21 years...

Discovering the unknown


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In 2021, the Institute for Molecular Bioscience is celebrating our 21st anniversary by shining a light on 21 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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21 year timeline


In our 21 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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Meet the Researchers

COVID-19 research response

Thursday 19 November 2020

UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) will be hosting Meet the Researchers: COVID-19 research response in November.

Given the current state of health globally, and the urgent need for critical health research to provide insights to combat the current pandemic, IMB’s leading life science researchers have shifted focus in support of this. The last Meet the Researchers of 2020 present an opportunity to showcase these projects and detail for you how we are driving discovery for solutions to combat the impact of COVID-19 for patients now and in the future.

Following the presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to ask the panel any questions they may have. Join us online for this digital event to hear first-hand how IMB is investigating solutions for the current health crisis.


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