Molecular & Cell Biology incorporates the Comparative Genomics Centre and is one of the most research-active departments at James Cook University. Both basic fundamental and applied biotechnology research are conducted within the department.
The department's research activities are supported by grants from national and international funding agencies such as the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, the March of Dimes Foundation, Sugar Research and Development Corporation, Welcome Foundation, Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation as well as industry. These grants permit the Department to engage in research that is at the cutting edge of the field and to provide a vibrant and well-resourced environment for the development of research skills.
An active seminar program that brings distinguished scientists from Australia and overseas to JCU is another unique feature of Molecular & Cell Biology, and the Honours and graduate students benefit immensely from this activity.
Molecular & Cell Biology has a very strong commitment to research and the students who have completed Honours have had no difficulty in finding employment or Ph.D. positions at JCU or other campuses.