Why should I do my research project at UQDI?

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute - Making a difference to biomedical research

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI) is a world-leading biomedical translational research facility based at the Translational Research Institute (TRI), on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus in Brisbane, Australia.

The Institute’s advantageous location allows us to bring together leading biomedical researchers with clinician scientists, creating a central point of expertise, driven to translate findings from model systems to the development of new therapies and clinical practice.

Our researchers work across a range of diseases including cancers, immunological disorders such as arthritis and diabetes, and we have particular strength in genomic medicine. Some of our research highlights to date include discoveries such as the cervical cancer vaccine by Professor Ian Frazer, and a world-first rheumatoid arthritis vaccine, developed by Professor Ranjeny Thomas.

Research at UQDI focuses on developing a better understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of disease, and to translate that understanding to practical outcomes for patients. The Institute covers a wide range of diseases including:

  • Autoimmunity (arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, ankylosing spondylitis)
  • Cancer (blood, brain, cervical, head and neck, melanoma, prostate, skin)
  • Infection (viral and bacterial)
  • Bone disorders (osteoporosis, skeletal dysplasias)
  • Neurological diseases (motor neurone disease, epilepsy, schizophrenia).

The Institute promotes academic freedom to inspire the creativity needed to find different and novel approaches to problems. UQDI has world-leading technologies and is home to the biggest genomics research centre in the southern hemisphere, as well as other state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

Researchers from around the world are drawn to UQDI for its cutting-edge research infrastructure and strong community of researchers and students working together. In late 2012, we relocated to the Translational Research Institute (TRI), a collaborative biomedical translational facility that will house up to 700 researchers working on chronic disease and infection.

UQDI provides an innovative research environment ideally suited to research higher degree training. As a research student, you will be mentored by internationally renowned researchers who will guide you in the art of experimentation, project management, communication skills and comprehension of the research field, and future career management. By studying at UQDI, you will be part of a community of prestigious researchers and clinicians working on clinically-relevant problems faced daily by the patients they treat. Our graduates have a diverse skillset and benefit from a training program that prepares them for employment in a range of research environments.

We are eager to find passionate researchers to help us lead the way in translational research. The Institute offers a number of positions and scholarships to attract high-calibre researchers and students to UQDI.

Our list of researchers and their projects can be found online. Should you have any questions regarding a researcher or their work, please feel free to send them an email through the contact details provided. They will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

UQDI seeks to discover better treatments and therapies to target disease states and conditions that severely affect a human being’s ability to live life. Join us on our journey.