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In 2020, the Institute for Molecular Bioscience is celebrating our 20th anniversary by shining a light on 20 years of discovery and application.

Our scientists are exploring the world at the molecular level to find out how life begins, develops and ends.

We take our research beyond the edge of the known, seeking new knowledge to solve complex health and environmental challenges.

Below is a taste of the research that goes on within our walls.







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Shining a light on our people


Spotlight on: Ian Henderson


Professor Ian Henderson may be a researcher in science, but it was a knowledge of history that inspired him to study some of the world’s smallest living organisms.

The new Director of IMB has devoted his working life to studying antibiotic resistance – the ability of microbes to resist treatment – and develop solutions to this urgent global challenge.


“If we can understand the relationship between the surface of a bacterial cell and its environment, then we can disrupt those interactions and stop infection, and the negative consequences of coming into contact with some micro-organisms.”


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20 year timeline


In our 20 years of existence, we’ve had some exciting milestones and breakthroughs. From receiving the official green light with funding commitments, to the first day of the institute, to delving into the genome to learn more about our ‘instruction manual’ and genetic diseases that plague us, to growing the world’s first mini-kidneys, to investigating areas of global impact from cancers to environmentally friendly fuels, IMB researchers both past and present have been exploring the molecular realm and creating positive change. Click through for a taste of what we’ve achieved over the past two decades.



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Women in STEMM event

The XX Effect: Securing Australia’s health and economy

Thursday 12 March 2020

The University of Queensland is hosting an International Women’s Day 2020 breakfast featuring our inspiring UQ staff and alumnae who are leading the charge to ensure a diverse collective of voices shape the future of health and environmental sciences globally.

To secure Australia’s health and economy into the future, the talents of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) are vital.

In recognising the significance of International Women’s Day 2020 commitment to an equal world that is an enabled world, we have brought together a collective of STEMM specialists to celebrate their achievements and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. What would you share with your younger self once you have traversed the STEMM pipeline?

Please join us at this inspirational event and we can together, celebrate women’s achievements in STEMM, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.


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