• The University of Western Australia (M018), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr Brendan Kennedy is Professor in the School of Engineering at The University of Western Australia and Head of BRITElab at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. In addition, he is co-founder of OncoRes Medical and served as Chief Scientific Officer from 2017 to 2021. He received his PhD from Dublin City University in 2006. His doctoral thesis focussed on nonlinear polarization rotation in semiconductor optical amplifiers. His current research focusses on the development of optical coherence tomography and optical elastography and their application in a range of fields, particularly in mechanobiology, tissue engineering and surgery. He has published 1 book, 15 book chapters and >90 peer-reviewed journal papers and holds 6 granted patents. He has won a number of awards including, in 2019, a West Australian 40under40 Award.

Roles and responsibilities

Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Western Australia

Head, BRITElab, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

Program Chair, Biomedical Engineering, UWA

Unit Coordinator, BMEG4001 - Biomedical Instrumentation 

Theme Leader, Biomedical Engineering, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

Co-Founder, OncoRes Medical

Senior Member, Optica

Editorial Board Member, Biomedical Optics Express


Industrial relevance

Co-Founder, OncoRes Medical

Chief Scientific Officer, OncoRes Medical, 2017-2021

Previous positions

Teaching and Research Academic, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, 2006-2007

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Optical Communications, PhD, The origins and applications of nonlinear polarization rotation in semiconductor optical amplifiers, Dublin City University

Award Date: 25 Mar 2006

Electronic Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, Dublin City University


Award Date: 8 Oct 2001

Research expertise keywords

  • Optics
  • Biophotonics
  • Biomedical optics
  • Elastography
  • Imaging
  • Microscopy


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