Belinda ParkerThe 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 six 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.


The Neurobiology theme investigates the biology and diseases associated with the nervous system.

Molecular Design

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

Molecular Imaging

The Molecular Imaging theme uses a broad range of methods to characterise molecular structure and function.

Molecular Sensing

The Molecular Sensing theme seeks to combine chemistry, physics and biology to identify and quantitate key chemical and biochemical species in the environment and in the human body.