New QUT research has shed fresh light on how head and neck cancer spreads to other organs and researchers are developing a simple blood test to tell doctors which patients are at risk of spread long before conventional imaging can.
Understanding the disease
Our biomolecular science researchers are working to improve understanding of the disease process at the molecular level and develop better diagnostics and therapeutics to combat disease.
We're using state-of-the-art technologies to investigate the molecular basis of disease by studying:
- cell and tissue structure
- cell interactions and signalling
- DNA and protein sequences
- systems biology integration.
Our researchers have strength and expertise in:
- cancer biology
- infectious disease
- vaccine development
- stem cell and tissue regeneration research.
Genomics Research Centre
We focus on common chronic human disorders - for example, migraine, high blood pressure and cancer - that have a significant genetic component. Our researchers are working to identify the genes involved in these disorders, leading to better forms of diagnosis and treatment.
Our scientists are experts in gene mapping and the characterisation of gene dysfunction. They translate this information to diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes through techniques like DNA mutation testing and vaccine development.
The centre is funded by national competitive grants and industry, and employs over thirty research staff, including a number of established and long-standing collaborating clinicians.
Australian researchers have made an important breakthrough in understanding the composition of the tear film that protects our eyes, leading to more effective treatments for dry eye disease.