Department of Biomedical Science

Department of Biomedical Science

The Department of Biomedical Sciences is committed to improving patient health through world-class fundamental and translational medical research. As part of Macquarie's Academic Health Sciences Centre, our team of researchers, includes NHMRC and ARC Research Fellows.

We adhere to Macquarie’s Learning and teaching strategic framework. For support in using our teaching tools such as iTeach and iLearn, see Macquarie’s teaching technologies and tools page.

If you need to book a room, contact the property team. If you require access to the medical science laboratories, contact Laura Newey, who will organise your laboratory safety and training session before access is granted.

Head of Department

Helen Rizos

Professor Rizos is a cancer cell biologist with an international reputation in the field of melanoma senescence, tumour suppressor proteins and oncoproteins. Her work combines genetic analyses of melanoma tumours with functional molecular and cell biology to understand the role and regulation of genes and cellular pathways that influence the development and therapeutic response of melanoma.

Research and funding

Our research integrates genetic and proteomic analyses with unique cell and animal models and computer technology to explore the molecular mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and to advance patient wellbeing.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Science Research Office can help you with research-related questions, and should be your first point of contact. Further information can be found on Macquarie’s research web pages, including information on grants and funding.

If you have travel requirements for your research, Macquarie offers travel support and info.

When it comes time to present your research, our marketing and communications team can help you understand our brand and media engagement guidelines.

If you are undertaking research, you must ensure compliance with the Human Ethics Committee and the Animal Ethics Committee. You must also seek approval from the Biosafety Committee.

Employee support and safety

Macquarie wants to ensure all staff enjoy a safe, happy, productive working environment. We offer support to get you started and are transparent about our employee benefits. It is important to be aware of our Safety at work policies, as well as the University's wellbeing services that range from employment support to childcare.

Macquarie University’s health and safety policy ensures a safe work and study environment for both students and staff. Staff are encouraged to read our health and safety requirements should they need to report an incident or hazard.

All staff are required to complete the Health & Safety Induction modules.

Department travel requirements

Step-by-step process for travellers

  1. Obtain a flight quote. Domestic quotes are to be requested from your department travel booker. Contact STA Travel/Campus Travel directly for International flight quotes.
  2. Complete travel application and attach all supporting documentation (eg flight & accommodation quotes, abstract, proof of presentation, travel diary, collaboration invitation)
  3. Sign your application then submit to your supervisor followed by the Head of Department to review/approve.
  4. Submit signed application to your Faculty/Department Administrator for processing. Administrator will check application (budget, funds and supporting docs) then arrange for Exec Dean’s approval. Once your application is approved by the Exec Dean, the Administrator will confirm and pay for flights using the nominated MQ issued credit card (staff issued, supervisor or manager).

Personal / private travel

Travellers may undertake up to seven days personal or private travel in conjunction with travel on official University business, provided:

  • the private travel does not exceed the business portion of travel
  • prior approval is obtained for the period of leave
  • all costs associated with this travel are paid for separately and from non-University funds

Travel diary

Travellers must keep a Travel Diary when travelling on University business, whether fully- or partially-funded, for:

  • all international travel
  • domestic travel of more than five consecutive nights
  • reimbursement of expenses

Travel insurance

Staff and post-graduate students travelling on official University business are automatically protected during overseas and domestic travel for the first 180 days of their trip.

Travel Insurance cover is also provided for a maximum period of 7 days for private travel taken in conjunction with business travel. This is only applicable to staff business travel; students are not covered for any private travel and should purchase their own travel insurance.

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