About the School

The School of BABS was formed in January 2002 following the amalgamation of the School of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, the School of Microbiology and Immunology, and the Department of Biotechnology (part of the School of Applied Biosciences) and is now one of the largest and most prestigious schools of scientific research and teaching in Australia. The biomolecular sciences encompass the disciplines of  chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology,  and include the specialist areas of genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics and chemical biology. Biotechnology underpins much of the School's research. With distinguished academic staff, an innovative teaching program and state-of-the-art facilities, BABS is producing graduates and scientific discoveries of international renown.

Learning and Teaching

The School offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs and caters for a variety of career paths. The exceptional standard of education within our Degree programs is provided by dedicated and experienced staff and access to the latest scientific equipment and technologies. The School boasts state-of-the-art undergraduate PC1 and PC2 teaching labs, with BABS teaching staff regularly recognised by University and external teaching awards. UNSW has around 3,500 postgraduate research candidates annually, with BABS offering Graduate Diploma, Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research-based degrees.

UNSW is a leader in Australian and international research, having around 3,500 postgraduate research candidates annually. The School of BABS offers Graduate Diploma, Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research-based degrees.


Research in BABS ranges from human bacterial pathogens, hepatitis viruses, tissue engineering, cancer, cell biology, genetics and bioinformatics to functional genomics and extremophiles. Our staff have an international reputation for research and  have established collaborative links with industry and other research institutions in Australia and overseas. Researchers in the School are aligned into four discipline areas.

  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Systems and Cellular Biology

BABS occupies a total of 7,524 square metres across two buildings, and provides its researchers with a world-class research environment. Excellence in scientific research is an essential component of the philosophy of BABS, which has a strong international reputation for quality research in both fundamental and applied science.


Our ambition is to be the best School of molecular biosciences in Australia, performing excellent research and attracting and retaining high-calibre staff and students. Towards this end, we encourage an engaged and collegial atmosphere, where advancement is based on merit and staff members’ efforts are recognised. We strive to foster an environment where research excellence can thrive, and where quality and innovative teaching is valued. We strive to manage ourselves in a fair, transparent and efficient way.


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


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