UQ's Emma Livingstone in Kowanyama for the 2017 program

A program that engages rural Australian communities with science also boosts visibility and career development for women researchers, a University of Queensland-led study has found.

20 October 2017
Endometriosis affects one in 10 women and can cause severe pelvic pain

In the world’s largest study into the genetic causes of endometriosis, University of Queensland researchers have helped identify five new gene regions linked to the disease.

25 May 2017
Associate Professor Mark Smythe ... his research led to new biotech company

University of Queensland spin-out biotech company Protagonist Therapeutics Inc is a step closer to developing a new drug that would benefit millions of people worldwide.

22 August 2016
Samantha Nixon with Selenocosmia crassipes, Australia’s largest tarantula

Tarantula spider venom could become an unlikely ally in the war against sheep infections caused by nematode worms - a major cost for the international sheep industry.

19 July 2016
Sea slug chromodoris annae. Pic: Deb Aston

Brightly coloured sea slugs are slurping deadly chemicals and stockpiling the most toxic compounds for use on their enemies.

20 January 2016

Does a doorhandle or a keyboard have more germs? The University of Queensland’s Dr Alysha Elliott swabbed people’s hands and common workplace surfaces to expose some of the germiest places around the office, as part of Global...

15 October 2015
A mini-kidney formed in a dish from human induced pluripotent stem cells. The three colours show the presence of distinct cell types within the developing nephrons. Image: Minoru Takasato

Australian researchers have perfected a method of growing mini-kidneys from stem cells for use in drug screening, disease modelling and cell therapy.

14 October 2015
Dr Rashmi Priya and Professor Alpha Yap

University of Queensland researchers have discovered a new signalling pathway that controls cell adhesion, an important process that is disrupted in diseases such as skin cancer and inflammation.

15 September 2015
Professor Jenny Martin was named a finalist in the awards for her tireless efforts campaigning for gender equity in science in Australia.

​Professor Jenny Martin from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience is a finalist for a Pride of Australia Medal in the Inspiration category.

1 September 2015
Associate Professor Bryan Fry is using a new technique to extract venom from box jellyfish

An international research team led by University of Queensland venomologist Associate Professor Bryan Fry has developed a new technique for ‘milking’ box jellyfish to extract deadly venom for the development into lifesaving drugs.

11 August 2015

University of Queensland pain treatment researchers have discovered thousands of new peptide toxins hidden deep within the venom of just one type of Queensland cone snail.

7 July 2015
Survival rates for high-grade serous ovarian cancer patients have not changed significantly in 30 years

Ovarian cancer cells can lock into survival mode and avoid being destroyed by chemotherapy, an international study reports.

28 May 2015
UQ researchers have found an ancient sex switch can still trigger male development millions of years after it was ‘retired’ from this role

University of Queensland scientists have brought a retired sex gene in mammals back to life, proving it can still switch on male development in mice despite not having done so for millions of years.

16 March 2015
We’re in a protracted war against superbugs because we’ve overused existing antibiotics: a key weapon against disease.

We’ve heard a lot lately about superbugs – bacteria that are resistant to current antibiotics. But as the threat of superbugs continues to rise, the number of new treatments available has flatlined. This has placed us dangerously close to the edge...

14 January 2015
Microscopy image of mammalian cell line used in many fields of biomedical research. Photo courtesy of John Griffin, IMB

University of Queensland researchers will play a key role in a new $39 million research centre working to unravel the secrets of the immune system.

20 October 2014
UQ was awarded a total of 77 health and medical research grants today

Australia’s first Centre of Research Excellence in Chronic Kidney Disease will be established at The University of Queensland with a $2.5 million grant announced today.

17 October 2014
Molecular 'transport hub' protein structure

University of Queensland researchers have gained new insights into how the body sorts and transports protein ‘cargo’ within our cells, in a finding that could eventually lead to treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and...

9 October 2014
Dr Andrew Brooks and Professor Mike Waters

University of Queensland scientists have discovered that a protein that regulates how tall people grow could be used in treating diseases including cancer and diabetes.

16 May 2014
The University of Queensland's Dr Ben Hogan with the zebrafish that carries the Pkd1 mutation.

University of Queensland researchers have discovered that a gene that causes kidney disease also controls growth of the lymphatic system, a key route through which cancer spreads.

2 May 2014
Dr Ryan Taft from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience has been appointed Director of Scientific Research at Illumina, the world’s largest genomics company.

The world’s largest genomics company, Illumina, has chosen a researcher from The University of Queensland to join as Director of Scientific Research.

22 April 2014