Botany has never been a more important science..
..being intimately associated with environmental issues, the development of more productive, disease resistant food and energy crops and the management of our forest resources.
Studying Botany at La Trobe prepares you for participation in these important and exciting areas of research. Graduates are offered research opportunities based in our own laboratories as well as with organisations including the CSIRO, the Victorian AgriBiosciences Centre (VABC) and the Department of Primary Industries (DPI).
The School of Molecular Sciences is in the Faculty of Science, Technology & Engineering and consists of the Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Genetics and the School of Pharmacy.
The School has a very strong research culture and attracts over $7 million in outside research grants per annum. The School has also been very active in developing new initiatives in teaching. These include the development of Medical Sciences and Chemical Science degrees, a new Immunology subject as well as the 2-year Masters in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. A new Medicinal Chemistry course is now being developed. It goes without saying that our teaching is informed by research.
The Hearing Research Unit for Children has been established within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in 2007. This research unit is devoted to the study of hearing and hearing disorders in children who may have associated speech, language and learning difficulties. This unit capitalises upon the strengths of individual team members and collaborators across the disciplines of audiology, speech pathology, occupational therapy and otorhinolaryngology, providing opportunities for multidisciplinary research of the highest national and international standards. Studies will focus on the screening and identification of hearing impairment in children from birth, and habilitation in children with hearing impairment, using cutting edge technologies.
The Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland (UQ) a world leading research institute dedicated to finding knowledge-based solutions to the sustainability challenges of the global minerals industry.
Our purpose is to develop practical solutions to the challenges of operating sustainably in the resources sector.
We have a unique inter-disciplinary approach including expertise in engineering, science and the social sciences.
Our expertise which comes from experience across the research, government and industry sectors is genuinely independent and objective.
Our work covers all facets of the life of mine from geology, to minerals extraction, water management issues, minerals processing, workplace health and safety, mine rehabilitation and community engagement.
The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is an integrated multi-disciplinary research institute bringing together the skills of world-class researchers in the areas of bioengineering and nanotechnology.
It is home to 19 research groups working at the interface of the biological, chemical and physical science to alleviate current problems in human health and environmental issues.
The institute has three key areas that collectively distinguish it from other institutes in the country, namely AIBN's:
* research excellence;
* industry focus; and
* dynamic research environment
These characteristics focus AIBN research efforts on developing new products, processes and devices for improving human health and quality of life. In this way the institute goes beyond basic research to promote and develop the growth of innovative industries, which will benefit the Queensland and Australian economies.
The University of Queensland is a research leader in many areas associated with global change.
The University established the Global Change Institute (GCI), led by world-renowned researcher Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, to provide a vehicle for collaborative research, learning, engagement and advocacy in major global change issues.
The GCI will contribute to evidence-based, progressive solutions to the problems of a rapidly changing world within the existing and projected frameworks of those problems: political, environmental, social, economic, technical.
It will investigate complex, interconnected issues in innovative ways to achieve multi-disciplinary, integrated solutions.
The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI) is a modern research facility where clinical and basic science converge in the translational research of cancer and disorders of immune regulation. Headed by Professor Matthew Brown, the Institute is host to over 200 researchers, students and support staff. It lays claim to global, world-changing discoveries such as the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine.
Based at Brisbane’s leading teaching hospital, the Princess Alexandra Hospital, The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute has strong clinical interactions and world-class facilities that enable researchers to be at the forefront of their fields. Our researchers focus their efforts on turning their scientific discoveries into better treatments for diseases including a variety of cancers, osteoporosis, arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
Australia's premier centre for independent contemporary dance research, training and performance.
Dancehouse exists to advance independent contemporary dance in Australia through its program of research, training and performance. Dancehouse creates an environment where creative risk, independent career paths, collaborative relationships and diverse practice and presentation can flourish. Dancehouse is also a crucial link to a network of movement practices, artists and organisations in Australia and internationally.
Established by a working group of independent dance practitioners 1992, Dancehouse is the only presenter in Australia dedicated solely to contemporary dance, and it offers the only national residency developed for independent dance practitioners alone. From its base in Melbourne, its reputation and influence has crossed state boundaries to shape the artform nationally.
