity under pressure from excessive resource use, population growth, pollution and climate change, research in this area is more important than it has ever been.
The school is remarkably successful in obtaining competitive funding for its research activities, including a large number of national and international grants. Members of the School participate in Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Programs including the Australian Bacterial Pathogenesis Program.
A suite of strategically placed field stations on islands, on coasts and inland arid zones promote field research from early on in undergraduate teaching, and are regularly used by our postgraduates and research staff.