The School of Molecular Sciences is training the next generation of scientists to deepen our understanding of molecular structures and processes fundamental to life on earth – vital research as the global population expands and ages.

The School offers one of Australia's largest teaching programs in biotechnology, nanotechnology and molecular sciences. About 800 undergraduate and 180 PhD students are enrolled in courses that offer integrated workplace learning and a focus on employability.

Three hundred academics, research fellows and postgraduate students are based in the School. It also has an important regional node; many of its scientists work in Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at La Trobe's Bendigo campus.

Our scientists are also members of the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS), a leader in molecular sciences and biotechnology.

Students and researchers have access to the six-storey LIMS complex, including 34 research and support laboratories, a 200-seat auditorium, 3,000 square metres of teaching facilities and advanced research equipment.The School of Molecular Sciences develops its own researchers, supports early career researchers, and is recruiting leading scientists in its areas of strength.

Professor Brian Smith
Head, School of Molecular Sciences