Translational Research Facility (TRF)

Our $84 million state-of-the-art Translational Research Facility (TRF), completed in October 2015, co-locates research, clinical and technological platforms to facilitate the collaboration of our researchers and clinical partners to accelerate and coordinate the translation of scientific breakthroughs.

Biobanking Victoria

Biobanking Victoria is the first industry-focused biobank in Australia.

The innovative facility operates at international standards and provides a complete end-to-end solution for biological material collection, handling, storage and analysis to support precision medicine, genomics, clinical trials, translational research and commercialisation opportunities to improve health outcomes.

Find out more about Biobanking Victoria.


Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops and improves on methods for storing, retrieving, organising and analysing biological data. A major activity in bioinformatics is to develop software tools to comprehend complex biological systems.

  • Differential Gene Expression – Statistical analysis of differential gene expression from transcriptomics data (microarray, RNAseq)
  • Variant Identification – Identification of genetic variants (SNPs and InDels) from large scale genomics data
  • Methylation and ChIPseq – Exploration of epigenetics and post-transcriptional modifications of the genome and its expression
  • De-novo assembly – In silico assembly of transcriptomics or genomics data from non-model organisms

The platform also provides access to the IPA (Ingenuity Pathway Analysis) and Metacore (GeneGo) software via a hot desk for its collaborators.

Visit the Monash Bioinformatics webpage for more information.

Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine

The Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Platform hosts a biological Isolator that provides a fully contained environment suitable for the processing of human cells and tissue. This facility has been established to boost the clinical development of human cell-based therapies and regenerative medicine applications.

The Platform provides a flexible, cost-effective alternative to traditional cell therapy manufacturing and regenerative medicine facilities. It is available to researchers and commercial entities from within and outside the MHTP seeking to progress cell and tissue based therapies to the clinic. The platform houses the BioSpherix Xvivo ISO5 Isolator, an enclosed, integrated and fully controlled environment for cell and tissue processing.

Contact us

Dr Gordon McPhee | Facility Manager
Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Platform
Hudson Institute of Medical Research | Translational Research Facility
t: +61 3 8572 2802

Dr Mirja Krause | Senior Quality Manager
Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Platform
Hudson Institute of Medical Research | Translational Research Facility
t: +61 3 8572 2770

Clinical Trials Centre

Clinical trials provide patients with the most innovative treatments and medications available and improve the management of a range of diseases and medical conditions.   

The Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP) has proudly facilitated more than 200 clinical trials within the state-of-the-art MHTP Clinical Trials Centre to date. In an Australian first, our unique and distinctive facility supports research conducted at Monash University and the Hudson Institute in collaboration with Monash Health, the largest public health service in Victoria. 

Multiple Monash Health departments access the Clinical Trials Centre including Haematology, Oncology, Gastroenterology, Lung and Sleep, Diabetes, Infectious Diseases, Neurology, Stroke, Nephrology, Critical Care and ENT.  Our trials are helping patients with a range of diseases and conditions, including Lymphoma, Advanced Solid Tumours, Hepatitis, Cystic Fibrosis and Asthma.

Since opening in December 2015, our dedicated and self-contained clinical research and trials facility has revolutionised how trials are conducted within Monash Health.  Our co-location with researchers, on level 3 of the purpose-built Translational Research Facility, at the precinct, enhances collaboration and links between basic and clinical research and patient care, expediting translation of vital discoveries to the bedside.

The MHTP Clinical Trials Centre, directly connected to Monash Medical Centre by a link bridge, contains 10 consulting rooms, 8 clinical beds and 21 treatment chairs dedicated to clinical trials patients and can be accessed 24/7 should a trial require. Dedicated research nurses provide timely and accurate protocol-required data in a professional, warm and inviting environment. 

Supported by an on-site DXA machine, a dedicated trials pharmacy and pathology service, the MHTP Clinical Trials Centre offers a one-stop-shop for conducting clinical trials.

Working together with Monash Health’s Research Support Services, Monash Health, Monash University and Hudson Institute researchers and coordinators, the Centre supports trials from Phase 1 through to Phase 4. 

The MHTP Clinical Trials Centre continues to increase access to a countless number of trials for the fast growing population of Melbourne’s South East, and encourages national and international research collaborations. 


Monique Pedetti, MHTP Clinical Trials Centre Manager

Ph: + 61 3 8572 2400

Flow Cytometry

Flow Cytometry
The Flow Cytometry Facility uses sophisticated instruments for cellular and particle analysis based upon the use of fluorescent probes and markers. Flow cytometers can be used for investigating cellular makeup, enabling detailed analysis of biological activity and function and for isolating rare cell populations for further studies.  The facility currently operates one high speed sorter and two cell analysers and provides the following services on a fee-for-service model:
  • Cell sorting
  • Cell analysis
  • Training for independent use of cell analysers
  • Advice on experimental design and data analysis



The Hudson Institute's Histology Facility was established in 1999 to support the needs of researchers and students at the Institute. The Facility also provides services for the Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP) and external clients. Our aim is to provide high quality, reliable and cost effective histological serviceHistology involves the study of the microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues. Tissues are carefully processed, sectioned and stained revealing delicate morphological features that can indicate health or disease for research, education or clinical studies.  The Histology Platform has two service models:

  • a full “Professional” end-to-end service provided by specialist staff
  • a "Do it Yourself" service providing access to laboratory facilities, specialist equipment and consumables.

In addition, the experienced Histology team can provide advice, training and research assistance in:

  • Dissection
  • Cassetting
  • Processing – to resin or paraffin
  • Cutting – fresh, resin or paraffin sections
  • Staining and coverslipping -automated or manual
  • Immunohistochemistry – automated utilising the Dako Autostainer
  • Micro Tissue array slide supply – creation of micro tissue arrays to suit your needs. We can create the multi block for you and provide sections for use as control tissue
  • Slide scanning
  • Digital photography, basic fluorescence and polarization



Medical Genomics

Medical Genomics

The MHTP Medical Genomics Facility is located level H04 of the Translational Research Facility. The Medical Genomics Facility provides a comprehensive range of technologies to analyse DNA and RNA, determining its structure and function and its role in health and diseases.

The facility services the Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP) partners, Hudson Institute, Monash University and Monash Health, as well as research institutes throughout Australia. The facility maintains an excellent reputation for the provision of the highest quality data and comprehensive customer support. 

Operating as not-for-profit organisation, the facility includes core centres providing research expertise, services and reagents. The Next Generation service is NATA accredited and complies with ISO 15189:2007 and ISO 9001:2015.

We provide a broad range of specialist genomic services based upon a fee-for-service model including

  • Quantitative real-time PCR
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Fluidigm single cell genomics
  • Drop-Seq Technologies

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General Enquiries

Micro Imaging

MMI charges an annual subscription fee to cover training and instrument access for internal users.

Micro Imaging provides:

  • Experimental design and troubleshooting
  • Instrumentation
  • Training
  • Research collaboration
  • Project development.

Contact us

Dr Sarah Creed
Facility Manager and Optical Microscopy Specialist
t: +61 3 8572 2816

Dr Giulia Ballerin
Optical Microscopy Specialist
t: +61 3 8572 2790