About us

The Department of Microbiology is one of five departments in the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science at Monash University. We have more than 150 staff. The department's research labs are housed mostly at 19 Innovation Walk in the Biomedical precinct on the Clayton Campus but we also have genomic service facilities at 35 Rainforest Walk. Our teaching facilities are state-of-the-art and are located on the second floor of the new Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building at 7 Ancora Imparo Way.

The department teaches undergraduate students at a variety of levels in a broad range of courses, but most of our students are undertaking degrees in Biomedical Science, Science or Medicine. We also have core units in the postgraduate Masters programs, the Master of Biomedical Health Sciences and the Masters of Food Science and Agribusiness.  The Department prides itself on providing state-of-the-art training facilities for both undergraduate and graduate students, with programs led by expert education and teaching-research academics.

We have a strong research training culture and provide excellence for undergraduate and graduate training in Microbiology, Virology and Immunology. We take pride in our rigorous Graduate program that has more than 50 PhD students currently enrolled across multiple sites.

We have 17 research groups, all of which have national competitive research funding, mainly from the National Health and Medical Research Council and/or the Australian Research Council.

In the broadest sense, our research activities aim to understand how various microbes interact with their human or animal hosts at the molecular level, how that interaction can result in disease, and how this can be prevented. The department is well equipped for broad genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic investigations. These are applied to projects designed to increase our understanding of microbial pathogenesis, the development of antibiotic resistance, the immune response to infection, and in vaccine development.

The Department also has strong national and international linkages with members of various national and international institutes forming part of our overall faculty. This includes the Sanger Institute (UK); The Pasteur Institute (France); The Hudson Institute for Medical Research; The Burnet Institute; The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, The Doherty Institute for Infectious Diseases; The Australian Animal Health Laboratories (Geelong), CSIRO and the Institute for Vector Borne Diseases.

The Department is home to the Leptospira Diagnostic Serology service, which provides a diagnostic and specialist consulting service for human leptospirosis.

Members of the Department are also members of the Centre to Impact AMR,which applies fundamental and translational research to provide solutions to reduce antimicrobial resistance (AMR) from biomedical, engineering, sociological, clinical, biological, molecular, chemical and pharmacological experts. Their approach to tackling the AMR problem will improve the health of our natural and built environments, increase the longevity of treatments for infections in us, our pets, and livestock.