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uts ithree institute: infection, immunity, innovation. research strength

About the ithree institute

We focus on discovery and applied research to build an understanding of how microbes grow, live, adapt and survive.

The ithree institute brings together a team of scientists with diverse skill sets who collectively address key challenges in the understanding and control of infectious diseases in humans and animals. Our senior scientists have recently refined the key research themes under which they will work together to increase their impact in the antibiotic resistance, food safety and infectious disease space.

The institute is based at the University of Technology Sydney. Launched in 2010, it was born out of the foundations laid by The Institute for the Biotechnology of Infectious Diseases (IBID) that was established in 2002 to develop and expand the university’s infectious disease research.


To use pioneering science to provide new insights into how microbes adapt and survive in their hosts and the environment, to reduce the morbidity and mortality caused by infectious diseases, and to slow down the rise of antimicrobial resistance.


We will achieve our mission by focusing on three main objectives:

  • Grow our research excellence and increase productivity, scale and impact
  • Build our reputation and collaborative culture and increase awareness of our research
  • Produce the next generation of microbial-aware scientists

Our values

Connect: We seek to engage with and attract internationally competitive researchers and invest in people with diverse skills.

Collaborate: We strive to develop long-term partnerships with like-minded organisations by delivering scientific excellence and innovation.

Communicate: We believe in sharing our knowledge with the global scientific community and broader society including industry, government and policy makers.

As a designated UTS research strength we demonstrate leadership in research performance based on scale and quality.