About the Department

The Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology prepares graduates for working in areas of research, health promotion, rehabilitation and community health across a broad range of specialist areas including: 

  • anatomy 
  • bacteria and viruses
  • bacterial electricity 
  • biofilms
  • eukaryotic microorganisms
  • human anatomy 
  • lysosomal disease
  • mitochondrial biology and disease
  • molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurological and neurodegenerative diseases
  • organism function and systems 
  • pathology 
  • pharmacology 
  • physiology 
  • rotavirus epidemiology 
  • rumen and sewage microbiology
  • vaccines
  • vesicle trafficking in eukaryotic cells

Build your career

Graduates can work across administration, health promotion, information management, marketing, research and evaluation, and non-clinical aspects of client management. Work may be in government departments and agencies, hospitals, community health centres, rehabilitation centres, geriatric care agencies, pharmaceutical companies and private health-care organisations.

We provide research facilities and staff expertise across specialised laboratory facilities. Our research interests are aligned with two of the University's new Research Focus Areas, Understanding Disease and Securing Food, Water and the Environment, and the newly built institutes, the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) and Agribio, the Centre for Agribioscience.

Our Staff

We have a diverse and talented range of staff with experience in local and international environments from universities to medical research institutes. The department has active collaborative links with a variety of external organisations including St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research, the Melbourne Brain Centre and Diabetes Institute as well as an international partnership with the Salk Institute of Biological Studies in Austria. 

We are proud to showcase award winning teachers who have been recognised for making outstanding contributions to student learning, the Vice Chancellor's award for teaching excellence as well as awards from the Australian Learning  and Teaching Council (ALTC).