Australian Centre for Ecogenomics

The University of Queensland

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Drawing of highly magnified strand of DNA

The Australian Centre for Ecogenomics, established 2010, provides a focal point for sequence-based analysis of microbial communities and builds strength in this space not only in Queensland, but Australia as a whole. 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.


Key science sectors

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

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff


Level 5, Molecular Biosciences Bldg, University of Queensland, ST LUCIA QLD 4072

Lead researchers

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.

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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