What is molecular science?

What exactly is meant when people say, ‘I am studying molecular science’? Before we delve into what molecular science is we should define what we mean by the terms “molecular” and “science”.

Molecules are extremely small particles – the smallest chemical compounds. All of the matter around us – including our own bodies – are made up of molecules. The word “Molecular” describes anything that has to do with, or is made up of, molecules. It describes how molecules come together to form the materials that make up our world – including all life.

“Science” can generally be defined as the study of the natural and physical world through observation and experiment.

Put together, “Molecular Science” is the study of the world at the molecular level. How the world is constructed and how it works at the most fundamental level.

Understanding the world at the molecular level has almost limitless potential.  For example, we can use this knowledge to…

  • Understand the bases for disease
  • Develop vaccines
  • Solve agricultural and environmental problems
  • Explore technological innovations and inventions that improve medical outcomes

Generally speaking, the study of molecular science helps us understand our world better!

The field of molecular science brings together researchers from various disciplines including physics, chemistry, pharmacology, neurobiology, genetics, biochemistry – and more.

The scientists at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) are dedicated to translatable research that produces real world outcomes. We prioritise high impact research that contributes to some of the most critical problems facing our world today.

Take a look at the work carried out by LIMS

Written by Kim Tillott in conjunction with Dr Julian Pakay