Penny Martens

Graduate Sch-Biomedical Engine
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 3902
+61 2 9663 2108

Samuels Building (F25)
Level 5, Room 511
Kensington Campus

Dr Penny Martens, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering

Interest in engineering

Why did you get into engineering?

I loved both math and chemistry in high school. Engineering was a natural fit.

What are your research goals?

Rational design of functional biomaterials for a variety of applications ranging from diabetes treatments, to artificial cartilage, to neural interfaces.

Advice for prospective undergrad biomedical engineers

Take maths, physics and chemistry in high school. Then, at university, pick the subjects that really excite you – you will be doing this for a long time and you want to be excited.


Number currently in lab: 4 PhDs

Number graduated: 6 Phds, 1 ME

Student Projects:

Development of new polymeric materials

Biosynthetic hydrogel microspheres for diabetes applications

Biosynthetic conducting hydrogels for neural applications

Looking for students for projects related to:

Polymer synthesis, fabrication, and characterisation.  Also open to other projects relating to this core area. Feel free to contact me to discuss your project ideas. 

Professional Organisations and Consulting positions

Vice-President and Member, Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute


Young Tall Poppy, 2009



PhD from the University of Colorado in Chemical Engineering

MS from the University of Colorado in Chemical Engineering


BS from Loras College in Engineering Physics

Dr Penny Martens is a Senior Lecturer with the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on the use of biosynthetic hydrogels for a variety of biomedical applications, including diabetes treatment, neural electrodes and cartilage repair.