Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)

The University of Queensland

AIBN is an integrated multi-disciplinary research institute bringing together the skills of world-class researchers in the areas of bioengineering and nanotechnology. The institute is dedicated to utilising excellent science for the benefit of society globally, and works in four key impact areas of health, energy, manufacturing and sustainability. AIBN is outcomes focussed, and concentrates its efforts with an applied research strategy to alleviate defined problems. The institute has a reputation of working closely with industry, government and academic partners, both domestically and internationally, and on a variety of levels. More than 400 staff and students work in dynamic research groups at the interface of the biological, chemical and physical sciences, and use advanced manufacturing techniques to develop scientific solutions. The results of its work have led to spinout companies utilising its intellectual property, and more than 2,000 publications since its inception in 2002

Organisation type
  • University Research Centre
Number of research staff
300-500 research staff
Building 75, Corner College and Cooper Rds, The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072

Strengths and capabilities

  • Cell and tissue engineering
  • Systems biotechnology
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Nanovaccinology
  • Computational bioengineering
  • Biomedical imaging
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Microfluidic device development
  • Biomarker detection and diagnostics
  • Quantum electronics and quantum components

Facilities and major equipment

  • Cell and tissue culture facilities
  • Nanoparticle production and analysis facilities
  • Polymer synthesis and characterisation
  • Computational molecular science cluster
  • Australian National Fabrication Facility
  • Queensland Node
  • Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis
  • Metabolomics Australia
  • Queensland Node
  • National Biologics Facility
  • Protein Expression Facility
  • StemCore facility

Lead researcher

  • Professor Alan Rowan—Development of a novel hydrogel with potential applications in regenerative medicine, disease treatment and studying cellular behaviour.
  • Professor Lars Nielsen—The first researcher worldwide awarded a Foundation Laureate grant with the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability.
  • Professor Chengzhong (Michael) Yu—Development of functional materials for outcomes in sustainable agriculture, water treatment, energy storage and biomedical applications.

Achievements of the centre

  • Antibody produced by AIBN is being used in collaboration with Queensland Health to conduct world-first clinical trials against the Hendra virus
  • AIBN advanced stem cell knowledge, published in Science, discovering a regulatory gene controlling stem cell behaviour.

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