Undergraduate Research Training

General information

BIOM30003 is your opportunity to see what a real research laboratory is like! Upon undertaking this subject in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, students spend a semester working on an exciting, research-based project with our internationally regarded researchers. This experience gives students a significant edge for future post-graduate research options in the Department, including Honours and Masters.

Projects in the time of Covid-19

Due to Covid-19 restrictions several groups are offering on-line research and data analysis projects which can be taken remotely. Students will engage in their projects and attend laboratory (Zoom) meetings.

The BIOM30003 Biomedical Science On-Line Research Projects (PDF 1.1 MB) contains details of these projects.

Please apply for these projects as outlined in the ‘How do I apply?’ section

With the return of research activity to laboratories in June and the development of protocols for safe laboratory practices there will be an opportunity to resume the projects in laboratories by the start of semester 2.

These projects are listed in the Research Project guide section below.

Research project guide

Research labs are now offering in lab research projects under strict conditions of social distancing.

The BIOM30003-Biomedical Science Research Project (PDF 2.2 MB) contains details of the research projects that are available for prospective BIOM30003 students in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Most projects are supervised by departmental researchers in the University of Melbourne Bio21 Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute.

What are the entry requirements for BIOM30003?

  1. An average score of 75 or better in relevant second and third year subjects.
  2. Completing the equivalent of a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  3. You are expected to either be taking or have completed the third year Biochemistry and Molecular Biology practical subject ‘Advanced Techniques in Molecular Science’ (BCMB30010) or an equivalent practical subject in another department. This requirement is waived for students undertaking a computational project (i.e. not lab-based). Instead students must have skills in a discipline that is relevant to that project, e.g. coding, bioinformatics, maths.

Note: final selection of students into projects is at the discretion of the laboratory head.

How do I apply?

  1. Read the project descriptions and arrange a meeting with the supervisor(s) you are interested in.
  2. Obtain a provisional offer in the project by the supervisor.
  3. Complete the online application form on the BMB department website.

    Provisional Offer Form

  4. Email the department coordinator, Leon Helfenbaum (leonh@unimelb.edu.au), to set up a meeting to arrange administrative enrollment procedures.

Who can I contact for general advice?

Students can obtain advice from Leon Helfenbaum (leonh@unimelb.edu.au), the departmental coordinator for BIOM30003 and coordinator of BCMB30010 ‘Advanced Techniques in Molecular Science’.