About the Department

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

Honours and postgraduate positions are available in a wide range of research areas including molecular, cellular and structural biology, fundamental and applied biochemistry and genetics in the study of microbes, plants and animals, as well as biomedical applications in human health and disease. The department also has strong links with industry having embedded a number of biotechnology companies.

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.

The annual Bruce Stone Lecture was established to honour of the Department’s Foundation Professor. It recognises and celebrates outstanding professional achievements and leadership of alumni and associates in the discipline of Biochemistry and Genetics at La Trobe University.

Read more about the history of biochemistry at La Trobe University [PDF 15 MB].

Professor Mark Hulett
Head, Biochemistry and Genetics