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.

Study the latest in globally relevant biomedical practices across seven disciplines, and get the theoretical and hands-on skills to prepare yourself for an exciting career in an industry that’s making incredible advances in modern medical science.

The Head of School is Professor Kaye Basford and we support more than 200 honours and postgraduate students and teach in excess of 14,000 students annually across 14 degree programs.


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.

Biomedical Science

Biomedical scientists provide the foundation of modern healthcare and play a crucial role in developing life-changing treatments and technologies. Throughout the discovery lifecycle from laboratory to clinical application, biomedical scientists are making incredible advances in modern medical science. By understanding how the human body works and what goes wrong in disease, biomedical scientists apply their knowledge to develop new treatments.

Our disciplines

The disciplines that we teach and research include:

  • Anatomy - the study of the structural organisation of living things from the microscopic (histology) to the macroscopic (organs and skeleton) level
  • Pathology - the study of the identification and classification of diseased tissue
  • Pharmacology - the study of chemical agents (drugs), which exert an effect on a cell, tissue, organ, or organism. It includes developing as well as testing medicines.
  • Physiology - the study of the function of cells, tissues and organ systems within the body
  • Cell biology - the study of the structure and function of cells, including how these features contribute to the physiology of organisms
  • Developmental biology - the study of the processes by which organisms grow and develop
  • Neuroscience - the study of the nervous system and how it controls the physiology and behaviour of an organism

Our research themes

Our main themes include:

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, Pharmacology and Pathology.


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