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).

The University of Melbourne’s success as a leading teaching and research organisation is based on the notion that our people are our point of difference. We strive to create and maintain a work environment which attracts and retains the best research workforce, including graduate researchers and professional staff who provide essential contributions to research.

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 June 2017 - 31 May 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 June 2017 - 31 May 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.

449 85.40

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Life Sciences 214 41.14
Chemistry 62 22.24
Physical Sciences 149 14.54
Earth & Environmental Sciences 52 13.26

Highlight of the month

A shot at understanding the flu vaccine

© Douglas Sacha/Moment/Getty

© Douglas Sacha/Moment/Getty

Immunization with the seasonal flu vaccine triggers a host of tissue- and blood-specific immune cell responses dependent on previous exposure to vaccination or virus, an Australian study has found.

The seasonal flu vaccine remains the most effective prophylaxis against the seasonal flu, yet the protection-generating cellular response to immunization has, until now, not been understood. The University of Melbourne’s Katherine Kedzierska lead a team to categorize the cellular activity underpinning flu vaccine-mediated protection.

The team found that influenza vaccination activated a cascade of cellular responses, including the induction of multiple types of B cells, which secrete antibodies and have the capacity to differentiate into memory cells to protect against recurrent infection. Immune cell activity differed between tissues and blood, and existing antibodies reduced the cellular response to vaccination.

Mechanistic studies such as this provide invaluable insights that enable the ‘rational design’ of future vaccines, where specific cells and physiological pathways are targeted to produce the maximum possible benefit.

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  1. Science Translational Medicine 10, eaan8405 (2018). doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aan8405

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1 June 2017 - 31 May 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 37.93% Domestic
  • 62.07% 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.

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