Australian Centre for Ecogenomics

The University of Queensland

The Australian Centre for Ecogenomics analyse sequence-based microbial communities with ecogenomics, an integrated, ecological framework using computational advances and new modelling approaches. Established 2010, the Centre provides a focal point for sequence-based analysis of microbial communities. Our research portfolio is 80% ‘applied’, focused on major national research priorities (e.g. microbial ecology, marine, mining, bacterial pathogen genomics) and 20% fundamental research. ACE provides a high quality, comprehensive, cost effective and fast sequencing service offering amplicon-based community profiling, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics with associated bioinformatics analysis as required.

Organisation type
  • University Research Centre
Number of research staff
20-100 research staff
Level 5, Molecular Biosciences Bldg, University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072

Strengths and capabilities

  • Microbial Ecology
  • Microbial Symbiosis
  • Environmental and Engineered Systems Microbiology
  • High throughput Sequencing Service
  • Bioinformatics
  • Wastewater surveillance

Facilities and major equipment

  • Oxford Nanopore Technology - PromethION
  • Illumina NextSeq and MiSeq sequencers
  • PC2 laboratories
  • HPC Infrastructure

Lead researcher

Achievements of the centre

  • Philip Hugenholtz co-founded the company Microba. The Queensland biotech has now assisted more than 10,000 Australians to assess their gut health individually or with an Australian healthcare professional.
  • Genome Taxonomy Database (GTDB) is a resource for the international research community that provides a standardised microbial taxonomy based on genome phylogeny.

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