We have always recognised that our work doesn't end at the "Eureka!" moment. It continues until we have found a way to turn our breakthrough into a change for the better.

Our research today

Today our ambition and optimism are stronger than ever.

Although we conduct research across numerous fields of study – over 150 in all – we focus on a number of specialisations, what we call our leading capabilities.

We've grouped these capabilities into four categories:

  • health and wellbeing
  • future technologies
  • sustainable environments
  • resilient cultures and communities.

Read more about our leading capabilities.

Our research tradition

Even before we became the global university we are today, our researchers looked beyond traditional boundaries, creating new frontiers and discovering new ways of approaching the fields in which they worked. Things that we now take for granted would not exist without the initial work of Monash researchers:


Professors Alan Trounson and Carl Wood achieved the world's first IVF pregnancy in 1973. The Trounson and Wood team went on to achieve Australia's first (and the world's fourth) successful IVF birth in 1980.

Influenza treatment

In 1986, a team from our Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (formerly the Victorian College of Pharmacy) designed and synthesised the anti-flu drug that would become known as Relenza. Relenza first became available in Australia in 1999 and is now used globally.

Stem cell research

Our researchers made their first big stem cell discovery in 2000. A team led by Professors Alan Trounson and Martin Pera were the first in the world to demonstrate that nerve stem cells could be derived from human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory.

Read more about some of our most momentous research achievements.

More about Monash

Read more about Monash University's proud history, international reputation and ambitious plans for the future.