Awards Committee

Trustee (2021-2023)

Sally L. McArthur

IFM, Deakin University
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Waurn Ponds, VIC 3216. Australia
Tel: 61-45-077-2348
E-mail: sally_mcarthur @

SALLY L. MCARTHUR is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology and a Research+Science Leader at CSIRO, Australia’s national industrial research organization. The focus of Sally’s research is on interfacing biology with technology. She uses surface engineering strategies of plasma polymerisation, wet chemistry and microfabrication to create new biomaterials. Her work also links ultrahigh vacuum surface chemical characterisation tools with metrology and biological assays to investigate and optimise materials and systems for medical, biotechnology, food and environmental applications.

In her role at CSIRO, her team is developing 3D cell culture systems with in situ sensing and imaging capabilities that will enable materials testing and fundamental biological studies and form a connection between traditional biological assays and animal models. Her laboratories host the Australian National Fabrication Facilities (ANFF) Biointerface Engineering Hub, an open access facility for researchers and industry to access expert surface engineering capabilities. Sally has extensive experience undertaking research in collaboration with industry as well as supporting new models of research training that integrate students into industry and start-up cultures.

A member of the AVS since 2000, Sally was elected as an AVS Director for 2019-2020. Sally has been an active member for the Biomaterial Interfaces Division undertaking a range of roles, including: Executive Committee (2005-2007), Treasurer/Secretary (2007-2008), Program Chair elect 2009, Program Chair 2010 and Division Chair 2011. She was a member of the AVS Professional Leadership Committee from 2009-2014. Sally is the Australian representative on the organizing committee for PacSurf 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020.

Sally has been the Editor of the AVS journal Biointerphases since December 2017, and prior to this she was an Associate Editor for two years, and a foundation member of the editorial board.