Dr Catherine Galvin

PhD , B.Eng Elect (Hons), FIEAust, B Sp&ExSc (Hons), GradCert HealthRsch, GradCert Human movement
ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics
T: 0415 628 951

Areas of expertise

  • Biomedical Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified 090399
  • Biomechanical Engineering 090302
  • Electrical Circuits And Systems 400802

Research interests

At the Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit at the Canberra Hospital, we look at healthy and osteoarthritic knee kinematics; studying tibiofemoral kinematics, the motion of the femur and tibia as the knee bends and straightens.

I have recently been working on developing predictive models of knee osteoarthritis aimed at providing an 'early warning system' that can identify the signs of early knee osteoarthritis.



As an Electrical Engineer, I was trained to offer creative and technical solutions to critical problems requiring innovation, imagination and teamwork.  telecommunications . As a senior telecommunications network engineer I was part of a team that implemented major government decisions which required the extensive development of specialised networks, involving their detailed planning, design and construction.

As a practitioner of Taekwondo since the age of 13, I have been teaching and running my own Taekwondo school. Being an engineer, this experience has given me a great interest in the musculoskeletal system, especially knee motion, physical fitness and longevity. As an academic exercise over the last few years I coauthored a book on the lost pattern of Taekwondo, Encyclopaedia of Taekwondo Supplement No. 16. 

My PhD research included clinical and functional tests of knees in vivo and recording CT and Fluoroscopy images of the participant’s knees. To enable the analysis of my image data I collaborated with Prof Mark Pickering at UNSW (ADFA); contributing to the ongoing development of a bespoke 3D/2D medical-image-processing software package called “Orthovis”.  

As a researcher and entrepreneur, I am involved in the development of medical technology to assist orthopaedic surgeons, making total knee replacement surgery quicker, more accurate with better outcomes.  


Current student projects

Investigation into the coordinate systems used to describe joint motion.


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