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Martin Donnelley

Senior research fellow, University of Adelaide

Dr Donnelley completed his PhD in Medical Image Processing at the Flinders University of South Australia in 2008. He currently holds a Senior Medical Scientist position at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. His research is primarily focussed on using imaging techniques, including synchrotron phase contrast X-ray imaging, to quantify the effectiveness of genetic and pharmaceutical therapies for cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease, and to create novel airway health measures for respiratory disease. His primary areas of interest are non-invasive in vivo mucociliary transit (MCT) quantification, lentiviral gene therapy development and in studies to elucidate the role of stem cell transduction in producing long term gene expression. Much of his work has been performed at synchrotron facilities such as SPring-8 (Japan) and the Australian Synchrotron (Melbourne). Dr Donnelley’s key achievements lie in the area of non-invasive synchrotron imaging of respiratory processes at scales that have not previously been possible in vivo.


  • 2007–present
    MS McLeod Research Fellow, Cystic Fibrosis Airway Research Group, Department of Respiratory & Sleep Medicine, Women's and Children's Hospital
  • 2010–present
    Member, Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide
  • 2016–present
    Affiliate Senior Lecturer, Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide
  • 2010–2016
    Visiting Research Fellow: School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide


  • 2008 
    Flinders University, PhD
  • 2002 
    Flinders University, BEng (Biomedical) with Honours
  • 2001 
    Flinders University, BSc