Samuels Building (F25)
Level 5, Room 511
Dr Penny Martens, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering
Level 1: I take materials (very similar to soft contact lenses) and use them to replace various tissues inside the body.
Level 2: I design and create hydrogel materials for engineering replacement tissues.
Level 3: I combine synthetic and natural polymers in order to exploit the benefits of each for improved cell survival in 3D constructs.
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 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.
BIOM9332 – Biocompatability
BIOM9334 – Comprehensive Biomaterials Science
BIOM9432 – Chemistry and Physics of Synthetic and Biological Polymers
BIOM9561 – Mechanical Properties of Biomaterials
Number currently in lab: 2 PhDs
Number graduated: 5 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
Professional Organisations and Consulting positions
Treasurer, Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Board Members, Science and Technology Australia
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 f
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.