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Cathal D. O'Connell

VC Postdoctoral Fellow, RMIT University

Dr Cathal O'Connell is a VC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Engineering, and is an early-career biomaterials scientist with a background in nanoscience. His research has covered a range of topics including biomaterials, fabrication and cell delivery mechanisms for applications including cartilage regeneration, muscle regeneration and 3D neuronal culture. Dr O’Connell has worked extensively in multidisciplinary teams in translational research settings, in particular as the inaugural Centre Manager of BioFab3D, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, the first hospital-based biofabrication laboratory in Australia.


  • 2014–present
    Contributing Writer, Cosmos Magazine
  • 2020–present
    VC Postdoctoral Fellow, RMIT
  • 2017–2020
    Centre Manager, BioFab3D, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
  • 2014–2016
    Associate Research Fellow, University of Wollongong
  • 2013–2014
    Science Communicator, La Trobe University
  • 2013–2013
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Melbourne


  • 2014 
    University of Wollongong, PhD/Nanoscience
  • 2008 
    Trinity College Dublin, B.A./The Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Physics
  • Australian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering