Partner with us

The Institute for Molecular Bioscience at UQ is Australia’s highest-performing research institute and the life science powerhouse. We give you access to a unique collaboration of the world’s best minds, in cutting-edge facilties, working across multiple disciplines on real-world problems.

Our unique approach means we see what others can’t, so we solve problems others simply can’t solve.

In partnership with you, the possibilities are endless. 

Together we will transform tomorrow with discoveries that change lives. 

The Institute's success ensures The University of Queensland is a global leader in life science research. The diversity of our researchers and our research across the diverse disciplines of chemistry, computational biology, genetics, genomics, solar biotechnology means we see what others can’t.

We deliver solutions to real-world problems that matter.


Ash AmirShahi
Research Partnerships Manager
  +61 7 334 62194

Breaking the status quo
with a new way of thinking

We are not constrained by tradition and nor should you be –
by thinking in a whole new way, we uncover a whole
new approach to solving problems.

Stop imagining what might be possible and
start experiencing the many benefits of working with us.

Exploring the molecular to examine the building blocks of life
develops an understanding of the what, how and whys of natures.

Our scientists harness this knowledge to develop innovative
solutions to the problems that plague us everyday –
problems that companies just like yours are eager to solve.

Unleash the expertise of our world-leading capability in:

  • Genomics
  • Genetics
  • Cell biology
  • Molecular biology
  • Structural biology
  • Molecular medicine
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology

Our specific expertise includes:

  • Venoms and toxins as therapeutics
  • Natural products
  • Drug discovery
  • Antibiotics against superbugs
  • Biomarker development 
  • Bio-insecticides
  • Solar Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomic technologies

Our researchers are discovering new applications everyday,
fueled by our unique approach. Our high-impact discovery and
translation comes from world-leading multidisciplinary teams
working together closely – we have chemists working with
computer scientists and cell biologists for example.
This transforms the way we approach problems and
think about solutions. 

Applications include:

  • Cancers 
  • Inflammation 
  • Chronic pain 
  • Neurogenerative disease 
  • Infection 
  • Reproductive health 
  • Sepsis 
  • Cardiovascular disorders 
  • Stroke 
  • Epilepsy 
  • Asthma 
  • Cognitive aging 
  • Psychiatric disorders 
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease 
  • Clean energy 
  • Crop health 
  • Animal health 

IMB brings discovery to application 

  • $10 million secured in government and industry funding to find solutions to industry problems
  • IMB partners include health services, non-government agencies, SMEs, local, national and industry partners
  • 11 spinouts
  • 66 patents across 38 patent families in the following research areas:
    • 4 agriculture/industrial biotechnology
    • 6 diagnostics/devices
    • 6 drug discovery tools
    • 22 therapeutics

IMB spinout Protagonist listed on the NASDAQ in 2016 and awarded Australian Company of the Year*

*AusBiotech and Johnson and Johnson’s Innovation Industry Excellence Awards



Gateway to the world

In addition to the research collaborations with other Faculties, Schools and Centres in the University of Queensland, IMB collaborations span the State of Queensland, Australia and the globe.

We have more than 1,400 collaborations in 50 countries.

We can open the door to a world of expertise, research providers, corporate and government partners to expand the scope and depth of a response to your research needs.

Our partners are wide and diverse. From other academic institutions, to health providers, industry, charities and governments, we triangulate partnerships to find innovative solutions to local, regional and international challenges. 




Ash AmirShahi
Research Partnerships Manager
  +61 7 334 62194


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