World-leading research into today’s challenges

Recognised for research excellence

La Trobe is recognised for its research strengths at a global level. We are Australia's leading university in biochemistry and cell biology research, rated 'well above world standard' in these fields by the Excellence in Research for Australia initiative. La Trobe is also rated at or above world standard in research fields including:

  • biological sciences
  • condensed matter physics
  • human movement and sports science.

World-class research centres

La Trobe's Research and Development Precinct is the largest wholly university-owned and managed network of technology parks in Australia, spanning the Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga campuses as well as the Bundoora campus. The Bundoora campus is currently being transformed with the construction of the $94 million La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science (LIMS) and the $288 million Centre for Agribiosciences:

AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience

Supporting La Trobe's research community is the e-Research office, which was the first Australian unit to establish a computerised visualisation laboratory that provides a visualisation wall and HD videoconferencing.

La Trobe is also home to:

The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre

Australia's first centre dedicated to researching Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The centre's Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre is the first in Victoria to provide care and early intervention programs for children with an ASD as part of a regular childcare facility.

Judith Lumley Centre for mother, infant and family health research

This centre focuses its research on major public health issues for mothers and children, such as health services for pregnancy and birth, cross-cultural issues, and the social context of motherhood.

Centre for Sport and Social impact

Through real-world research and work with both industry and government, the CSSI aims to change the future of sport management practices and policy.

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS)

Undertaking social research into sexuality, health, and the social dimensions of human relationships ARCSHS works collaboratively to produce research that promotes positive change in policy, practice and people's lives.

Find out more

These are just some of La Trobe's many research centres and institutes, some of which involve joint ventures with other research organisations, industry and government bodies. Find out more about joining our research community.