Dr Fatemeh Karimi
Adjunct Associate Lecturer

Dr Fatemeh Karimi

  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Melbourne, 2015-2018, Thesis Title: Nanoscale design of cardiovascular biomaterials
  • Master of Science in Polymer Chemistry, The University of Teheran, 2010-2012, GPA:19.11/20.0 (4.0/4.0), Thesis Title: Complex coacervation of gelatin and nanoclay: A fundamental study 
  • Bachelor of Science in Pure Chemistry, The University of Teheran, 2006-2010, GPA: 18.67/20.0 (4.0/4.0)  
Grad Sch: Biomedical Eng

Dr. Fatemeh Karimi is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at the UNSW Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering (GSBmE) and Honorary Fellow at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. She received her B.Sc. in Chemistry (Ranked 1st) in 2010 and M.Sc. in polymer chemistry (Ranked 1st) in 2012 from the University of Tehran, Iran. Her master's degree focused on the investigation of the structure-property relationship of biohybrid coacervates under the supervision of Assistant Professor Nader Taheri-Qazvini. Then, She completed her Ph.D. at the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Daniel E. Heath, Professor Greg G. Qiao, and Professor Andrea J. O’Connor. Her Ph.D. research focused on the design of advanced biomaterials to promote endothelialization for vascular graft application. Next, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow with Professor Greg Qiao in the Polymer Science Group, focusing on the ocular drug delivery and development of bioadhesives. Her research interests are in the area of polymer science, biomaterials, and tissue engineering with a particular focus on the polymer and biomaterial design, synthesis, biofunctionalization, characterization, and cell-material interactions for biomedical applications including cardiovascular disease, wound healing, tissue engineering, and tissue bioadhesives.    


Room 1002, Level 1, E26 Biological Sciences South, UNSW, Kensington NSW 2052, Australia
  • Journal articles | 2019
    McKenzie TG; Karimi F; Ashokkumar M; Qiao GG, 2019, 'Ultrasound and Sonochemistry for Radical Polymerization: Sound Synthesis', CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, vol. 25, pp. 5372 - 5388, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201803771

  • Highly Prestigious and competitive Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship (CI-A), UNSW, 2019-2022
  • Vice Chancellor's Research Fund (CI-A), UNSW, 2019-2022
  • Graduate school of Biomedical Engineering Infrastructure Fund (CI-A), UNSW, 2020
  • Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme (DAAD) “Applications of advanced scaffold fabrication technologies toward functional cardiac patches” (CI-C), 2020-2021

  • Honorary Fellow, Polymer Science Group, University of Melbourne, 2019-current
  • Awarded highly prestigious and competitive Vice Chancellor's Research Fellowship, GSBmE, UNSW, 2019-2022
  • Travel grant, Particulate Fluids Processing Centre (PFPC) at the University of Melbourne, 2018
  • Awarded DAAD Scholarship (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), Melbourne-Bayreuth Colloid-Polymer Network, to participate in the 49th IFF Spring
    School “Physics of Life” in Julich and visit Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM), Max Planck Institute for
    Polymer Research, and University of Bayreuth, Germany, 2018
  • Travel grant, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Polymer Division, Australia, 2017
  • Travel grant, Melbourne Abroad Travel Scholarship (MATS), the University of Melbourne, 2017
  • Travel grant, Particulate Fluids Processing Centre (PFPC) at the University of Melbourne, 2017
  • ePoster prize, best Viewers' Choice at Research@Library Week ePoster Competition, the University of Melbourne, 2017
  • Treloar Prize, the best poster presentation by a young scientist, 36th Australian Polymer Symposium (36th APS), Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), 2016
  • Eugen Singer Award, for performing research in the field of polymer, Engineering School of the University of Melbourne, 2016
  • Awarded highly prestigious and competitive International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), Australian Government and the University of Melbourne, 2015-2018
  • Granted highly competitive Full Admission to Doctoral Program at The University of Akron (declined in favour of UniMelb), USA, 2015
  • Ranked 18/>1000 in the national university entrance exam of PhD, Iran, 2012
  • Dean’s award, for being 1st Ranked Student during master studies, The University of Tehran (1st ranked university in Iran), Iran, 2012
  • Dean’s award, for being 1st Ranked Student during bachelor studies, The University of Tehran, Iran, 2010
  • Ranked 1/9 in Master's degree, Top Student, GPA 19.11/20.0 (4.0/4.0), The University of Tehran, Iran, 2012 
  • Ranked 1/50 in Bachelor's degree, Top Student, GPA 18.67/20.0 (4.0/4.0), The University of Tehran, Iran, 2010

Dr. Karimi's areas of research are:

  • Design and development of smart and novel biomaterials and delivery platforms to enhance vascularization and tissue regeneration for applications in 1) chronic wound healing, 2) tissue engineering, and 3) cardiovascular disease
  • Design and development of novel tissue bioadhesive materials