Professor Damien Harkin

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Faculty of Health,
School of Biomedical Sciences

Personal details


Faculty of Health,
School of Biomedical Sciences


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

Research field

Medical Biotechnology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Ophthalmology and Optometry

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


  • 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


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.

Selected publications

QUT ePrints

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Selected research projects

Projects listed above are funded by Australian Competitive Grants. Projects funded from other sources are not listed due to confidentiality agreements.


Current supervisions