We use cutting-edge technologies to answer fundamental questions relating to health, disease and the environment. Our work focusses on basic biochemical and cellular processes, studies on whole organisms from microbes to humans, and the interactions of these organisms with their environment.
Our research embodies La Trobe University’s strategic priorities of excellence, innovation and international recognition. The Department’s vision is achieved through excellence across ten research themes.
Researching a wide spectrum of cardiovascular biology and diseases.
Examining cell functions, interactions, and mechanisms that control embryonic development.
Contributing towards evidence-based teaching practices and high quality student learning experience.
Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology represents laboratories focused on endocrinology, neurobiology, molecular genetics and foetal programming of adult diseases.
Studying physical and immunological interactions of viruses, bacteria and parasites with their hosts.
Exploring metabolic or mitochondrial dysfunction in chronic and degenerative diseases.
Observing how communities of microorganisms interact with each other, their environment and us.
Understanding the role of cellular signalling, biochemical interactions and pathophysiology.
Exploring the effects of drugs on the nervous system and the neural mechanisms through which they influence behaviour.
Discovering new and improved ways to prevent, diagnose and treat neurological disorders.