CPHMVS Biomedicine


What makes you get up in the morning and want to come in every day is curiosity. There is something that I can find out that no one knows and no one has ever known previously and I have the tools and the ability to find it out. That is what gets me going every day. – John W. Kappler,    Ph.D.

The Discipline of Biomedicine is a multidisciplinary hub within the College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences, in the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University.

The aim of the Discipline is to bring together researchers in biology and medicine, as well as clinicians and health workers from across the northern region, whose research has implications for the prevention, detection or treatment of diseases relevant to Indigenous health and the tropical communities.

The Department has a close association with the Australian Institute of Medical Laboratory Scientists (AIMS), which provides additional research support and opportunities for staff and students.  In addition, the Townsville Hospital is adjacent to the Department, allowing excellent opportunities for  collaborative projects with clinical staff.

For students, the Department of Biomedicine offers a world-class education in anatomy and biomedical sciences with tissue culture suites; histology processing and microscopy; a radioisotope suite, and PC2/PC3; clinical pathology and post-mortem suites; 80 hectares of livestock paddocks; large and small animal housing including aquatic animals. Two degrees are on offer through defined course structures within   Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences; and Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours). The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) is fully accredited by AIMS, where course graduates are eligible for membership and increased employment opportunities both in Australia and overseas.

Our graduate students play pivotal roles in the continuing success of our research programs and gaining a studentship in the Department of Biomedicine is an excellent opportunity to start a research career in an environment committed to training outstanding research scientists of the future.