Dr Katarzyna Hourigan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology


Dr Katarzyna Hourigan is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology specializing in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology. She has a diverse experience in materials science and engineering engaging in fundamental and translational research in academia and industry. Her research interests emerge at the crossroads of chemistry, biology, biophysics, and engineering and encompass areas such as (bio)polymers, surface chemistry, biomimetic materials and nanomechanics.

Dr Hourigan's current area of research focuses on understanding the composition and properties of Australia’s endemic arid grass, spinifex, at multiple levels of substructures. Her investigations include using advanced characterization techniques to find what is the role of the cell wall components of this perennial in terms of materials properties and what processes can be designed to engineer materials with properties suitable to particular applications.

Dr Hourigan has been engaged in supporting gender diversity in science and engineering fields through a committed service to UQ Women in Engineering Program and is a passionate advocate for women and girls in STEM. She has been involved in the RACI Queensland Polymer Division, Study Queensland and Women in Technology network.


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Poznan University ofTechnical
  • Master of Science in Engineering, Poznan University ofTechnical
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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