Our School is making ground-breaking advances in modern medical science and providing students with the theoretical and practical skills for an exciting career in academia and industry.

The Head of School (Acting) is Professor Kaye Basford.


We are an acknowledged leader in biomedical sciences in Australia. According to QS World University Rankings, UQ is ranked: 

  •  #26 internationally for pharmacology by the latest Best Global Universities rankings.

Our vision is to attract the best and brightest academics in biomedical sciences to UQ and educate the next generation of science leaders in Australia.

Size and growth

Our School comprises 40 teaching and learning academic staff and is home to a number of prestigious Research Fellows funded by UQ, and externally by the NHMRC, the ARC, and various other bodies. Academic staff members' excellent performance in research and teaching is reflected in the continuous growth in external competitive research funding and awards for teaching excellence.

The School's 39 professional staff members provide managerial, administrative and technical support in the areas of academic services, buildings and facilities, occupational health and safety, business development, finance and performance reporting, human resources, marketing and communications, and teaching and laboratory services.

We support more than 200 honours and postgraduate students and teach in excess of 14,000 students annually across 14 degree programs.

Our research themes

Our main themes are:

  • Therapeutic development and translation
  • Functional morphology
  • Cellular signalling and function
  • Tissue injury and repair
  • Brain development and function
  • Innovation in biomedical education

In recent years the School has strengthened its research base with professorial appointments in a diversity of fields including Biophysics, Cell Physiology, Comparative Physiology, Developmental Biology, Endocrinology, and Pharmacology.


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