GRIDD tackles devastating diseases using unique resources and a global network of partners

Our unique resources, dedicated researchers and international partners create an ideal context for drug discovery that drives our search for revolutionary new treatments.

Innovating at the cutting-edge of chemistry and biology, we collaborate with governments, academia, communities and the health industry to create new knowledge that transforms lives for the better.

We thank our supporters including AEGIUM, Cancer Therapeutics CRC, the Clem Jones Foundation, GHIT-Japan,  Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), Parkinson’s Queensland, Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation, and the Queensland and Australian Government. We are also proud to foster the next generation of drug discovery scientists.

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Unique Resources

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Access NatureBank’s collection of 60,000 natural product fractions ready for screening against any disease.

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Compounds Australia

Australia's only dedicated compound management facility, Compounds Australia connects chemists and biologists for drug discovery research.

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Key technologies

Our key technologies include high-throughput screening, Fourier transform mass spectrometry and fragment-based screening.

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Research Highlights

Welcome to GRIDD

Find out more from Director Professor Jennifer L. Martin.

Australian of the Year 2017

Professor Emeritus Alan Mackay-Sim

Alan Mackay-Sim is a world-renowned trailblazer in cell transplantation, who paved the way for innovative research to repair damaged spinal cords to return the gift of movement to paralysed people.

Drug resistance

Director Professor Jenny Martin, who was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in May 2017, talks about her research into the rapidly growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

Our Purpose, Mission and Values

Directions in drug discovery

Delve deeper into our research and find out more about our approaches, innovation and collaborations across key research areas:


An estimated 130,470 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Australia in 2016, with that number set to rise to 150,000 by 2020. Professors Vicky Avery, Sally-Ann Poulsen and Associate Professor Rohan Davis are working to discover compounds that are active against breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer.

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Infectious diseases

Infectious diseases kill more than one million people annually. GRIDD Professors Kathy Andrews, Vicky Avery and Ronald Quinn are seeking new drugs to treat diseases like malaria and TB, while Director Professor Jenny Martin is exploring new approaches to treat complicated urinary tract infections as well as melioidosis, a common disease in northern Australia.

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Parkinson’s disease

About 70,000 Australians are affected by this progressive disease of the nervous system. Professor George Mellick’s research explores the genetics of Parkinsonism and the interactions between genetic and environmental factors that contribute to onset and development of the disease.

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Drug resistance

Professor Sally-Ann Poulsen has discovered a new way to reverse multidrug resistance in cancer, while Director Professor Jenny Martin is exploring how to disarm bacteria so they cannot cause disease.

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Spinal cord injury repair

Up to half a million people globally suffer from spinal cord injury. GRIDD’s Associate Professor James St John in the Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research offers hope of new therapies. The 2017 Australian of the Year, Professor Emeritus Alan Mackay-Sim pioneered this research.

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Our researchers

See the team who make up GRIDD and find out more about our individual research strengths.

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September21, 2017

GRIDD Director honoured by Duke of York

Professor Jennifer Martin has been honoured by HRH Prince Andrew as a Bragg Member with the Royal Institute of Australia. Prominent Australian scientists were presented with the prestigious membership by the Duke of York on Wednesday, September 20. Named after prominent Australian Pioneer scientists...

September07, 2017

3MT final winners announced

A Biomedical Science PhD candidate is Griffith University’s 2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Champion. Heidi Walkden won the judges over with her presentation encapsulating her research work into how bacteria penetrates the brain’s Central Nervous System by invading peripheral nerves. A Ph...

August 23, 2017

Griffith scientists show research leadership in Women in Technology awards

Three female Griffith University scientists have cleansweept a category in the Women in Technology (WiT) awards. Professors Kathy Andrews, Sally-Ann Poulsen and Dr Lara Herrero are finalists in the Life Sciences Research Leader Award. The category recognises a research Leader with more than than 7 y...

August 23, 2017

Scientist shares insight in new kid’s book about bugs!

When 11-year-old Emma has her mum along to netball games, little do her teammates know that her mum is working to tackle one of the world’s deadliest diseases. Professor Kathy Andrews is a leading biomedical scientist working to save millions of lives by finding new treatments for malaria, but when ...

August 07, 2017

Make science a priority this National Science Week

Science leaders have issued a call to action ahead of National Science Week – make science a priority and prepare for jobs of the future. Queensland Science Minister Leeanne Enoch and 2017 Australian of the Year, Griffith University Professor Emeritus Alan Mackay-Sim, have both sent strong messages ...

August 01, 2017

Featherstar and sea-lily chemistry making a splash

You’ve probably seen one if you’ve snorkelled a reef but little do people know that the beautiful feather star and sea-lily could one day be the source of new medicines. Griffith University scientists Dr Yunjiang Feng, Dr Shahan Khokhar and Associate Professor Rohan Davis have undertaken an in-depth...

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