Research Centres and Institutes


  • The University of Queensland
    Ranked in the world's top 100, UQ is one of Australia's leading research and teaching institutions.

  • Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    The IMB is an outstanding research institute located at The University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia. The IMB's mission is to decipher the information contained in the genes, proteins and molecules of humans, animals and plants.

  • School of Biomedical Sciences
    SBMS lies at the interface of the genome and the cell, the fundamental unit of all living organisms. We are advancing our understanding of how these interactions contribute to the function of the human body in health and disease.

  • Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology
    The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is an integrated multi-disciplinary research institute bringing together the skills of world-class researchers in the areas of bioengineering and nanotechnology.

  • School of Pharmacy
    The School of Pharmacy at The University of Queensland is the longest established pharmacy school in Queensland, co-located with clinical facilities at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.



Funding bodies


  • National Health and Medical Research Council
    The NHMRC is Australia’s leading expert body promoting the development and maintenance of public and individual health standards.
  • Australian Research Council
    The ARC is a Commonwealth entity within the Australian Government. Its mission is to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community.

  • Stem Cells Australia
    Stem Cells Australia brings together Australia’s premier life scientists to tackle the big questions in stem cell science in a seven year Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative.

  • Cancer Council Queensland
    Cancer Council Queensland is Queensland's leading non-government community organisation in cancer control. They are committed to providing all Queenslanders with the best possible prospects of preventing, detecting, effectively treating and surviving a cancer diagnosis.

  • The Heart Foundation
    The Heart Foundation saves lives and improves health through funding world-class cardiovascular research, guidelines for health professionals, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease. As a charity, the Heart Foundation relies on donations and gifts to continue its lifesaving research and health education work.

  • Heart Kids
    HeartKids is a registered Health Charity dedicated to providing support to families of children with heart disease, be it congenital (born with) or acquired. They have also partnered with leading cardiologists and researchers and are working to provide funding for them to assist in reducing the incidence of Childhood Heart Disease and to reduce the mortality rates currently being experienced.



Research resources


Developmental biology

  • The Australian and New Zealand Society of Cell and Developmental Biology (ANZSCDB) Inc.
    ANZSCDB exists to advance research and education in cell and developmental biology through the provision of a dynamic framework for collaboration and support. One of Australia's oldest Scientific Societies, the ANZSCDB works proudly to support Australian and New Zealand research in cell and developmental biology across the board - senior and early career researchers, and students.

  • The Node
    The community site for and by developmental biologists. The Node is a place for you to share news from the developmental biology community, to debate and discuss relevant topics, or just to see what’s new.

  • The Society for Developmental Biology
    The purpose of the Society for Developmental Biology is to further the study of development in all organisms and at all levels, to represent and promote communication among students of development, and to promote the field of developmental biology. Developmental Biology and Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs) Developmental Biology are associated with the Society for Developmental Biology.


Genomic databases and CRISPR, Cas9 and TALEN resources

  • Ensembl
    The Ensembl project produces genome databases for nearly 80 different animals including vertebrates and other eukaryotic species, and makes this information freely available online.

  • UCSC Genome Bioinformatics
    The reference sequence and working draft assemblies for a large collection of genomes. It also provides portals to ENCODE data at UCSC (2003 to 2012) and to the Neandertal project. Tools include; Genome Browser, Gene Sorter, Blat, Table Browser, VisiGene and Genome Graphs.

  • Webcost
    A Hox genome browser containing ChIP information.

  • Addgene
    A non-profit plasmid repository dedicated to helping scientists around the world share high-quality plasmids. A comprehensive resource for genome engineering reagents as well as a depository of useful information regarding project design and the "basics" of CRISPR technology.  Plasmids and other engineering tools including whole genome lentiviral libraries are available for order on a cost recovery basis.

