PROF Andrea O'Connor

PROF Andrea O'Connor


  • 3D printing
  • Antimicrobial materials
  • Biofilms
  • Biomaterials (Biodegradable materials, scaffolds, hydrogels)
  • Medical devices (Implants)
  • Tissue engineering



  • Associate Professor O'Connor is the Deputy Head of the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. Her expertise is in chemical and biomedical engineering with particular focus areas including biomaterials, tissue engineering, porous materials and downstream processing for biotechnology. She leads the Tissue Engineering Research Group in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

    Her research and teaching are focused in cross disciplinary applications of engineering involving biological systems, including a strong interest in 3D soft tissue engineering. She has active collaborations with several medical research institutes and medical device companies in Australia and has worked in the chemical industry in Australia and overseas.

    Current Research Activities include:
    Nano and Biomolecular Engineering - Tissue engineering Nanostructured materials
    Bioprocess Engineering - Separations technology 3D printing



Member of

  • Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. Associate Editor, Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (2011- ) 2011 -
  • International Mesostructured Material Association. Member of the International Mesostructured Material Association 2010 -
  • International Zeolite Association. Member of the International Zeolite Association 2010 -
  • Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. Ordinary member 2000 -
  • Particulate Fluids Processing Centre PFPC. Special Research Centre of the Australian Research Council based at the University of Melbourne 2000 -
  • Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society. TERMIS 2000 -
  • IChemE. Corporate membership 1999 -
  • Australian Association for Engineering Education. Member AAEE 1995 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2012: A. O'Connor and Y.Yan, 'Tailoring high efficiency catalysts for the hydrogen economy', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Materials Institute (MMI), University of Melbourne, $50K

    2010: A. O'Connor, S. Mergen, D. Stathopoulos and C. Newbold, 'Electroactive polymer foams for medical bionics', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Materials Institute (MMI), University of Melbourne

    2010: A. O'Connor, 'Electroactive polymer foam for medical bionics', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, University of Melbourne, $31K

    2007: A. O'Connor, 'Self-assembled biodegradable delivery systems for adipose tissue engineering', Melbourne Research Grants Scheme, University of Melbourne, $27K

    1995: Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachursetts Institute of Technology, USA   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1995
  • BE (Hons), University of Melbourne 1990

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, 2017
  • Edward Brown Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Melbourne, 2014
  • Melbourne School of Engineering Academic Staff Award for Teaching Excellence, 2013
  • Best Paper Award for 2007, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 2007
  • Selby Research Award, Selby Scientific Foundation, 2001
  • Science and Technology Agency of Japan Fellowship, Science and Technology Agency of Japan, 1999
  • Fullbright Occasional Lecturer Award, Australian-American Fulbright Commission, 1996
  • Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow Award - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Australian-American Fulbright Commission, 1995
  • Postgraduate Scholarship 3 years, Shell Australia, 1991
  • Scholarship 3 years, Dow Chemical (Australia) Ltd, 1987



Available for supervision

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