Biology

If you are interested in investigating and experimenting to learn more about living organisms, a Biology major is for you. You’ll gain an understanding of the fundamentals of biology including plant and animal biology, cell and molecular biology, plus genetics and evolution.

Building on your in-depth knowledge of the basic principles of biology, you’ll have the opportunity to explore different areas of interest – focusing your studies on different courses to specialise in an area that most suits your career plans.

Research areas cover genetics, plant cell development, DNA damage, reproductive biology to name a few, with opportunities for biology graduates to embark on careers involving biochemistry, environmental/ecological biology for example, or to further study specific topics at a higher level.

Potential job opportunities for biology graduates include animal biologist, biochemist, botanist/plant scientist, environmental/ecological biologist, pathology assistant or research assistant.

Associate Professor Mark Baker

NHMRC Research Fellowship
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Male infertility

Dr Alex Callen

Postdoctoral Researcher / Research Associate / Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences | School of Environmental and Life Sciences | School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Anita Chalmers

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Flora, Conservation biology, Plant ecology

Associate Professor John Clulow

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Animal physiology, Commercialising biotechnology, Conservation biology

Conjoint Associate Professor David Collings

Conjoint Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Gymnosperms, Spiral grain development

Dr Geoffry De Iuliis

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

DNA damage, Oxidative stress, Proteomics

Dr Andy Eamens

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Plant developmental biology, RNA biology, RNA silencing

Dr Craig Evans

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

microbial species in environmental samples, Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) 

Dr Zamira Gibb

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Fertility, Reproductive biology, Stem cells

Associate Professor Ian Grainge

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Microbiology, Novel antibiotics, Site-specific recombination

Professor Christopher Grof

Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

C4 photosynthesis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Biofuels

Dr Karl Hassan

ARC Future Fellow
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Antimicrobial resistance, Membrane transport, Microbial genomics

Professor Matthew Hayward

Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Conservation biology, Ecology, Introduced species

Professor Peter Lewis

Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Biochemistry, Microscopy, Molecular biology

Associate Professor David McCurdy

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Proteins in chloroplasts, Plant cell and molecular biology, Transfer cells 

Professor Brett Neilan

Professor and Global Innovation Chair (Biotechnology)
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Bioactive compound discovery, Cyanobacteria, Genetics of complex biosynthesis

Professor Brett Nixon

NHMRC Research Fellow
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Andrology, Biology, Gamete biology

Dr Shaun Roman

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Acrylamide, Cellular biotechnology, Gene expression

Professor Yong-Ling Ruan

Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Abiotic stress tolerance, Gene regulation, Plant cell development

Dr Michael Stat

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Coral reefs, environmental DNA, genomics, symbiosis

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