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Professor Sally McArthur

Director, Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, CSIRO Research+ Science Leader, Manufacturing; Professor of Biomedical Engineering
PhD, UNSW, Australia; Masters of Engineering Science - Biomedical Engineering , Monash University, Australia; B.Eng (Hons) Materials Engineering , Monash University, Australia


Professor Sally McArthur is the Director of the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute at Swinburne and CSIRO Research+ Science Leader in Biomedical Manufacturing. She is part of a team at Swinburne exploring new ways to link industry and academia to create a new generation of entrepreneurial, innovative and internationally connected graduates capable of driving the medical and manufacturing sectors forward in Australia and internationally.

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 Research+ 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.

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 $22 million in funding from research councils, industry and government in the UK and Australia, including $1.9 million from Victoria's Start-up Agency, LaunchVic to support the development of the Medical Device Partnering Program in Victoria.  

Research interests

Nanomaterials; Surface Analysis; Biointerface Engineering; biomaterials; biomedical engineering; materials engineering

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Bioengineering 3D in vitro model systems: These projects will develop reproducible, scalable and monitored 3D cell culture.  1)    Materials and Devices – integrate existing tissue engineering and disease-on-chip knowledge. 2)    Sensors and Reporting systems – in situ and ex situ sensors and reporting tools. 3)    Verification and Validation using animal and 2D models and tools including ToF-SIMS.

ToF-SIMS imaging of tissue engineered materials : This project will focus on the development of new mass spectometry tools for characterising tissue engineered skin in a variety of different disease, inflamation and infection states. Combiningchemical spectroscopy with confocal fluorescence and standard biological assays, the project will explore how these approaches can give new insight into the processes that occur during tissue formation 

Understanding the structure of plasma polymers: Plasma polymers are 5-100nm thin films deposited from the gas phase onto surfaces. Used in a wide range of industries from biomedical devices through to semiconductors and optical coatings, these films can be formed with a wide range fo properties. This project will focus on understanding the chemical and mechanical changes in the films that occur during deposition 


Available to supervise honours students.

Teaching areas

biomedical engineering


  • 2016, National, Most Valuable Woman in Leadership Award, BioMelbourne Network
  • 2016, International, Fellow, AVS, USA
  • 2014, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Research Engagement Award, Swinburne
  • 2006, International, Silver Medal,, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3), UK


Also published as: McArthur, Sally; McArthur, S.; McArthur, Sally L.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: MedTech Vic *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2021: Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2) *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • 2020: MDPP StimCAR-T Project *; The Flinders University of South Australia
  • 2019: Development of 3D cell culture systems for evaluating real-time stimulations and sensing techniques *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2018: Exploiting microfabricated cell culture platforms for the ex vivo generation of T cells *; Cass Foundation Grant
  • 2018: Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) (LaunchVic) *; Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources Fund Scheme
  • 2017: Introducing inflammation and infection pathways into 3D model skin tissue systems *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • 2016: CSIRO OCE Fellowship *; CSIRO OCE Fellowship
  • 2014: Bioinspired interfaces for improved carbon fibre composite performance *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2014: Collaborative facility for high resolution fabrication, imaging, and characterisation of nanostructured materials *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Scheme - For funding commencing in 2014
  • 2014: Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Biodevices and Diagnostics *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2014: Nanotechnology Water Sensor Production: Technology Voucher project with Aquadiagnostic Pty Ltd *; Aqua Diagnostic Pty Ltd
  • 2014: Surface and Colloid Characterisation Facility *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Scheme - For funding commencing in 2014
  • 2013: Bioinspired interfaces for improved carbon fibre composite performance (VCAMM PhD scholarship for Racim Radjef) *; VCAMM Scholarship
  • 2013: Development of Proof of Concept for a Precision Opthalmic Surgical Guide *; L&L Sullivan
  • 2013: Optimization and Characterization of Surface Chemistry Deposition in a Microfluidic Prototype Cartridge *; MiniFAB
  • 2013: Undergraduate research opportunities in small technologies UROP *; Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
  • 2012: A diagnostics platform for advanced plasma-chemical analysis *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2012: Argon cluster source for non-destructive, quantitative compositional depth profile of soft biomedical and biological materials *; Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation Equipment Grants
  • 2012: Corrosivity of Australian Naval Bases *; DMTC
  • 2011: Controlling infection through bacterials *; L.E.W. Carty Charitable Fund
  • 2011: MCN Biointerface Hub at SUT *; MCN Technology Hub
  • 2011: Nanoscale characterisation of the dynamics of artificial lipid membranes - model systems for drug binding studies *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2011: Ripple sensor for surface enhanced raman spectroscopy *; Agilent Technologies Foundation
  • 2011: Ultrasonic production of skim milk *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2010: Development of antimicrobial coatings from pure Australian essential oils *; Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Research Grants
  • 2010: Molecular spectroscopic 2D and 3D Imaging Systems at Sub-Micron Spatial Resolution *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme

* Chief Investigator