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Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD)

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Griffith University

Formerly known as Eskitis Institute.

Researchers at the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, focus on cancer, infectious disease, neurological diseases and global health. GRIDD supports a multidisciplinary approach in the areas of chemical biology, cell biology, neurobiology and drug discovery. The Institute boasts world-class NMR, and mass spectrometry facilities, as well as X-ray crystallography and advanced microscopy. Dedicated purpose-built areas have been established for biota analysis and compound management, high throughput screening (HTS), medicinal, combinatorial synthetic and structural chemistry, cell biology and in vitro cell culture, molecular biology and bioinformatics, and animal models of disease.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Natural product drug discovery
  • High throughput natural product extraction
  • Drug discovery
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • High throughput screening and imaging
  • NMR and mass spectrometry
  • Neurobiology cell culture
  • Compound storage and supply (plating)

Facilities and major equipment

  • Nature Bank - a collection of plant and marine invertebrate samples
  • PC2 biosecurity laboratory
  • High- and low-resolution mass spectrometry facility
  • High-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance facility
  • High throughput and high content analysis Screening
  • High resolution microscopy and live cell imaging
  • Neuro Bank, cell lines isolated from the olfactory system
  • Compounds Australia - compound storage and supply (plating)
  • A node of the Queensland Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Network

Number of research staff

20–100 research staff


Building N75, Griffith University, Brisbane Innovation Park, Don Young Road, Nathan, 4111

Lead researcher

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
3 June 2019