Stanford University, USA
Dr. Mehdi Razavi (1985) is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Radiology. Dr. Razavi runs his research efforts at Stanford focusing on pancreatic regeneration and islet cell transplantation for diabetes. His research aims to identify the factors that are responsible for islet survival as well as promotion of vascularisation. His research explores the use of biomaterials and bioscaffolding technology such as the graphene-based, polymer-based and cryogel-basd bioscaffolds, as a novel strategy to improve islet transplantation for treatment of Type 1 diabetes. The ability to coat the bioscaffold surface with vascular endothelial growth factors, and drugs like dexamethasone, will enable the creation of a well-defined microenvironment for islet transplantation which can be translated to the clinical setting.
Prior to his current appointment, Dr Razavi was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biomaterials with the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) in Institute of Materials and Manufacturing, and Brunel Institute for Bioengineering (BIB) at Brunel University, London. He was also a Research Scholar in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering with the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center (HRC), at Oklahoma State University. He holds a PhD in Biomaterials from Isfahan University of Technology and Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in August 2014, MS in Materials Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology in February 2011 and BS in Materials Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology in September 2008.
As one of his research honors, the Graduate Committee at Isfahan University of Technology distinguished Dr. Razavi as the author of Best PhD Thesis in 2011-2014. In April 2016, he had a honor of an appointment from Stanford University for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program, in May 2015, he was awarded NewBioGen Research Fellow at Brunel University London selected among 27 candidates for a European Commission Research Project (EC PF7) and in July 2013 he had a honor of funding from Oklahoma State University for a Research Scholarship program. He is a member of Society For Biomaterials (SFB), Tissue Engineering SIG, UK Society for Biomaterials (UKSB) and an adjunct faculty member in Dental Materials Research Centre at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences.
His current multi-disciplinary research program is in the full spectrum of the materials which interact therapeutically with the body. The research crosses the boundaries of several traditional and contemporary disciplines including biomaterials science, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery representing a special conjunction of advances in materials innovation for treatment of diseases such as bone fractures, diabetes, and cancer. Dr. Razavi is an accomplished researcher in 3D bioscaffolds design, stem cells therapy, nanotechnology, cell and molecular biology, in vivo animal models, surface engineering and biointerfaces, corrosion science, and physical metallurgy. He is passionate about translating his academic research to clinic. His interdisciplinary research has been recognized by Global Medical Discovery and Advances in Engineering as Key Scientific Article contributing to excellence in biomedical research, engineering, scientific and industrial research. His achievements have also been featured in Atlas of Science, Docphin and Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council. He has experience in teaching the Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering in US and Advanced Materials, Mechanical Properties Lab, Research Methodology in Medicine, and Radiology and Medical Imaging in Iran. He has also experience in preparation of the grant application and progressive reports for Stanford Child Health Research Institute (SCHRI) Grant and Postdoctoral Support Program, Falk Medical Research Trust Programe, The Leverhulme Trust - Early Career Fellowships, National Science Foundation (NSF), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowships. He serves as the chief editor, a member of editorial boards, consultant, and reviewer for numerous internationally recognized journals, books and international funding agencies.