Research excellence

The School of Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences undertakes research with an overarching goal of improving human and animal health, food production, food quality and nutrition, and forensic investigation.  

Our research interests are strongly built around multi-disciplinarity, with our academics collaborating with numerous research institutions and industry bodies locally, nationally and internationally. Current projects are funded both by industry and government bodies, such as the National Health and Medical Research Council.  

Our key research strengths lie in anti-microbial resistance and bacterial disease, parasitic disease, newborn sepsis and immunology, tick-borne disease, tissue fibrosis, food quality, crop production and innovative forensic investigational approaches in both terrestrial and aquatic environments.  

Discipline Research Groups

  • Anti-microbial Resistance and Infectious Disease (AMRID) Laboratory (Abraham, Coombs)   
  • C difficile Laboratory (Riley)   
  • Cell Signalling (Ingley)   
  • Cryptick Laboratory (Oskam)   
  • Food Science and Nutrition Group (Solah)   
  • Forensic Analysis: Hi-Resolution Trace DNA Lab (Chapman)   
  • Forensic DNA Laboratory (Tobe)   
  • Forensic Chemistry Laboratory (Coumbaros)   
  • Haemostasis Research Group (Adams) 
  • Magnify Lab – Forensics from Nature (Magni)  
  • Molecular Microbiology Laboratory (Reeve)   
  • Sepsis Diagnostics Research Group (Currie)   
  • Rhizobium Laboratory (Terpolilli)   
  • Tissue  Repair Group (Prêle)  
  • Toxicology Group (Maker)
  • Vertebrate functional morphology and evolution (Warburton)   

Collaborating Research Centres and Institutes