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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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Meet the Researchers

Putting an end to common disease

Wednesday 20 May 2020

The Institute for Molecular Bioscience will be hosting its second virtual event of the Meet the Researchers Series; Leading the path to solving chronic diseases, via webinar!

The virtual event will highlight how four IMB researchers are investigating solutions to chronic diseases like stroke, asthma, pain and cardiovascular disease. Following the presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to ask the panel any questions they may have.

Join us at this event to hear how IMB investigates the causes of chronic diseases to find solutions to these global problems.


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