Samuels Building (F25)
Level 5, Room 511
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
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.