Associate Professor O’Connor is the Deputy Head (Engagement) of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular 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 and Nanoporous Materials Research Group in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Her research and teaching are focussed 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.