High-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) laboratory

This new state-of-the-art analytical chemistry facility is a leading drug-discovery tool that's giving our Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science graduates a competitive edge in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Similar to HPLC facilities used by industry professionals, our lab supports highly sensitive analytical techniques for separating and quantifying complex samples, such as plasma.

The new facility is the result of a five-year strategic partnership between the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) and industry partner Shimadzu.

MIPS researcher and faculty senior lecturer Dr Michelle McIntosh says the HPLC lab allows hands-on training that improves graduate skills.

"Our analysis has shown that to be 'job-ready', pharmaceutical science graduates have to be competent in analytical chemistry, specifically in HPLC," she says.

"By the time they graduate, our students will be able to take responsibility for system maintenance, method development and validation in liquid chromatography. More importantly, they will be able to troubleshoot from their first day on the job."