The Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), located at The University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia, is one of the Asia Pacific’s leading research institutes. 

Established in 2000 as UQ's first research institute, IMB is housed in the Queensland Bioscience Precinct and has approximately 500 scientists, support staff and postgraduate students from more than 40 countries working to translate research into benefits for the community.

IMB is a multidisciplinary research institute and is committed to improving quality of life by pursuing discoveries through fundamental research, inventing biotechnologies, and advancing cures for diseases.

Our mission is to drive the bioeconomy and to create better health. 

Our vision is to be a life sciences institute with a global impact.

IMB's major research priorities are medical genomics, drug discovery and biotechnology.

IMB scientists conduct research across these priority areas in three major research divisions:

By understanding the pathways that are involved in complex diseases, IMB aims to develop diagnostics, technologies and therapeutics to detect, prevent or treat such diseases. In addition, through studying both animals and plants, IMB pursues other opportunities in fields such as clean energy and agriculture.

The Institute's research outcomes are protected and commercialised by the University-owned technology transfer group UniQuest.

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About IMB section

2012 snapshot

During the past 12 months, IMB has made great progress in its efforts to advance scientific knowledge through pioneering research, transferring discoveries into commercial outcomes, and training the next generation of research scientists to continue the Institute's vital work.

Advisory board

The IMB Advisory board is chaired by an independent person, and comprises external and university members. The Board provides guidance on the successful operation of the institute as a world class research organisation, with respect to its research, commercialisation and engagement activities.

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IMB’s leadership team moves the Institute forward by ensuring all strategic initiatives are supported with the energy, knowledge and resources needed to make them a success.

Joint appointments and affiliates

Joint appointments and affiliates foster research collaborations between IMB and other institutes and schools at UQ and around the world.

Organisational chart

IMB’s organisational structure is designed to ensure its people and their work reflects the highest level of corporate governance and leadership.

Annual reports

IMB's annual reports provide a comprehensive overview of the research efforts and achievements of our staff and students.

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With researchers, support staff and students from more than 40 countries around the world, our people form a diverse and talented team working to build a healthier and more prosperous future for our community.
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