Global scientific research achievements assist in establishing an overriding excellence in education within the School of Natural Sciences. Our teaching expertise is supported by a foundation of quality research. Griffith University now ranks in the top 500 Universities internationally for the quality and breadth of our research program. This is delivered through 17 Institutes and Centres. Staff in the School of Natural Sciences play a major part in research at Griffith University and are affiliated across eight different university research institutes / centres.
School researchers are providing hope for people living with chronic diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s, tuberculosis and Alzheimers. Breakthroughs in stem cell research point to a future where spinal cord injury may one day be successfully treated, while quantum physics researchers have answered questions posed by the great Albert Einstein.Griffith scientists are assisting to lower more than 200 million reported cases of malaria each year and the School of Natural Sciences is the international epicentre for research into the deadly, mosquito-born Zika virus.
All this is made possible through the collective strength of the School’s involvement across numerous university research centres and institutes, plus resource facilities that include Griffith’s Nature Bank and Compounds Australia. Both these facilities attract wide-ranging interest from universities throughout the world, and are at the disposal of Griffith students undertaking higher degrees by research.
Environmental Futures Research Institute
The Environmental Futures Research Institute is a leading University research organisation that combines science, innovation and local Australian experience, to expand new knowledge through fundamental research and deliver effective solutions to significant global environmental problems. By bringing together a large number of committed and outstanding researchers who share the common goal of undertaking research of immediate relevance to critical environmental issues, we will continue to lead research addressing some of the most pressing problems of the age.
Centre for Quantum Dynamics
We undertake experimental and theoretical studies of the dynamics (the motions, and energy and momentum exchanges) of systems of particles whose behaviour is governed by quantum mechanics. Specifically, the Centre activities include research in laser and collisions atomic physics, quantum optics, atom optics, quantum mechanics and quantum computing.
Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery
Our research centre consists of three groups, cell biology, chemical biology, neurobiology and two programs, natural product discovery and tropical diseases. Research focuses on the development of cell therapies building on pioneering work to harvest and cultivate nasal cells for transplantation for spinal cord regeneration and development of small molecules from natural products and combinatorial libraries against a range of cell signalling targets.
Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre
Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre is a science and engineering research centre investigating micro- and nanotechnology problems that are integral to the development of intelligent systems for the coming revolution in Micro- and Nanotechnology.
Our forensic science staff have particular research interests in Disaster Victim Identification, Active Radio-Frequency Identification tagging and the characterisation and analysis of illicit and emerging designer drugs.
Griffith University DNA Sequencing Facility
The Griffith University DNA Sequencing Facility offers customers a capillary electrophoresis only service, for DNA Sequencing and Fragment Analysis, utilising the Applied Biosystems 3130xl Genetic Analyser. The GUDSF operates with a commitment to providing independent, high quality and competitively priced DNA analyses for Griffith University and external investigators.