Dr Catherine Galvin

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

Areas of expertise

  • Biomedical Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified 090399
  • Biomechanical Engineering 090302

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.  I have worked in the telecommunications industry during a period of rapid transition and government pressure. As a senior 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.

Within a division of CSIRO, I undertook a review of the sites and services and  managed significant organisational changes to their properties within NSW. I also reviewed the patent portfolio and presented information to enable decisions on patent viability.

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, 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 required the absorption of journal articles on various aspects of knee biomechanics. I learnt a new vocabulary, the language of the Physiotherapist and Orthopaedic Surgeon. In my research, I performed clinical and functional tests and recorded 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 into the devastating disease of knee osteoarthritis, I have a unique toolset: writing and speaking, engineering, anatomy, biomechanics, understanding practical applications of movement, curiosity, statistics, and my enjoyment of tackling complex tasks. 

In my academic life, I have presented at a range of conferences across disciplines. I have assisted with the supervision of physiotherapy honours students and medical students doing the research component of their degrees. Being employed as a lecturer and tutor,  I have navigated the combined academic and researcher life


Current student projects

Investigation into the coordinate systems used to describe joint motion.

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