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Queensland Government

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Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics (CBMDT)

Close up of a hookworm

James Cook University

The Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics has a diverse range of groups collaborating on cross-disciplinary projects to the develop compounds of therapeutic potential. Its four research programs are: biodiscovery; molecular characterisation and design; clinical translation; and molecular immunology. The Centre (at Cairns and Townsville) is uniquely situated to discover and test novel compounds of therapeutic potential. North Queensland provides access to unparalleled biodiversity in the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef and also harbours many tropical parasites and other microorganisms that are restricted, such as hookworms and box jellyfish.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Protein/peptide purification
  • Structural and molecular biology
  • Molecular characterisation
  • Design and optimistion of synthetic molecules
  • Molecular immunology
  • Charactersising immunogenic proteins
  • Venom extraction

Facilities and major equipment

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance facility
  • 500 MHz NMR spectrometer
  • Physical Containment Class 3 (PC3) Laboratory
  • mouse animal facility
  • Flow Cytometry facility
  • Physical Containment Class 2 (PC2) laboratory

Number of research staff

20–100 research staff


Building E4, James Cook University, Smithfield, Cairns, 4870

Lead researchers

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
19 June 2019