Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences

ERA rating for Biological Sciences


Macquarie University research strength can be distinguished in ecology and evolution, and in biomolecular sciences.

Macquarie’s strengths in genomics, proteomics, glycomics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, microbiology, and biotechnology are cemented together by the Biomolecular Frontiers Research Centre.


Macquarie is host to two Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centres and contributes nodes to three National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy projects. Macquarie is a major partner in the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Nanoscale Biophotonics, the ARC Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P) for Future Oysters, and was a major partner in the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. A major new initiative in synthetic biology further integrates across disciplines via the international Synthetic Yeast Genome Project.


The high-calibre research being conducted by Macquarie’s academics has been recognised through fellowships and extensive collaborations. Some collaborating bodies include the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, the CoE for Nanoscale Biophotonics, ARC CRC-P for Future Oysters, the three NCRIS facilities, two nodes of the NSW Adaptation Hub (Biodiversity and Coastal Processes), the Australian Museum, Taronga Zoo, the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project, and several collaborative projects with Horticulture Innovation Australia, including Q-Fly Sterile Insect Technique consortium and the Green Cities ‘Which Plant Where’ project.

The cover of a book called Introduction to Conservation Genetics

Inbreeding, outbreeding, managing wild populations

From improving the survival of Tasmanian devils and lemurs, to writing guides used in international training programs, and helping shape captive breeding best practice with zoos and museums, Professor Dick Frankham’s work on minimising the genetic risks of inbreeding and outbreeding has had wide-reaching impact on the conservation of endangered species.

Frankham is the lead author of three professional reference books that have reshaped the conservation genetics field. These books have the express purpose of translating research into practice, and positively influenced species conservation programs globally.

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    Significant contribution


Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research Centre
Director: Prof Nicki Packer

MQ Centre for Green Cities
Director: Prof Michelle Leishman

Macquarie University Species Spectrum Research Centre
Director: Prof Marie Herberstein

ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics
Contact: Prof Nicki Packer

ARC Centre for Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation
Contact: Prof Phil Taylor

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Content owner: DVC - Research Last updated: 17 Oct 2019 4:00pm

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