About Dr Ramin Rohanizadeh

Ramin's research focuses on biomaterials, tissue engineering, nano-formulation, and drug delivery devices, particularly: Hydroxyapatite (HA) coating on titanium implant as a carrier for delivery of Bone Morphogenetic Proteins (BMPs); Modulating protein adsorption onto the surface of calcium phosphate biomaterials; Preventing biofilm formation onto the surface of polymeric medical devices: topography modifications and embedding silver nanoparticles into the polymer; Improving bioavailability and anticancer properties of curcumin: curcumin nano-formulation; Developing laponite/alginate composite for tissue engineering and drug carrier.

Dr Ramin Rohanizadeh received his PhD degree in 1998 from the University of Nantes (France) in biomedical science: biomaterials and biomineralisation. He then joined Professor LeGeros' team at the College of Dentistry, New York University, where he developed calcium phosphate-based biomaterials for orthopaedic and dental applications. Dr Rohanizadeh commenced a postdoctoral fellowship in 2003 in Professor Mason's group at the Department of Physiology, University of Sydney, on bone tissue engineering. Following this, he worked until 2006 as a senior scientist at Avastra Ltd, a Sydney-based biotech research and development firm specialising in implantable and biodegradable protein-based devices. Since 2006, Dr Rohanizadeh has been an academic member of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney. He has published 65 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. His work has been cited more than1000 times and his h-index is 16 (ISI Web of knowledge). In the last 10 years, Dr Rohanizadeh has been awarded 13 grants as chief investigator, including five ARC Discovery and Linkage grants. The 13 grants total more than AU$1.6 million in research funding. He was also a partner investigator on the multinational ‘Biomaterials for osteoporosis prevention, therapy and bone repair’, NIH (R01EB003070) AU$2.45M.

Selected publications

1. Lee WH, Loo CY, Zavgorodniy AV, Rohanizadeh R. High protein adsorptive capacity of amino acid-functionalized hydroxyapatite. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2013 Mar; 101(3):873-83. PubMedID: 23008163.
2. Lee WH, Zavgorodniy AV, Loo CY, Rohanizadeh R. Synthesis and characterization of hydroxyapatite with different crystallinity: effects on protein adsorption and release. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2012 Jun; 100(6):1539-49. PubMedID: 22419559.
3. Loo CY, Young PM, Lee WH, Cavaliere R, Whitchurch CB, Rohanizadeh R. Superhydrophobic, nanotextured polyvinyl chloride films for delaying Pseudomonas aeruginosa attachment to intubation tubes and medical plastics. Acta Biomater. 2012 May; 8(5):1881-90. PubMedID: 22330278.
4. Lee WH, Loo CY, Van KL, Zavgorodniy AV, Rohanizadeh R. Modulating protein adsorption onto hydroxyapatite particles using different amino acid treatments. J R Soc Interface. 2012 May 7; 9(70):918-27. PubMedID: 21957116.
5. Zavgorodniy AV, Borrero-López O, Hoffman M, LeGeros RZ, Rohanizadeh R. Mechanical stability of two-step chemically deposited hydroxyapatite coating on Ti substrate: effects of various surface pretreatments. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2011 Oct; 99(1):58-69. PubMedID: 21714076.
6. Thai A, Xiao J, Ammit AJ, Rohanizadeh R. Development of inhalable formulations of anti-inflammatory drugs to potentially treat smoke inhalation injury in burn victims. Int J Pharm. 2010 Apr 15; 389(1-2):41-52. PubMedID: 20080165.
7. Rohanizadeh R, Swain MV, Mason RS. Gelatin sponges (Gelfoam) as a scaffold for osteoblasts. J Mater Sci Mater Med. 2008 Mar; 19(3):1173-82. PubMedID: 17701305.
8. Rohanizadeh R, LeGeros RZ, Harsono M, Bendavid A. Adherent apatite coating on titanium substrate using chemical deposition. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2005 Mar15; 72(4):428-38. PubMedID: 15666365.
9. Rohanizadeh R, Al-Sadeq M, Legeros RZ. Preparation of different forms of titanium oxide on titanium surface: effects on apatite deposition. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2004 Nov 1; 71(2):343-52. PubMedID: 15376266.
10. Mahoney EK, Rohanizadeh R, Ismail FS, Kilpatrick NM, Swain MV. Mechanical properties and microstructure of hypomineralised enamel of permanent teeth. Biomaterials. 2004 Sep; 25(20):5091-100. PubMedID: 15109872.