The School of BioSciences came into existence in 2015, consolidating expertise from the three former Departments of Botany, Genetics and Zoology.

Ute Roessner
Professor Ute Roessner – BioSciences Head of School
Photo: Paul Burston

The integration of these disciplines means that we now host very diverse research strengths, giving unprecedented capacity to address major scientific and societal problems in biology.

At present, the School leads more than 240 research projects supported by competitive funding of about $100m. We host a number of significant research centres including the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA), the Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM), the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls and the National Centre for Coasts and Climate.

Our work is supported by state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, and our research capacity is strengthened by strategic partnerships with other institutions, government agencies, and industry.

The School of BioSciences is a major contributor to teaching of some 3,000 undergraduates each year in the Bachelor of Science, as well as a broad range of postgraduate programs. The quality of our teaching programs has been recognised with multiple national teaching awards, and our School is home to a vibrant community of over 200 PhD, MSc and Honours students.

We welcome community engagement in every aspect of our work. We have a strong educational outreach program in VCE Biology and two great collections of national significance in the Herbarium and the Tiegs Museum.

We value diversity and inclusion, and seek to recruit and support staff and students with a diverse range of identities and backgrounds to lead diverse and innovative research and teaching.

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about the activities of the School. If you have additional questions or are interested in pursuing studies in our undergraduate or postgraduate programs, we welcome your enquiry.

Professor Ute Roessner
Head of School

Email: enquiries-biosciences@unimelb.edu.au