Celebrating 5 years at the School of Biomedical Sciences

Together we are growing the next generation of biomedical scientists, doctors and health professionals right in the heart of the southern hemisphere’s largest biomedical precinct.

The University of Melbourne has been teaching and researching biomedical sciences for almost 160 years.

This year we mark the five-year anniversary since the School of Biomedical Sciences was established under Head of School Professor Fabienne Mackay.

The School quickly fostered a reputation for research and teaching excellence and is one of the University’s largest and fastest growing Schools with more than 500 staff and over 2500 equivalent full-time student enrolments each year.

Join us during the year as we celebrate the revolution of biomedicine, innovations in big data analysis, genomics, computational biology and advanced imaging which are opening new ways of understanding the human body.

We will also open the doors to our world-class facilities right in the heart of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, recognise our inclusive culture and honour our global-leading researchers and award-winning teachers. There is much to celebrate.

Read more about the School of Biomedical Sciences in our new magazine.

School of Biomedical Sciences at-a-glance

A hub of innovation, exceptional collaboration opportunities and cutting-edge facilities.

  • Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience

    “Without a doubt, this is the most exciting time for biomedical research with new technologies allowing researchers to obtain large and complex amounts of information and use this knowledge in ways that we could only dream about 10 years ago.”

    Dept of Anatomy and Neuroscience Head, Professor Jennifer Wilkinson-Berka

  • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    "The Department is located in the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute leading to opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration and access to cutting-edge technology platforms. The Department has existing and developing strengths in structural biology, biomolecules in signalling and cellular dynamics, protein engineering, design and chemical biology, systems and omics biology, computational biology and drug discovery."

    Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Head, Professor Ian van Driel

  • Department of Microbiology and Immunology

    “We are fortunate to have a large group of absolutely stellar researchers and educators in both the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Doherty Institute. It’s a privilege to get an inside view as people make great discoveries or develop new ways of teaching particular concepts or subjects.”

    Dept of Microbiology and Immunology Head, Professor Andrew Brooks

  • Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

    "We research molecular, cellular and tissue actions of drugs and utilise animal models of disease that can lead to clinical studies. Our students learn both theoretical and practical pharmacological principles essential for drug discovery and development."

    Dept of Pharmacology and Therapeutics Acting Head, Associate Professor James Ziogas

  • Department of Physiology

    "Established in 1862 and with a strong record of excellence, our Department's goal is to remain at the forefront of scientific research using novel and imaginative research methods to study metabolism, cardiovascular health, neurophysiology, and muscle and exercise physiology."

    Dept of Physiology Head, Professor Matthew Watt


  • 85+ research groups in five departments
  • 1350+ peer-reviewed publications annually
  • $56+ million in research funding annually
  • 22.4% of publications in the top 10% of the world’s most cited
  • 200+ PhD students each year

  • 2500+ equivalent full-time students
  • 2000 undergraduate
  • 300 higher degree coursework
  • 1900+ Australian and 600+ international
  • 200 higher degree research
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The School of Biomedical Sciences is one of 6 schools housed in the Faculty

  • 1700+ academic staff including 1300+ research academics
  • 3500+ honorary academics including 2000+ hospital-based honorary staff
  • 800+ professional staff
  • $475m research income
  • 20 highly-cited researchers – the most of any Australian university
  • 1st among Go8 for student satisfaction with teaching (qilt.edu.au)
  • 6th in the world for graduate employability