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Queensland Government

Science portfolio of the Department of Environment and Science

Department of Environment and Science

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Queensland Bioscience Precinct (QBP)

Aerial view of Queensland Bioscience Precinct

The University of Queensland

The Queensland Biosciences Precinct, a world-class research facility, houses up to 750 research and support staff. The Precinct is the largest research facility in Australia dedicated to human, plant and animal biotechnological research and commercialisation.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • genome mapping and editing
  • the genetic and biochemical basis of growth, health and production of plants and animals
  • proteins and their interactions
  • bioinformatics
  • tropical and agricultural landscapes
  • water resources
  • rangelands and savannas
  • crops for northern Australia including wheat, sugar, soybean and macadamia
  • image analysis for biotechnology
  • wood quality, production and evaluation for tree species
  • Biomolecular nuclear magnetic resonance

Facilities and major equipment

  • 35,000 square metres over four major buildings
  • plant growth/controlled environment facilities
  • Cancer Biology Imaging Facility
  • Biomolecular Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility
  • Mass Spectrometry Facility
  • Queensland Facility for Advanced Genome Editing
  • QFAB Bioinformatics
  • Solar Biofuels Research Centre
  • UQROCX Crystallisation Facility
  • Bioinformatics Resource Australia
  • Centre for Drug Discovery and Design
  • High Performance Computing and storage systems
  • Biology Platform for multi-omics analysis

Number of research staff

700 plus research staff


Building 80, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, 4072

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre
  • Part of national organisation – Government

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Last updated:
3 June 2019