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Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences

The School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS) at UNSW is among the largest and most prestigious schools of scientific research and teaching in Australia.

With distinguished academic staff, an innovative teaching program and state-of-the-art facilities, BABS is producing graduates and scientific discoveries of international renown. Research projects and teaching within the school fall within the disciplines of environmental microbiology, systems and cellular biology, molecular medicine and infectious disease.


The School aims to achieve a balance of pure basic, strategic basic, applied and experimental development research, and has a solid track record in linking fundamental research to tangible, commercially orientated outcomes.

BABS hosts or is a major player in a number of innovative centres and research initiatives – the Ramaciotti Centre for Gene Function Analysis, NSW Systems Biology Initiative, Centre for Marine BioInnovation, Environmental Microbiology Initiative, Australian Centre for Astrobiology, and the UNSW Microbiology Culture Collection.

In addition to the centres that are based in BABS, School members are associated with several research centres and institutes. These include CRC for Environmental Biotechnology, CRC for Water Quality, ARC Centre for Functional Nanomaterials, Sydney Institute for Marine Science, Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (UNSW Engineering) and Centre for Hepatitis Virology.

The School teaches within the Science discipline areas of biotechnology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, environmental microbiology, medical microbiology and immunology. Our academics also participate in teaching students in the Faculty of Medicine and in the Bachelor of Medical Science program.

Our Vision

At the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences we believe that the greatest challenges in biology are ahead. Our vision and resources are directed towards addressing these challenges and communicating the results to the scientific community and to the general public.

Our Mission

We aim to create a community dedicated to achieving national and international levels of scholarship in the fields of biotechnology and biomolecular sciences.

Our Aims

The School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences aims to:

  • be nationally and internationally recognised as a source of scholarship
  • apply cutting-edge biotechnology to capitalise on biomolecular discoveries
  • train and enthuse students
  • further interdisciplinary research
  • positively interact with researchers and students across the university, the state, the nation and the globe