About the department

The Department of Biochemistry and Genetics has a proud history of in-depth teaching and excellence in research.

Honours and postgraduate positions are available in a wide range of research areas including molecular, structural and cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and the study of microbes, native and exotic animals and plants in addition to biomedical application in human disease.

The Department is situated within the School of Molecular Sciences and is based in the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS).

Opened in 2013, the $94.1 million LIMS building offers students and scientists world-class research and teaching facilities. The state-of-the-art research hub is the interface between La Trobe and local and global biotechnology companies, and is a key player in the development of a Northern Bioscience Precinct in Melbourne's fast-growing northern region.

Dr Robyn Murphy
Head, Biochemistry and Genetics