Professor Damien Harkin

Visiting Senior Scientist

BSc (Adelaide) BSc Hons (Pathology, Adelaide) PhD (Pathology, Adelaide) Grad Cert Res Mgt & Policy (Melbourne) MTertEd Mgt (Melbourne)


Dr Harkin is a Professor in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology. He is an experienced cell biologist with expertise across a number of fields including inflammation and tissue repair, embryonic development, imaging of tissue structure and regenerative medicine. Highlights from Dr Harkin’s career include a PhD in pathology from the University of Adelaide in 1994 and postdoctoral appointments at Harvard Medical School and the University Melbourne.

Dr Harkin has pioneered the development of stem cell therapies for the treatment of eye disease in Australia and in collaboration with Professor Chirila (QEI) is world renowned for developing novel materials from silk proteins for repairing the eye.


For the health and safety of our patients, staff and visitors, we ask you do not enter the QEI South Brisbane or QEI Clayfield facilities if you:

  • Have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19 
  • Have recently travelled overseas or interstate and have NOT undergone a two week quarantine 
  • Are awaiting COVID-19 test results
  • Have cold or fever symptoms (sore throat, coughing, sneezing etc)
  • Recently visited a COVID-19 hot spot (as identified on the Queensland Government website)

Please note that all visitors at this time will undergo contactless temperature checking. Our staff will also require the full names and contact details of all visitors to the building. 

Thank you for your cooperation at this time, please don't hesitate to contact us on 07 3239 5000 if you have any concerns.