Deakin University


At Deakin University our researchers are making a positive impact on the lives and well-being of communities — not just in Australia, but around the world — through exceptional innovation and research.

Using our industry, government and institutional networks, we are building our global research footprint across four key themes, supported by four world-class Research Institutes and 13 Strategic Research Centres.

Improving health and wellbeing

Covering the broad spectrum of health, our research is helping to improve the lives and wellbeing of people and communities on a global scale. From medicine, ageing, chronic illness and disability, to nutrition, physical activity and child health, we're continually striving to uncover new frontiers through persistent curiosity and ground-breaking research.

Designing smarter technologies

Deakin is a world leader in carbon and short fibre, metals and steel research, electromaterials, corrosion, nanotechnology, composite materials and energy storage systems. Our open access carbon fibre/composite research facility, Carbon Nexus, is supporting the transition to advanced manufacturing, while engineering and IT researchers are providing robotics, simulation modelling and haptics solutions to clients across many sectors.

Enabling a sustainable world

Deakin leads one of the world’s most prestigious environmental and marine science research programs. Our scientists are helping to protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, from rapid development and from climate change. In the agricultural sphere, teams of experts are providing water management advice and designing smart solutions to global challenges such as food security, sustainable agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Advancing society and culture

Our research is helping to advance understanding of intercultural relations, politics, migration, racism and governance. In education, researchers are cultivating society and culture by informing policy across all educational sectors, with an emphasis on developing partnerships and working toward achieving equity and social justice. Our creative arts researchers are also breaking new ground, often at the intersection between research, art and technology.

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1 August 2018 - 31 July 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 August 2018 - 31 July 2019 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

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Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Life Sciences 19 2.01
1 0.06
2 0.01
6 0.29
3 0.30
2 0.21
Role of sociality in the response of killer whales to an additive mortality event.
Early tropical crop production in marginal subtropical and temperate Polynesia
3 0.93
1 0.01
1 0.20
Physical Sciences 19 4.35
Chemistry 19 4.47
Earth & Environmental Sciences 6 0.27

Highlight of the month

Using sex to fight cancer

© Ed Reschke/Getty

© Ed Reschke/Getty

Sex may have originated to prevent cancer being transmitted between individuals.

Asexual-reproducing organisms essentially clone themselves. In contrast, sexual reproduction typically involves enormous energy expenditure in finding potential mates and only females can bear offspring. Yet, nearly all multicellular organisms reproduce sexually. This is one of the greatest enigmas in evolutionary biology.

Now, a team that included Deakin University researchers has proposed a new explanation for this.

The rise of multicellular organisms made possible the arrival of cancers. Asexual reproduction produces genetically identical offspring between which cancers can spread because the offspring’s immune system cannot detect any difference in the cancer genome. Sexual reproduction, however, rearranges the genome, making cancers easily distinguishable between individuals.

This hypothesis could explain the scarcity of transmissible cancers in sexual reproducers, and their almost exclusive occurrence in homogeneous populations.

Supported content

  1. PLOS Biology 17, e3000275. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000275

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 August 2018 - 31 July 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 39.94% Domestic
  • 60.06% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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