Prof Sally McArthur

OCE Science Leader,

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Sally McArthur is an CSIRO OCE Science Leader in Biomaterials and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology.

Professor McArthur’s personal research couples materials, surface engineering, physical science, analytical chemistry and biochemistry. Using these tools, she creates novel interfaces capable of eliciting specific physical and biological responses. Her CSIRO OCE Science Leader role focuses on the development of 3D tissue model systems as new in vitro test platforms for the biomaterials, pharmaceutical and medical/bio technologies sectors. As part of the Future Science Platform in Probing Biosystems, her team works on the development of 3D skin models for reproducing infection and inflammation processes.

Professor McArthur leads the Australian National Fabrication Facility Victoria (ANFF-Vic) Biointerface Engineering Hub, an open access facility for academic and industry researchers to gain expert support to connect biology with technology. As an engineering researcher Sally has obtained approximately $20 million in funding from research councils, industry and government in the UK and Australia, including the $1.8 million ARC Industrial Transformational Training Centre in Biodevices launched at Swinburne in 2015.

Other Interests

I am passionate about the the translation of research into commercial and social impact and the development of researchers that will enable them to build networks, connect with end user needs and understand how their research can assist to develop new products, services and businesses.

Achievements and Awards

  • -2016

    Most Valuable Woman in Leadership
    BioMelbourne Network

Current Roles

  • OCE Science Leader
    3D in vitro cell model systems

  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Swinburne University of Technology

  • Deputy Editor

Academic Qualifications

  • 2000


  • 1998

    M Eng Sci, Biomedical Engineering
    Monash University

  • 1995

    B Eng (Hons) Materials
    Monash University


  • 2015-2018

    ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre for Medical Devices and Diagnostics