Our staff and facilities support research across the University, Australian community and internationally in natural, agricultural, physical, life and biomedical sciences and engineering.

Biological sciences

Research in the biosciences incorporates the natural sciences. It involves understanding the biology (from whole organism to sub-cellular level) of organisms, with applications in fields such as marine biology, agriculture, zoology, plant biology and evolution.

Biological Sciences Application Group Leader: Dr Jeremy Shaw

Biomedical sciences

Research in the biomedical sciences span basic, applied, translational and clinical research which develop knowledge in the area of human health and disease. It seeks to improve the understanding, aetiology, diagnosis, monitoring, management or treatment of physical or mental disease or other health conditions in humans.

Biomedical Sciences Application Group Leader: Dr Laila Abudulai 

Earth sciences

Analysing and characterising the minerals and microstructures of our rocks and soils, our research increases understanding of our planet’s past and guides the sustainable development of our resources for the future.

Earth Sciences Application Group Leader: Dr Malcolm Roberts

Physical sciences/Engineering

Our research involves the characterisation of the structure, composition and chemistry of materials down to the nano or atomic scales. We are involved in a wide range of collaborative research programs in areas such as nanomaterials/nanotechnology, semiconductors and materials engineering.

Physical Sciences/Engineering Application Group Leader: Dr Alexandra Suvorova