Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB)

Every scientific discovery starts with imagining a better future. Just imagine being part of a journey to discover new knowledge and translate these discoveries into solutions to positively impact the health of our families, communities and the environment. 

At UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, we use life itself to change the world, bringing together 500 researchers from across the globe to solve some of the world’s greatest health and environmental challenges.

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IMB’s game-changing research is framed through six research centres focusing on superbug infection, pain, heart disease, inflammation, solar biotechnology and the interplay of genomics and disease. We also undertake research in cancer, brain injury and disease, the environment and agricultural solutions. 

IMB takes life sciences discoveries from the genome to drug design and application – for health, disease and for the sustainability of our cities, fuels and foods.

IMB stands at the forefront of basic life sciences research, a vital segment of the research continuum that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life. Through our research programs and vision, we aim to inspire and train the next generation of scientists. We believe that we have a responsibility to contribute to society, not just by finding solutions to global problems, but by positively impacting the public perception of fundamental research and making public engagement part of our research culture.

Our notable people

Professor Glenn King

Professorial Research Fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience 
Biochemist and structural biologist

“So many Australian families have been impacted by stroke, including my own. Having a drug that could be administered in rural locations and protect the brain would be life-changing.”

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