Outstanding research facilities

As a graduate research candidate, you’ll be able to access purpose-built and custom-designed research facilities.

From physical facilities like the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science to our research platforms that maximise our strengths, we’ve invested in infrastructure to help your research make an impact.

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As a graduate research candidate, you will have access to purpose-built and designed research areas in the Melbourne and Bendigo Campus libraries. Research students from all campuses are welcome to use these purpose-built spaces.

The Gait Laboratory is a state-of-the-art research facility within the Musculoskeletal Research Centre. It is used to understand the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system, and causes, prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and disease, with a particular emphasis on lower extremity disorders and those affecting balance and gait.

One of the key features of the laboratory is the Vicon motion analysis system for kinematic (motion) and kinetic (force) evaluation.

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The LIMS Microscopy and Imaging Facility provides a broad range of confocal and electron microscopy instrumentation, including specimen preparation laboratories. It contains cutting-edge light microscopy equipment for biological imaging of live cells and high-powered electron microscopes for nanoscale imaging of frozen and fixed samples.

The Department of Chemistry and Physics and Centre for Materials and Surface Science offer Australia's most comprehensive suite of surface science equipment. Contemporary surface analytical techniques allow the elemental composition, chemistry and molecular structure of the outermost layers of solid surfaces to be determined, in addition to atom-scale imaging and engineering.

We are a foundation investor of the Australian Synchrotron, based a short drive from our Melbourne Campus. Classified as the largest scientific user facility in the southern hemisphere, the Australian Synchrotron is recognised for major breakthroughs across a wide range of scientific and industrial applications, from medical research to micro-manufacturing. A number of La Trobe instruments are permanently based at the synchrotron facility.

The Proteomics facility is a state-of-the-art research facility within the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) which houses a comprehensive range of contemporary research equipment. It is used to for a range of applications, including the separation and identification of proteins and small molecules and the measurement and quantitation of biomolecular interactions, to address a broad variety of molecular research questions.

The Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Platform provides investigators with the latest in "next generation sequencing" capabilities to facilitate wide-ranging research projects requiring highly detailed global DNA and RNA sequence analysis. The platform is supported by bioinformaticians who provide advice on experimental methodology and interpretation of genomic data.

Interactive Visualisation Facilities are immersive spaces that allow researchers to display, analyse and interact with data, and to share their findings in real time with their colleagues in Australia or overseas.

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Visit our Office of Research Infrastructure website for more information about our research facilities.