Personal details

Name
Professor Damien Harkin
Position(s)
Professor
Faculty of Health,
School of Biomedical Sciences
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Biomedical Sciences - CDA
Discipline *
Medical Biotechnology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Ophthalmology and Optometry
Phone
+61 7 3138 6146
Fax
+61 7 3138 6030
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (University of Adelaide), Master of Tertiary Education (Management) (The University of Melbourne), Graduate Certificate in Reserach Management and Policy (The University of Melbourne)

Professional memberships
and associations

Australia and New Zealand Cornea Society and Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology

Keywords

Diseases of the eye and eyelids, Stem cell therapies, Innovative biomaterials, Regenerative medicine, Tissue engineering, Histological techniques

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Professor Harkin is an experienced teacher and medical researcher. He has taught the principles of human structure, function and disease to undergraduate students across multiple fields including nursing, paramedical studies, optometry, podiatry, biomedical science and medical laboratory science. His main area of teaching focus for the last 15 years has been techniques for the analysis of tissue structure for diagnostic and research applications. His main area of research focus for the last 20 years has been the development of cell and tissue therapies for the treatment of common and severe eye diseases. This research has been supported by over $3M dollars in research funding and has led to over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

Professor Harkin received his BSc and PhD (Pathology) from the University of Adelaide (1993) before completing postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School (1994-1996) and the University of Melbourne (1997). He commenced working at QUT as a lecturer in 2001 and was promoted to Professor in 2016. Professor Harkin also holds honorary positions at the Queensland Eye Institute (since 2005) and Australian Red Cross LifeBlood (since 2020). Professor Harkin has also been awarded a Masters degree in Tertiary Education (2019) from the University of Melbourne.

This information has been contributed by Professor Damien Harkin.

Teaching

Professor Harkin has over 20 years experience in the provision of lectures, tutorials and practical demonstrations within the fields of human anatomy, physiology and pathology. He has trained over 2000 students at the undergraduate level and has guided to completion 7 PhD students and 2 Masters students in the role of principal supervisor. He has also made a significant contribution to the training and mentorship of more junior academics in his role as Head of Medical Sciences at QUT (2009-2011) and numerous in-house professional education workshops. Professor Harkin has been a leading advocate for the digital transformation of teaching including the production of over 20 specialist videos covering the essentials of histological techniques.

This information has been contributed by Professor Damien Harkin.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Cultivated corneal endothelial cell implants for restoring vision
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1099922
Start year
2016
Keywords
Corneal Transplantation;Regenerative Medicine;Biomaterials;Cornea;Stem Cell Therapy
Title
A fibroin-based prosthetic Bruch's membrane for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1080302
Start year
2015
Keywords
macular degeneration;extracellular matrix;biomaterials;retinal function;regenerative medicine
Title
A novel mesenchymal stromal cell and biomaterial for corneal reconstruction
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1049050
Start year
2013
Keywords
cornea replacement;stem cells;biomaterials;corneal wound healing;corneal transplantation
Title
Growing Cells on Silk Film to Replace Corneal Grafting
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
2012001189
Start year
2013
Keywords
Title
Development of a novel bioengineered tissue construct for repairing the eye.
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
553038
Start year
2009
Keywords
Eye;Cornea;Limbus;Silk Protein;Electrospinning

Supervision

Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)