About us

Welcome to the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at Monash University, one of five Departments in the Monash BDI. We are a large, innovative, active and engaging teaching and research department with local and global reach:

  • Our 90 faculty and staff members are part of a global community representing many nationalities.
  • The quality of research conducted by our 25 research groups was recognised by award of over $11.5 million in funding in 2019, including that from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC), US Department of Defense, Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (USA), Cancer Australia, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, EJ Whitten Foundation and industry.
  • Our research has wide-reaching implications  through multiple globally significant discoveries. In 2019 and 2020, our researchers published first/senior author papers in Nature (two publications), Science, Nature Communications, Nature Neuroscience, Cell Stem Cell, Cell Reports, Molecular Cell, Stem Cell Reports, PNAS (two publications), J Clin Invest Insight and Elife (two publications).
  • Our commitment to research extends to education with thriving, award-winning education research groups.
  • Our dedication to fostering the future workplace extends to the classroom where we offer a state-of-the-art learning environment and the only Bachelor of Science Major in developmental biology in  Australia, with approximately 1,500 students enrolled in these units.
  • Leading in education, the Centre for Human Anatomy Education develops curriculum for a global community through partnerships with Erler Zimmer (Germany),Sectra AB (Sweden) and Mentone Educational.
  • We have diverse representation with a strong commitment to gender equality. Of our ten Professors and six Associate Professors, seven identify as women.
  • Continuing down the path of innovation, our staff pioneered the use of 3D printing to produce accurate replicas of human anatomy. These replicas are used in all our courses and are distributed around the world, and allow equity in access to authentic anatomy learning aids through philanthropic work.
  • We are dedicated to training future research leaders with a broad program of 50 enrolled PhD students and 20-30 Honours students, as well as Master programs.
  • We are housed in state-of-the-art research and teaching buildings.

Join Jeremy, a third-year biomedical science student, as he takes you on a tour of our stunning new Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building.