The La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) is committed to solving global problems and improving the welfare of human societies. The Institute embodies La Trobe University's strategic vision: to be globally recognised for its excellence, creativity and innovation in relation to the big issues of our time.

The Institute's vision is achieved through excellence in four areas of research strength:


The Cancer theme investigates the mechanisms of cancer initiation and progression, the crosstalk between cancer cells and the surrounding environment, and the potential of novel therapeutic approaches for combating disease.

Infection and Immunity

The Infection and Immunity theme studies the molecules used by viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi to infect humans, animals and plants, and the immune response associated with this.

Molecular Design

The Molecular Design theme uses molecules to solve real world problems across a broad range of disciplines.


The Nanoscience theme uses a broad range of methods to characterise molecular structure and function, and to identify and quantitate key chemical and biochemical species in the environment and in the human body.