(B.Sc. Mater Sci, M.Sc. Biomat Sci, Ph.D. Biomed Eng),
I was awarded my Ph.D. degree in 2014 (in Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering) from University of Sydney. My research group is investigating cell-biomaterial based strategies for musculoskeletal tissue regeneration and their application in the clinical translation of orthopaedic medical devices. This research technology platform involves 3D Biofabrication and additive manufacturing of biomaterials and medical devices applied to regenerative medicine of bone and development of novel nanocarriers and bone grafts to promote bone healing or treat bone diseases. Throughout my career, I have developed several novel biomaterials for the treatment of large bone defects, osteochondral defect regeneration and for stabilisation of metallic implants. I was fortunate as an early career researcher and the main inventor, to translate an innovative bioengineering technology from the laboratory bench through to successful commercialisation of a tissue engineering product. This product, a novel synthetic bone graft, Sr-HT-Gahnite, has been exclusively licenced globally by an Australian orthopaedic medical device company, Allegra Orthopaedics. Allegra was awarded $1.6M from the NSW Government Medical Devices Fund in 2015 to bring this technology to market. My achievements have been recognised through receiving of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship for funding in 2016–2019. In 2017, I moved to University of New South Wales, School of Chemistry as a research fellow to work closely with Scientia Professor Justin Gooding and establish a Biomaterials Design and Tissue Engineering lab.
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2018 Fresh Science Recipient NSW.
2018 Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society Travel Award.
2017 Excellent Research Contribution Award and Travel Award, 6th Int`l Conference on Tissue Engineering/3rd Int`l Conference on Regenerative Biomedical Materials, Crete, Greece.
2016 NH&MRC Peter Doherty Biomedical Early Career Research Fellowship.
2016 Dean’s Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Sydney.
2016 Selected as TERMIS-AP SYIS advisory committee member in Taiwan out of international applicants.
2015 Selected Tissue Engineering Young Investigator Council, Tissue Engineering Journal, USA (over 450 world-wide applicants).
2014 Outstanding Young Investigator Award in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, South Korea.
2014 Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society Travel Award.
2014 Outstanding Reviewer of the Journal of Materials Science and Engineering Materials for Biological applications.
2012 Research Excellence 1st Award for outstanding PhD research achievement, University of Sydney.
2012 Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society Travel Award.
2012 Runner Up for Excellence in Innovation Award at Research Conversazione, University of Sydney.
2011 Best Postgraduate Poster Presentation Award in the field of Biomedical Engineering, University of Sydney.
2011 Runner Up for outstanding graduate student, WFRIM young investigator award, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine-North America, Texas, USA.
2011 Sydnovate 1st Award for Excellence in Innovation at Research Conversazione, University of Sydney.
2011 Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society Travel Award.
2011 Finalist of Engineering Award Australia.
2010 Sydnovate 1st Award for Excellence in Innovation at Research Conversazione, University of Sydney.
2010 Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society Travel Award.
2010 Best Postgraduate Poster Presentation Award in the field of Biomedical Engineering, University of Sydney.
2010 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Postgraduate Research Scholarship, University of Sydney.
2006 Received an award (1,500 US$) as a fulfilment grant for master’s degree Project and research and innovation in the field of nanotechnology from Iranian Nanotechnology Initiative.
2001 Talented Bachelor Student, Isfahan University of Technology.
2018-2020 Roohani-Esfahani (CIA), A Targeted Drug Delivery System for Treatment of Bone Metastasis. NHMRC project grant; AUD $243,607.00, Australia.
2018-2020 Roohani-Esfahani (CID), Optimising bone regeneration using advanced design and fabrication technologies. NHMRC project grant; AUD $916,671.00, Australia.
2019-2020 DAAD German Academic Exchange Service; Gooding (AU), Roohani-Esfahani (AU), Balmayor (DE); Spatiotemporal Delivery of Chemically modified RNA with a Novel 3D Printed Ceramic Scaffold to Treat Large Bone Defects.
2016-2020 Roohani-Esfahani (CIA), Optimising microstructure of 3D printed biomaterials provides an appropriate microenvironment for reconstruction of segmental bone defects; NHMRC /Early Career Fellowship. AUD 314,644.00
2014-2016 Roohani-Esfahani SI (CI), Han L (AI), Steck R (AI) and Zreiqat H (AI). Architecturally-controlled synthetic bone substitutes for bone regeneration under load. AO Foundation Start up Grant; AUD $95,000, Davos, Switzerland.
2015-2016 H Zreiqat (CI), Roohani-Esfahani. The Cellular-Scaffold Interface unravelled: Advanced Multiphoton-Imaging to optimize Bone Tissue Engineering printed Ceramics, Group of Eight/Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme.
2014-2016 K Spiller, Roohani-Esfahani SI, H Zreiqat (CI). Research planning and proof-of-concept study of macrophage-scaffold interactions. US National Science Foundation, CNIC Scheme; USD $70,000.
2014-2015 Roohani-Esfahani SI. Early Career Researcher Development Scheme, University of Sydney; AUD $44,000.