School of Science

Biological Sciences

Discipline Lead | Oula Ghannoum

Western Sydney University is a globally recognised node for Biological Sciences, where research outputs in Plant Biology, Ecology, Microbiology, Evolutionary Biology and Biochemistry and Cell Biology are rated well-above world standard. The university also demonstrates excellence in Soil Science and Forestry Sciences. Western houses the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, one of world’s leading research hubs in Biology, with a special focus on Global Change Biology, Protected Cropping, Ecosystem Function and Multi-trophic Interactions.

Excellence in Biological Sciences at Western is underpinned by leading researchers (including Western’s first Laureate Fellow), significant investment in state-of-the-art facilities and growing national and international impacts. Research in Biological Sciences is aimed at tackling the 21st century key challenges of climate change, food security, biodiversity and sustainability. University researchers and graduates work together with the community and industry to solve complex biological challenges and enable future innovations.


Academics for this Discipline

  • Dr Yossi Buskila, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Morven Cameron, Lecturer
  • Dr Duilia Carrillo Espanol, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Christopher Cazzonelli, Senior Lecturer
  • Associate Professor Jo-Anne Chuck
  • Associate Professor Liza Cubeddu
  • Dr Roland Gamsjaeger, Senior Lecturer
  • Associate Professor Oula Ghannoum
  • Dr Anthony Haigh, Senior Lecturer
  • Professor Paul Holford
  • Dr Clarissa House, Lecturer
  • Dr Kayte Jenkin, Lecturer
  • Professor Tim Karl
  • Dr Catriona Macdonald, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Jessica Meade, Lecturer
  • Professor Thomas Millar
  • Dr Michelle Moffitt, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Charles Morton, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Garry Niedermayer, Lecturer
  • Associate Professor Uffe Nielsen
  • Dr Rachael Nolan, Lecturer
  • Associate Professor Julie Old
  • Dr Alexie Papanicolaou, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Gabriel Perrone, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Michael Phillips, Lecturer
  • Dr Jonathan Plett, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Adrian Renshaw, Senior Lecturer
  • Associate Professor Markus Riegler
  • Dr Tara Roberts, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Paul Rymer, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Colin Stack, Senior Lecturer
  • Professor Mark Tjoelker
  • Dr Ian Wright, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Ming Wu, Senior Lecturer

Top 500 worldwide for Biological Sciences

Ranked in the top 500 worldwide for Biological Sciences