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Centre for Bioinnovation

Using bio-inspired approaches to contribute to drug discovery, disease diagnostics and therapeutics. Improving societal outcomes and supporting ecosystems through a focus on aquaculture, conservation and biodiversity.

Research Themes

Applied Microbiology

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

Aquaculture Biotechnology

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

Conservation and Biodiversity

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

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Our Vision, Mission and Values


Bioinnovation in the news

New koala research seeks chlamydia hotspots and risk factors
20 May

University of the Sunshine Coast researchers will develop a frontline tool to diagnose chlamydia risk factors in koalas and use detection dogs to seek out chlamydia hotspots.

Spider venom to be developed into insecticide against locusts
9 May

A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher is using arachnid venom to help farmers fight locusts, after being awarded a $240,000 Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship.

‘Post-viral malaise’: Why avoiding the term ‘long-COVID’ doesn’t change anything for those affected
28 Mar

Even if we phase out the term ‘long-COVID’, it doesn't change the fact that so many people are affected by a condition that, like an autoimmune disease, needs better recognition and ongoing clinical management, UniSC scientists write

Biotechnology at UniSC