About the School

The School of BABS is 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.

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.


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
  • With distinguished academic staff, an innovative teaching program and state-of-the-art facilities, BABS is producing graduates and scientific discoveries of international renown.


    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.
    Equity Policy

    The School of BABS aims to provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all students regardless of their race, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identification. As such, the School strongly supports UNSW's Equity and Diversity Policy in regard to these matters. We believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (questioning) students and staff ought to be able to enjoy their time with us without experiencing any sense of alienation or ill-treatment at the hands of either fellow staff or students in the University.

    The ALLY@UNSW Network is a lighthouse program that aims to ensure UNSW is a safe, welcoming place for all students and staff who identify as LGBTIQ. Network members can be recognised by the rainbow ALLY@UNSW logo on the badge they are wearing, or by an ALLY sticker on their office door.