Welcome from Head of Department

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Professor Ian van Driel

Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a research and research-lead teaching department of the School of Biomedical Science in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. The Department’s research laboratories are mainly located in the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute) which is adjacent to the University of Melbourne campus at Parkville and the University of Melbourne, Medical Building. We use our strengths in research to create high-quality courses for our undergraduate and graduate students in biomedicine, science and medicine.

The Department and the Bio21 Institute provides outstanding career opportunities for staff and superb training facilities and environment for students. The Department has research strengths in molecular cell biology, structural biology and macromolecular imaging, protein biochemistry, molecular immunology, neurobiology and computational biology.  We apply our strengths to diseases such as cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, malaria, parasite infections, and inflammatory autoimmune diseases. The department is home to 16 research groups including 6 independent research fellows, more than 25 postdoctoral fellows and 70 graduate research students.

The Bio21 Institute is home to ~600 researchers in biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, neuroscience, environmental science, dentistry and engineering. The Institute supports several major technology platforms including the Melbourne Advanced Microscopy Facility, the Magnetic Resonance Facility, the Melbourne Mass spectrometry and Proteomics Facility, Metabolomics Australia, the Macromolecular Interactions Facility, a peptide synthesis facility, as well as High Performance Computing and facilities for animal models. The Bio21 Institute also has research facilities for a number of biotechnology companies including the major research laboratories of CSL, Australia’s largest pharmaceutical and biotechnology company. 

We invite you to browse our website and welcome inquiries from students interested in pursuing our undergraduate studies and graduate research training.

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