Dr Fatemeh Karimi

Dr Fatemeh Karimi

Adjunct Associate Lecturer
  • 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
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Allison-Logan S; Karimi F; Nothling MD; Qiao GG, 2021, 'Star Polymers by RAFT Polymerization', in RAFT Polymerization: Methods, Synthesis and Applications: Volume 1 and 2, pp. 983 - 1015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9783527821358.ch21
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Karimi F; Farbehi N; Ziaee F; Lau K; Monfared M; Kordanovski M; Joukhdar H; Molly TG; Nordon R; Kilian KA; Stenzel MH; Lim KS; Rnjak-Kovacina J, 2024, 'Photocrosslinked Silk Fibroin Microgel Scaffolds for Biomedical Applications', Advanced Functional Materials, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202313354
    Journal articles | 2022
    Karimi F; Lau K; Kim HN; Och Z; Lim KS; Whitelock J; Lord M; Rnjak-Kovacina J, 2022, 'Surface Biofunctionalization of Silk Biomaterials Using Dityrosine Cross-Linking', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 14, pp. 31551 - 31566, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.2c03345
    Journal articles | 2021
    Karimi F; Thombare VJ; Hutton CA; O'Connor AJ; Qiao GG; Heath DE, 2021, 'Biomaterials functionalized with nanoclusters of integrin- and syndecan-binding ligands improve cell adhesion and mechanosensing under shear flow conditions', Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A, 109, pp. 313 - 325, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jbm.a.37024
    Journal articles | 2021
    Somszor K; Allison-Logan S; Karimi F; McKenzie T; Fu Q; O'Connor A; Qiao G; Heath D, 2021, 'Amphiphilic Core Cross-Linked Star Polymers for the Delivery of Hydrophilic Drugs from Hydrophobic Matrices', Biomacromolecules, 22, pp. 2554 - 2562, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.1c00296
    Journal articles | 2020
    Guo Y; Karimi F; Fu Q; G. Qiao G; Zhang H, 2020, 'Reduced administration frequency for the treatment of fungal keratitis: a sustained natamycin release from a micellar solution', Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery, 17, pp. 407 - 421, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17425247.2020.1719995
    Journal articles | 2020
    Rasines Mazo A; Allison-Logan S; Karimi F; Chan NJA; Qiu W; Duan W; O'Brien-Simpson NM; Qiao GG, 2020, 'Ring opening polymerization of α-amino acids: Advances in synthesis, architecture and applications of polypeptides and their hybrids', Chemical Society Reviews, 49, pp. 4737 - 4834, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9cs00738e
    Journal articles | 2020
    Somszor K; Bas O; Karimi F; Shabab T; Saidy NT; O'Connor AJ; Ellis AV; Hutmacher D; Heath DE, 2020, 'Personalized, Mechanically Strong, and Biodegradable Coronary Artery Stents via Melt Electrowriting', ACS Macro Letters, 9, pp. 1732 - 1739, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.0c00644
    Journal articles | 2019
    Allison-Logan S; Karimi F; Sun Y; McKenzie TG; Nothling MD; Bryant G; Qiao GG, 2019, 'Highly Living Stars via Core-First Photo-RAFT Polymerization: Exploitation for Ultra-High Molecular Weight Star Synthesis', ACS Macro Letters, 8, pp. 1291 - 1295, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.9b00643
    Journal articles | 2019
    McKenzie TG; Karimi F; Ashokkumar M; Qiao GG, 2019, 'Frontispiece: Ultrasound and Sonochemistry for Radical Polymerization: Sound Synthesis', Chemistry – A European Journal, 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201982162
    Journal articles | 2019
    McKenzie TG; Karimi F; Ashokkumar M; Qiao GG, 2019, 'Ultrasound and Sonochemistry for Radical Polymerization: Sound Synthesis', CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 25, pp. 5372 - 5388, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201803771
    Journal articles | 2018
    Karimi F; O'Connor AJ; Qiao GG; Heath DE, 2018, 'Integrin Clustering Matters: A Review of Biomaterials Functionalized with Multivalent Integrin-Binding Ligands to Improve Cell Adhesion, Migration, Differentiation, Angiogenesis, and Biomedical Device Integration', Advanced Healthcare Materials, 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adhm.201701324
    Journal articles | 2018
    Karimi F; O'Connor AJ; Qiao GG; Heath DE, 2018, 'Multivalent Ligands: Integrin Clustering Matters: A Review of Biomaterials Functionalized with Multivalent Integrin‐Binding Ligands to Improve Cell Adhesion, Migration, Differentiation, Angiogenesis, and Biomedical Device Integration (Adv. Healthcare Mater. 12/2018)', Advanced Healthcare Materials, 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adhm.201870048
    Journal articles | 2018
    Karimi F; Thombare VJ; Hutton CA; O'Connor AJ; Qiao GG; Heath DE, 2018, 'Beyond RGD; nanoclusters of syndecan- and integrin-binding ligands synergistically enhance cell/material interactions', BIOMATERIALS, 187, pp. 81 - 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2018.10.002
    Journal articles | 2017
    Karimi F; Collins J; Heath DE; Connal LA, 2017, 'Dynamic Covalent Hydrogels for Triggered Cell Capture and Release', BIOCONJUGATE CHEMISTRY, 28, pp. 2235 - 2240, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.7b00360
    Journal articles | 2017
    Karimi F; McKenzie TG; O'Connor AJ; Qiao GG; Heath DE, 2017, 'Nano-scale clustering of integrin-binding ligands regulates endothelial cell adhesion, migration, and endothelialization rate: novel materials for small diameter vascular graft applications', JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY B, 5, pp. 5942 - 5953, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7tb01298e
    Journal articles | 2017
    Ranji-Burachaloo H; Karimi F; Xie K; Fu Q; Gurr PA; Dunstan DE; Qiao GG, 2017, 'MOF-mediated destruction of cancer using the cell's own hydrogen peroxide', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9, pp. 33599 - 33608, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b07981
    Journal articles | 2016
    Shirbin SJ; Karimi F; Chan NJ-A; Heath DE; Qiao GG, 2016, 'Macroporous Hydrogels Composed Entirely of Synthetic Polypeptides: Biocompatible and Enzyme Biodegradable 3D Cellular Scaffolds', BIOMACROMOLECULES, 17, pp. 2981 - 2991, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.6b00817
    Journal articles | 2013
    Karimi F; Taheri Qazvini N; Namivandi-Zangeneh R, 2013, 'Fish gelatin/Laponite biohybrid elastic coacervates: A complexation kinetics-structure relationship study', International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 61, pp. 102 - 113, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2013.06.054
  • Conference Papers | 2022
    Rnjak-Kovacina J; Hien T; Karimi F; Joukhdar H; Cui X; Lim K, 2022, 'Biofabrication approaches enabled by covalent crosslinking of silk', in TISSUE ENGINEERING PART A, MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC, SOUTH KOREA, Jeju, pp. 206 - 206, presented at Tissue-Engineering-and-Regenerative-Medicine-International-Society-Asia-Pacific-Chapter Conference (TERMIS-AP), SOUTH KOREA, Jeju, 05 October 2022 - 08 October 2022, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000899413100193&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

  • 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