GeneCology Research Centre - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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GeneCology Research Centre

Our Vision, Mission and Values

  • Contribute to society through innovation in creating knowledge and solutions using bio-inspired approaches, to improve societal outcomes
  • To support our ecosystem through conservation of biodiversity and heritage
  • Excellence and scientific integrity
  • Collaboration and sharing of knowledge
  • Collegiality and respect
  • Bring together local, national and international leading researchers to enable the Centre to lead international efforts in solving key biological challenges
  • Promote innovation through the creation of new technologies that are applied for the benefit of society and the environment
  • Support the advancement of knowledge and the achievement of excellence through the promotion of state-of-the-art facilities and strong national and international collaborations
  • Provide high quality training of future scientists and ensure they are exposed to innovation and opportunities to expand their research and horizons
  • Promote productive partnerships with industry to ensure research is applied and solves real world challenges, being built on innovative basic science
  • Work closely with commercial partners to ensure research outcomes are industry relevant
  • Create an internally supportive and collegiate research environment that would foster excellence and international standing

Research Themes


This theme is focused on the development and application of innovative technologies for the enhancement of the aquaculture industry.

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Conservation and Biodiversity

This theme is focused on applying molecular tools to address key questions in global conservation and biodiversity.

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This theme includes studies into major diseases in both humans and animals as well as the development of disease diagnostics and therapeutics.

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This theme focuses on drug discovery from natural products and proteins for applications mainly in the medical world but also as new technologies for aquaculture and conservation. The tools used, based on the advanced instrumentation lab, are also used for basic research into the role of metabolites in biology.

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GeneCology Latest News

Spider venom could lead to bee-friendly pesticides
11 February

The world’s biggest collection of arachnid venoms will be used to help find pesticides that don’t harm bees, in new research at USC Australia.

Slow and sticky snail study to benefit agriculture
21 January

A USC PhD student is looking for clues in snail mucus trails to find out how the small invertebrates communicate with each other.

USC PhD student opens the gate on bioresearch
21 November 2019

Implantable biosensors that can override natural biological systems might sound like something from a science fiction movie, but research being undertaken by a USC PhD student could see them soon become a reality.

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