School of Biological Sciences

Teaching and research in the School of Biological Sciences spans the scale and breadth of the living world - from molecules, genes and cells; organisms and their environments; to broad landscapes that cover Earth.

We go back in time to understand how evolution has shaped the present world, and into the future, developing new technologies to improve human health and better manage our environment.

The school brings together outstanding teachers and world-leading researchers to provide undergraduate and postgraduate programs and research training in biomedical sciences and biotechnology (biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and immunology), evolution, ecology and environmental science.


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Latest news



New ‘king’ of fossils discovered on Kangaroo Island

Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found on Kangaroo Island.



A shore future for our coastal vegetation

Researchers are using new ways to gain genetic information from ocean sediment to determine the past and future survival of our coastal vegetation.



When pets become pests: the exotic pet trade producing invasive species

Scientists are learning more about what drives the exotic pet trade to help reduce the threat of new invasive animal and bird species.



New leader for School of Biological Sciences

The University's biosciences research and education has been boosted by a new leader.



Higher biodiversity means healthier humans

Scientists find restoring environments to include a wider range of species can promote ‘good’ bacteria over ‘bad’.



Deadly diseases to be hit by single vaccine

Scientists from the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases have developed a single vaccination approach to simultaneously combat influenza and pneumococcal infections.