The University of Melbourne (UniMelb)



Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is an international leader in research, learning and teaching — attracting students from more than 150 countries.

It is consistently ranked among the world’s leading universities, with international rankings placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 33 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015–2016).

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Our academics are renowned researchers and industry leaders, recognised globally for their achievements. Our graduates are valued by employers across the world for their academic excellence, cross-cultural fluency, and active global citizenship.

Research at the University of Melbourne

Excellence in research is core to the University of Melbourne’s mission. The University is a globally-engaged, comprehensive, research-intensive university with the capacity to make significant contributions to global social, economic and environmental challenges.

The University of Melbourne is committed to nurturing scholarship, to developing new insights and promoting a wider understanding of the world in which we live. Through its ‘Research at Melbourne’ strategy, the University has committed to cherish and cultivate investigator-driven research in the fundamental enabling disciplines, while pursuing applied solutions to three Grand Challenges:

  • understanding our place and purpose
  • fostering health and wellbeing
  • supporting sustainability and resilience.

These Grand Challenges draw on the deep disciplinary expertise and scholarship of our researchers — who are working toward discoveries that contribute to the global reserve of knowledge, and inform major shifts in thinking. Importantly, the Grand Challenges are embedded across the University through its precincts and partnerships as well as through our international and graduate research training agenda.

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1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Melbourne (UniMelb) published between 1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018 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.

476 93.58

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 59 19.85
Life Sciences 224 44.05
Earth & Environmental Sciences 69 20.47
8 2.89
3 0.58
2 0.63
6 1.11
9 2.71
12 3.89
6 1.67
3 1.58
1 0.01
6 1.49
5 0.71
2 0.08
1 0.38
5 2.76
Physical Sciences 162 18.14

Highlight of the month

Immune cells in the eye support daylight vision

© Dieter Hopf/Getty

© Dieter Hopf/Getty

Microglia, the immune cells of the central nervous system, play a key role in the development of vision, scientists at the University of Melbourne have found. They showed that microglia support the survival of photoreceptor neurons in the retina of mice after birth.

Photoreceptors are specialized sensory neurons that convert light into electrical signals, which are then decoded in the brain to create conscious vision. A mutation in the gene encoding CX3C chemokine receptor 1 (Cx3cr1) in microglia led to the loss of cone photoreceptors soon after mice first opened their eyes.

Impaired signalling through this receptor affected the expression of genes involved in regulating photoreceptor structure and function. A better understanding of the mechanisms by which microglia interact with cells in the retina will aid earlier detection of eye diseases and, potentially, halt the progression of vision loss.

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  1. Journal of Neuroscience 38, 4708–4723 (2018). doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2368-17.2018

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 36.58% Domestic
  • 63.42% 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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