The GeneCology centre aims to provide knowledge that improves processes in a wide array of disciplines in order to benefit society.
The Centre brings together a multidisciplinary team organised into 6 main Research Themes: Aquaculture, Forestry and Plant Sciences, Ecology, Functional Genomics and Proteomics, Microbiology and Molecular Engineering.
The Centre members work synergistically to provide cutting-edge scientific solutions for both industry partners and collaborators in academia.
Genetics, genomics, chemical communication and physiology, engaging in strategic and applied research
Biochemistry and Molecular Engineering
Isolation of novel bio-active compounds from natural materials which have potential for therapeutic pharmacological use.
Ecology, population genetics and conservation strategies for rare species, endangered plants and vertebrates
Forestry and Plant Science
Plant breeding and genetics of tropical, subtropical and rainforest plant species from Australia and other parts of the world
Functional Genomics and Proteomics
Genes, their functions, interrelationships and combined influence on an organism’s growth and development
GeneCology latest news
22 August 2017
Student outlines lobster findings at Spanish showcase
A University of the Sunshine Coast PhD student has told an international conference how her research identified a gene in the Eastern Spiny Lobster that could be the key to manipulating the sex of the commercially popular crustacean.
6 April 2017
USC researchers help reveal deadly starfish secrets
University of the Sunshine Coast research led by Associate Professor of Molecular Biology Scott Cummins has contributed to a breakthrough discovery that could protect the Great Barrier Reef from the coral-killing crown-of-thorns starfish.
3 November 2016
Researcher wins Queensland award for women in life sciences
University of the Sunshine Coast researcher Dr Joanne Macdonald has won a statewide award for her ground-breaking research that uses molecular engineering to find solutions to global medical problems
1 November 2016
Researcher elected to national technology academy
A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher who has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) will use the role to encourage more women to pursue careers in scientific research.
16 May 2016
Scientist’s Rio mission leads to Zika collaboration
Plans are in place for a University of the Sunshine Coast scientist to lead an international collaboration of researchers to develop a rapid Zika virus diagnostic test.
12 April 2016
Research reveals the sharp sex lives of snails
Researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast are hoping to reduce the agricultural damage caused by snail infestations following a breakthrough discovery into the animals’ mating habits.