With a growing academic staff and student population, the Disciplines research profile continues to advance.

Current project areas include:

  • tropical animal diseases;
  • aquaculture and aquatic animal health;
  • infectious diseases and immunopathogenesis;
  • aquatic pathobiology;
  • environmental and public health microbiology;
  • reproductive physiology;
  • comparative cardiorespiratory physiology;
  • neurophysiology; and
  • emerging infectious diseases of wildlife.

The Discipline contribute to many of the collaborative centres and initiatives within the University and are members of the Following research institute and center's

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) is a multi-disciplinary health and tropical medicine research institute located in the tropics.  Based at James Cook University in northern Queensland, AITHM has key nodes in Townsville, Cairns and the Torres Strait.  AITHM’s research programs confront northern Australia's major health security risks, tackle its worst health outcomes, develop better ways to deliver health services to remote communities and contribute to the development of northern Australia through research, knowledge infrastructure and commercialisation of research findings.  Our research spans public health, biomolecular, clinical, translational, and health systems research and is strongly focused on the health issues of most importance to tropical Australia, delivering significant public health benefit locally, regionally and globally.

The Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics

The Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics was created to provide a unique framework for a diverse range of groups to collaborate on cross-disciplinary projects. The Centre provides an innovative approach to the development of compounds of therapeutic potential under its five key programs which each comprise their own project leader/s and team consisting of project researchers and early career researchers.

The Centre for Biosecurity and Tropical Infectious Diseases

Infectious disease agents impose major costs on human and animal health and are constantly threatening to undermine biosecurity. The world’s tropical regions have special significance since several infectious diseases, many of which are zoonotic, have either been newly identified or have re-emerged there over recent decades. Detection and control of tropical infectious diseases is a major global challenge.

In response to this challenge, James Cook University established the Centre for Biosecurity and Tropical Infectious Diseases (CBTID) in 2012. The Centre brings together a spectrum of researchers whose interests span human and animal diseases. This new alignment will lead to lead to improvements, conceptual and practical, in the study and prevention of infectious diseases.

The Comparative Genomics Centre

The Comparative Genomics Centre (CGC) is a research centre at James Cook University, originally founded in 2003. At foundation, the overall aim of the CGC was to use a variety of genetic models, including staghorn coral, fruit fly and mice, to study human disease from an evolutionary perspective. The research performed in the Centre enhances our understanding of the processes involved in cancer, birth defects, immune compromised states and autoimmune disease. As the Centre has grown, it has become a focus of resources and expertise in genetics for the University and the region. The member laboratories now cover a much broader range of applications of genetics and genomics, including the science of coral reef management and biotechnological applications.  Its member laboratories now span two colleges in two divisions of James Cook University.