The Faculty of Science conducts a wide variety of world-class research in Genetics and Genomics and this area is one of UQ's Research Strengths. Faculty of Science Researchers in these areas are located primarily in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. The Faculty of Science is also home to the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics, an Australian leader in this field, providing a focal point for sequence-based analysis of microbial communities. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment UQ received the highest rating of ‘well above world-standard’ in Genetics.

Our research program in Genetics and Genomics involves a diverse array of taxa, ranging across microbes, plants and animals. We utilise a number of major model-organism systems, including Drosophila, the nematode worm C. elegans, zebra fish, the small flowering plant Arabidopsis, and murine models. These systems are used to investigate topics such as the genetics of ageing, development of the nervous system and cancer biology. Population and quantitative genetics research is linked to evolutionary biology and to key applied areas including plant and animal genotyping and breeding. Genomics, computational biology and advanced quantitative methods in statistics are well developed at UQ and underpin contemporary Genetics and Genomics research.

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Read more about our Genetics and Genomics researchers here, including more information on specific projects, publications and research student opportunities.