The Department has a close association with the Comparative Genomics Centre, which provides additional research support and opportunities for staff and students, and academic staff are also members of ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, the Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics, the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Centre for Biosecurity and Tropical Infectious Diseases.
The ARC Centre of Excellence cements Australia’s leading contribution to coral reef sciences, and fosters stronger collaborative links between the major partners and 24 other leading institutions in nine countries. According to ISI Essential Science Indicators, four of the ARC Centre’s major research partners rank in the top 20 institutions world-wide for citations for coral reef science with JCU ranking 1st (among 1644 institutions in 103 countries). Collectively, the ARC Centre creates the world’s largest concentration of coral reef scientists.
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.
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 Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA) brings together a multidisciplinary team organised into 3 main Research Themes: Aquatic food security and safety, novel aquatic products and applications, and human dimensions of aquatic resources and production.
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.