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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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Explore programs in biomedical science, biotechnology, biology and environmental science.

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Our research

Discover our unique research environment that links teaching, honours and postgraduate research excellence.

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Meet the wide network of collaborating partners that support our research and education programs.

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News

Researchers discover a new approach to breaking bacterial antibiotic resistance and rescue frontline drug treatments

In a world first, scientists have discovered how to repurpose a molecule called PBT2 – originally developed as a potential treatment for disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases – to break bacterial resistance to commonly used frontline antibiotics.

Is energy the key to Alzheimer’s disease?

A team of researchers at the University of Adelaide has found a link between the way that cells produce energy for brain function and the mutated genes found in Alzheimer’s disease.

Climate change: Ancient DNA study provides clues to the disappearance of lions and bears

New research suggests a change in climate is the likely cause of the mysterious disappearance of ancient lions and bears from parts of North America for a thousand years or more prior to the last Ice Age.

$10 million boost for University of Adelaide research

New Australian Research Council funding paves the way for further discoveries.

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Events

Research Showcase - Waite Research Institute

The Waite Research Institute is hosting the Research Showcase at the National Wine Centre to celebrate the 2021 member research activities and successes.

How to get the offer you want

An online Q&A session with the Future Student team to run through all of your questions about getting into the degree you want, or the backup pathways available to you.

Get ready! Studying Sciences at Adelaide Uni

Calling all new students planning on joining us in 2022.

Welcome to sciences: Online information session

Hear from student about the opportunities and experiences they’ve had while studying science. Chat to staff about securing the offer you want and what to do before uni starts.

Discover Robert Hooke's Micrographia restaura with Dr Jane Lomax-Smith

Learn about one of the most important scientific texts of its time, it essentially initiated the field of microscopy.

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