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Queensland Government

Science portfolio of the Department of Environment and Science

Department of Environment and Science

Queensland science capability directory

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Mater Research Institute (MRI-UQ)

Professor Mike McGuckin MRI-UQ

Mercy Partners, The University of Queensland

Mater Research Institute is a collaborative research alliance between Mater Research and the University of Queensland providing considerable strategic and operational benefits. Mater Research brings to the alliance significant clinical collaboration opportunities and The University of Queensland brings its expertise as a research, education and teaching university.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Developing and trialling new therapies
  • Biological analysis of solid and blood borne malignancies
  • Genetic analysis and pathophysiology of brain & nervous system disease
  • Develop preventative strategies and new treatments for chronic disease
  • Emergency, surgical and intensive care management for acute care

Facilities and major equipment

  • CRF PC2 Laboratories
  • Genomic Analysis Unit
  • Metabolic Analysis Unit
  • Respiratory Biobank
  • Micromanipulator - Single Cell Isolation

Number of research staff

100–200 research staff


Level 3, Aubigny Place, Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane, 4101

Lead researchers

  • Associate Professor Geoff Faulkner—Has developed a diagnostic test for juvenile diabetes and founded UniQuest’s Dendright that is developing a rheumatoid arthritis vaccine.
  • Associate Professor Michelle Hill—Michelle was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship for her novel approach to understanding cellular lipid raft function
  • Professor David Evans—Led the genetic studies of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. Now leads work on understanding genomic causes of diseases.

Other centre in Queensland

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre
  • Research Hospital
  • Not-for-profit

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Last updated:
3 June 2019