LaTrobe University will be able to examine the fabric of the universe with even greater accuracy following the opening of its new $100 million LaTrobe Institute of Molecular Sciences (LIMS) building.

The centre, opened by Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education Sharon Bird, incorporates 34 research and support laboratories in the heart of the university’s Melbourne campus.

“La Trobe is one of Australia’s top research universities in the fields of cell biology and biochemistry, and the brilliant labs and facilities our researchers can access at LIMS will help bolster our lead in these important disciplines,” LaTrobe’s Vice-Chancellor John Dewar said.

The centre will be dedicated to the study of molecular structures and furthering our understanding of the fundamental processes of life on earth.

Professor Nick Hoogenraad, Head of the School of Molecular Sciences, said that the new LIMS complex will allow academics and researchers from chemistry, biochemistry and genetics to work together to achieve results that would not be possible in traditional academic settings.