Melbourne University to Host Genomics Hub to Advance Research in Infectious Diseases

December 3, 2020 Updated: December 3, 2020

A genomics hub to be set up at the University of Melbourne will help advance research in fields like infectious diseases, including coronavirus.

The hub is being billed as the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region and is a $60 million joint venture between the university, the Victorian government and US biotech group Illumina.

It will bring together the best genomic expertise and technology in Australia and drive better research in multiple fields.

It’s the first university project to secure funding from the government’s higher education investment fund, set up in response to the impact of the pandemic on universities.