Our History



AGRF was established in 1997 under the Commonwealth Government’s Major National Research Facility (MNRF) program as a joint venture between the University of Queensland and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.  AGRF was the first facility of its kind in Australia, ensuring that researchers had full access to leading edge technologies within the country.  Since our inception, we have increased our presence to five nodes throughout Australia thus building a national network of capabilities and expertise accessible at a local level. 

Over our almost 20 year history, we have been involved in a number of projects of national significance in both the biomedical and agricultural sectors.  We continue to work with researchers within Australia and overseas to unlock the potential of genomics and advance their scientific endeavours. 

Key projects:

  • Sequencing the Tammar Wallaby Genome to understand marsupial evolution and gain new insights into marsupial biology.
  • Coral Genome project: the first animal genome to be fully sequenced within Australia, a milestone in Australian biotechnology and relevant to the management of Australian coral reefs. 
  • Wheat genome sequencing: sequencing wheat genomes of relevance to Australia in order to sustain this staple food crop.
  • Melanoma Project to unravel the genomic cause of melanoma to improve treatment and patient outcomes.