The Centre conducts historical research into an array of European intellectual traditions and cultural forms. It focuses on the discourses in which these forms of thought and culture were formulated, the networks in which such discourses circulated, and the larger cultural and political contexts in which they functioned. The Centre’s focus on European discourses is acknowledgment that intellectual history is regional, and that the vocabularies in which current cultural, political and religious issues are framed emerged at a particular time and place — in early modern Europe — even if these vocabularies have been transmitted into the present by unresolved conflicts rather than by uninterrupted traditions.
The Centre is engaged in several research programs:
This research has given rise to collaborative projects such as the Persona of the Philosopher in Early Modern Europe, Feminine Sexual Pathologies, and the History of Theory.
In pursuing its agenda the Centre has constituted a distinctive research milieu through, the support of postdoctoral fellows, the affiliation of research scholars, and the supervision of postgraduate students. Our key activities include themed public seminars, in-house work in progress seminars, a program of workshops and conferences, and active participation in national and international research networks.
The TIMC undertakes research directed at improving the ability of firms and governments develop effective management practices and policies for technological innovation. Research is conducted at many levels. The TIMC studies firms, public research organizations, industries, clusters, technologies, regions and nations. A key element of this research involves detailed analysis of innovation processes, how they vary across industries, and how they are changing.
The research is commonly undertaken collaboratively with a variety of leading Australian and international research partners, and is conducted in the following areas:
The Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) is an international centre of excellence in innovative water technology and management. Over the last 15 years of research in this field, the AWMC has developed a leading expertise in education, research and consulting. Its particular strength is the close integration of biological science, process engineering and informatics. This unique combination forms the basis for ground-breaking research but also offers some exciting opportunities for development and application of user-specific solutions to challenging environmental problems.
The AWMC has a vast expertise base in its research team with over 45 academic and research staff and more than 30 research students. The AWMC has an outstanding track record of successful research, development and application projects currently worth almost AU$10 million per annum, many in close collaboration with industry and research collaborators.
The recent water and energy crisis has brought about a major change in many aspects of the water industry. The shift towards a true urban water cycle, both at local and regional scale, poses numerous challenges and opportunities for the water industry as a whole. The research portfolio at the AWMC consists of seven linked program. The combined efforts of our programs are achieving sustainable outcomes for the water industry including protecting our water resources and critical infrastructure.
The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM) is an interdisciplinary research, teaching and service centre which also plays an integral role within the science programs of The University of Queensland, participating both in undergraduate and postgraduate education.
The CMM is a foundation member and the Queensland Node of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF) which was established in July 2007 under the Commonwealth Government’s National Collaborative Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).
The Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences (CNAFS) is a virtual centre established in 2003 at the University of Queensland in collaboration with the Queensland Government.
CNAFS supports the development of enhanced health outcomes and economic benefits for Queensland and Australia by carrying out relevant fundamental and applied research across
the nutrition and food sciences to provide a sound basis for subsequent exploitation.
The science of food and nutrition involves the integration of approaches drawing from physical, chemical and biological disciplines. CNAFS uses a range of cross-disciplinary approaches, modern analytical techniques and understanding developed through study of model systems, to identify the fundamental mechanisms responsible for important food and nutrition properties. This involves extensive collaboration with research groups within UQ and DEEDI, and many other Australian and international partners.
Current research themes within CNAFS address the topic of Naturally-Functional Foods, and include:
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies undertakes world-best integrated research for sustainable use and management of coral reefs.
Funded in July 2005 under the Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence program this prestigious research centre is headquartered at James Cook University, in Townsville. The Centre is a partnership of James Cook University (JCU), the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), The Australian National University (ANU), the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), The University of Queensland (UQ) and the University of Western Australia (UWA).
First formed in 1991, the Advanced Analytical Centre (AAC) is a central analytical facility that proudly supports research and industry, providing a wide range of analytical instrumentation backed by experienced and professional staff.
The AAC provides access to a range of techniques covering the fields of microscopy and microanalysis, inorganic and organic chemical analysis, mineralogy/crystallography and genetic analysis. A full list of the current facilities can be found at AAC instrumentation.
The centre provides a full range of services from sample preparation through to final analysis and reporting as well as specific, hands-on training in instrument use. It is also a Linked Laboratory to the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF).