Who are we?
UNSW Microbiome Research Centre (UNSWMRC) is nestled within the grounds of a major health care campus in southern Sydney, the St George and Sutherland Hospitals. It was founded in 2017 by Prof Emad El- Omar, Professor of Medicine at UNSW St George & Sutherland Clinical Campuses. Development of the UNSWMRC was boosted tremendously by the efforts of the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation, which in 2017 was awarded a $4M grant from the Australian Federal Government and in 2018 an additional $1.5M by the NSW Government and $1M from the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District exclusively to support the setting up of UNSWMRC.
Collaborative multidisciplinary microbiome research
The MRC is imbued with a collaborative multidiscipline ethos connecting national and international researchers, clinicians, bioinformaticians, innovators and entrepreneurs primarily through the partnership between St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation, UNSW Sydney, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. It offers unrivalled opportunities for training for the next generation of researchers in medicine and allied health specialties. It is here that basic science discovery drives better patient care and champions a healthy microbiome for a healthy life.
Areas of interest
The MRC is a comprehensive world-class microbiome-focused research centre committed to tackling diseases that affect the Australian population. Our researchers integrate basic science, translational medicine and harness powerful multi-omic approaches such as genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and microbiomics as well as bioinformatics to answer pertinent questions on the microbiome. We aim to build on our strengths and take advantage of emerging opportunities to expand our repertoire of microbiome related research. We are immensely proud to have strong core research in the following five themes:
- Women’s & Children’s Health
- Infection, Immunity & Inflammation
- Critical Care
- Mental Health & Neuroscience