How we do research

In little more than 50 years we have grown into a thriving hub, recognised globally for the breadth and depth of our research. The Faculty has a proud history of life changing medical breakthroughs, such as achieving the first IVF birth in Australia. Our researchers continue to make many more ground breaking discoveries that advance scientific knowledge,improve clinical outcomes and result in effective treatments for patients.

Cancer research

Discovery of a new gene

Researchers from the Monash Central Clinical School identified a new gene that is critical for the growth of squamous cell cancers of the head and neck. This discovery that has been hailed as the biggest breakthrough in the treatment of one of the most deadly forms of cancer in 50 years. Published in Journal  of  the  National Cancer Institute, 2015.

Alzheimer’s disease

A potential role for snake venom

The Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and a group of international collaborators found that snake venom may hold the key to breaking down plaques that cause Alzheimer's disease. When screening various snake venoms, our researchers found one molecule with the ability to enhance the activity of plaque degrading  enzymes which degrade a toxic protein, called amyloid beta. Amyloid beta is thought to play a key role in the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Published in Nature Scientific Reports, 2016.

Infectious diseases

Fighting antibiotic resistance

A team led by the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute found that drugs, originally developed to kill cancer cells, can also treat infectious diseases that are difficult to cure with common antibiotics. These findings have been hailed as a major breakthrough in  fighting  antibiotic  resistance. Published in Nature Microbiology, 2016.

World class facilities

Our Faculty is home to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities which provides academics and partners with the best opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research. Examples of our key technology platforms are:


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FishCore and the newly constructed AquaCore make up state-of-the-art

Zebrafish, axolotl, and marine species research facilities located at Monash University’s Clayton campus. Zebrafish are key tools in regenerative medicine. Researchers use them to model human diseases and conditions to improve our understanding of how the body regenerates.

Monash Biomedical Imaging

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Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) is a newly established biomedical imaging research centre that supports a wide range of biomedical, engineering and scientific research. It supports interdisciplinary and multi-modal imaging research in X-Ray, CT, PET, SPECT and MRI.

Click here for an overview of all our technology platforms.

A global university with campuses all over the world

We are unique among Australian universities in our ability to teach and do research all over the world. We have campuses in Australia, China, India, Malaysia and South Africa, a centre in Prato, Italy, and numerous international partnerships and co-operative ventures. Being global provides us with a multicultural  perspective  on health and the opportunity to bring together the most brilliant minds from across continents in our mission to improve the human condition.