    A web tool for selecting the optimum target sites for CRISPR/Cas9- or TALEN-directed mutagenesis. Their basic input comprises: (i) a gene name, genomic coordinates or a pasted sequence (RefSeq, ENSEMBL, FlyBase, or WormBase); (ii) an organism (human, mouse, zebrafish, Drosophila, C. elegans and S. cerevisiae); and (iii) CRISPR/Cas9 or TALEN mode.

  • Genome Engineering usin CRISPR/Cas Systems Google Group
    A generally helpful Google Group which covers a range of practical topics associated with the application of CRISPR technologies in a range of cellular and organismal contexts.

  • flyCRISPR
    A repository of all things CRISPR in Drosophila including strains and tools available for using this system in fly.  Includes links to discussion groups and protocols.

  • The Zhang lab website
    Links within this site provide access to several resources including; the website (below), Optogenetics tools for murine neural research, and everyVECTOR: collaborative molecular biology tool, a a cloud-based solution for molecular biologists.

    The website contains detailed protocol and reagent information on the open source TALE genome engineering toolbox developed by the Zhang group. Provides useful information covering CRISPR and TALEN mediated genome engineering reagents, approaches and resources and includes details of genome scale lentiviral tools designed for cell based screening projects. 

  • mIRBase
    The microRNA database, is a searchable database of published miRNA sequences and annotation. The miRBase Registry provides miRNA gene hunters with unique names for novel miRNA genes prior to publication of results.


Zebrafish databases and resources

  • Zfin
    The Zebrafish Model Organism Database, is the international community resource for zebrafish researchers. Includes genomics, gene expression, antibodies, mutants, knockdowns and transgenics, constructs, anatomy atlases and resources. Also links to online communities, laboratories and zebrafish research initiatives.

  • Trans-NIH Zebrafish Initiative
    A central information resource that focuses on major NIH-organized zebrafish meetings; funding opportunities for zebrafish genomics and genetic resources. Links to a range of publicly available zebrafish resources.

    “Zebrafish Regulomics for Human Health" is a large-scale integrating project funded by the European Commission. Their research covers mutagenesis screening, gene expression patterns, proteomics and expression profling, targeted knock-outs and bioinformatics. Provides links to their research results via the Sanger Website, ZF-ESPRESSO, the CLGY image database and the Zebrafish Atlas.

Mouse databases and resources

  • The Jackson laboratory
    JAX® Mice are the most published and well characterized mouse models in the world, and include the only fully sequenced strain, C57BL/6J.

  • Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI)
    MGI is the international database resource for the laboratory mouse, providing integrated genetic, genomic, and biological data to facilitate the study of human health and disease.

  • Emouse Atlas
    The e-Mouse Atlas Project, comprised of EMA, the e-Mouse Atlas (a 3-D anatomical atlas of mouse embryo development including detailed histology) and EMAGE, the e-Mouse Atlas of Gene Expression (a database of mouse gene expression where, uniquely, the gene expression is mapped into the EMA 3-D space and can be queried spatially).

  • Eurexpress
    A Transcriptome Atlas Database for Mouse Embryo.

  • The Australian Phenomics Network
    The APN is an NCRIS funded infrastructure project which facilitates the importation of genetically modified ES cells and mouse models from international repositories for the study of human and animal diesase.  The APN also provides services for mouse sperm cryo-preservation and mouse histopathology.  Recently the APN has launched a CRISPR service, details of which are available through the ES to Mouse service at this address.

  • GenePaint
    GenePaint is a digital atlas of gene expression patterns in the mouse determined by non-radioactive in situ hybridization on serial tissue sections via a “virtual microscope” tool.

  • Infrafrontier
    Provides the European Mouse Mutant Archive (EMMA), archiving and distribution of mouse disease models and first-line phenotyping of mouse mutants.

  • Mouse Imaging Centre
    MICe provides medical imaging technologies adapted to studying genetically modified mice. Mouse atlases available include mouse brain, cerebral vasculature, neuroanatomy, vascular Micro-CT E15.5 mouse, and hippocampus.

Publication resources

  • Pubmed
    PubMed comprises more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.