Researcher

Dr Dorna Esrafilzadeh

Biography

 

Dr Dorna Esrafilzadeh is a Scientia Lecturer in the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at University of New South Wales (Sydney). She received her PhD from the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) at the University of Wollongong, conducting research on fabrication of electroactive 3D structures for biomedical application under the supervision of ARC Laureate Fellow and the director of the Australian Research Council Centre of...view more

 

Dr Dorna Esrafilzadeh is a Scientia Lecturer in the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at University of New South Wales (Sydney). She received her PhD from the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) at the University of Wollongong, conducting research on fabrication of electroactive 3D structures for biomedical application under the supervision of ARC Laureate Fellow and the director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES), Prof. Gordon G. Wallace in 2014. Following her PhD completion, she has received a two-year post-doctoral position at Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) and ACES, where she was working with clinicians and neuroscientists to develop novel flexible electrodes for electrotherapy.

Her group has been working on multidisciplinary research projects that combine the knowledge and skills across material chemistry, nanotechnology and additive fabrication technologies for biomedical engineering and capture or conversion systems. Dr Esrafilzadeh is the recipient of several grants, awards and fellowships including UNSW Scientia Fellowship.


My Grants

 

  • NHMRC Ideas Grant, APP2002282, Co-CI, "Re-engineering the future of electrophysiological measurements and brain-machine interfaces using a novel multi-optrode array", 2021-2024, $731,557
  • Chevron Corporation Industry Grant, Co-CI, "Carbon dioxide conversion using liquid metals", 2020-2021, $100,000
  • ARC Linkage Grant, LP190101139, Co-CI, "Understanding platinum dissolution in biomedical stimulating electrodes", 2019-2022, $704,384
  • Minor Research Equipment Grant (MREG) at Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering (GSBmE), Lead CI, Faculty of Engineering, UNSW, 2019, $17,000 
  • Academic Start-up Funding (ASUF), Sole CI, Faculty of Engineering, UNSW, 2019-2022, $98,000
  • Scientia Development and Collaboration Support Fund, Sole CI, UNSW, 2019-2023, $120,000 
  • CASS-Foundation Medicine/Science Grant, Co-CI, "Investigating the impact and removal of biofilm for infection control", 2018, $50,000
  • Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowship Fund, Sole CI, RMIT University, 2017-2020, $30,000
  • The Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) for Gold Grant, Lead CI, University of Wollongong, 2015, $10,000

My Qualifications

 

  • 2010-2014, PhD in Materials Engineering, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI), ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES), The University of Wollongong, Australia

My Awards

 

  • Faculty of Engineering Staff Research Excellence Award, UNSW, 2020
  • Promoting High-Quality Research Papers Scheme (PHQRP) award for Nature Electronics paper, UNSW DVCR, 2020, $1,500
  • Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN) travel award, 2020, $500
  • Promoting High-Quality Research Papers Scheme (PHQRP) award for an article at Nature Communication, UNSW DVCR, 2019, $1,500
  • Monash Engineering Future Women Leaders award, UNSW, 2019 
  • Scientia Fellowship, University of New of South Wales, 2019-2023
  • Vice-Chancellor's Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, RMIT University, 2017-2020
  • Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE) travel award, 2012
  • Faculty of Science travel award, University of Wollongong, 2012

My Research Activities

 

  • Design and synthesis of stimuli-responsive materials
  • Biomaterials, tissue engineering, bionic devices
  • Nanomaterials
  • Flexible electrodes
  • Capture and conversion processes in renewable energy systems
  • Nanomaterials
  • Smart textiles
  • Additive fabrication technologies (e.g., 3D printing, electrospinning, and wet spinning etc.)

My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

 

  There are PhD scholarships available for outstanding applicants to study one of the following topics:

  • Design and synthesis of stimuli-responsive materials
  • Biomaterials, tissue engineering, bionic devices
  • Nanomaterials
  • Flexible electrodes
  • Capture and conversion processes in renewable energy systems
  • Nanomaterials
  • Smart textiles
  • Additive fabrication technologies (e.g., 3D printing, electrospinning, and wet spinning etc.)

  Interested PhD applicants should provide the following documents when contacting me:

  • CV
  • Transcripts (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • English test result for international applicants

 

  Postgraduate Scholarship Opportunities

  Research Assistant positions are available at specific time. 

  To prospective PhD and current undergraduate students, please contact d.esrafilzadeh@unsw.edu.au for more info.

 


Currently supervising

 

  • Chengchen Zhang, PhD candidate, joint supervisor, (2019-present)
  • Junma Tang, PhD candidate, joint supervisor, (2019-present)
  • Ryan Grant, Master by Research candidate, senior supervisor, (2018-present) (administered by RMIT University)
  • Dr Dharshika Kongahage, Research Officer, (2020)
  • Xuguo Wang, Undergraduate research student, (2020-present) 

My Teaching

 

 Dr. Esrafilzadeh has contributed to the teaching at UNSW and RMIT University for the following courses:

 

  • Engineering in Medicine and Biology (BIOM1010), Course Coordinator & Lecturer
  • Semiconductor Device Fabrication (EEET2155), Co-Lecturer 
  • Semiconductor Device Fabrication (EEET2045), Co-Lecturer
  • Micro Nano Engineering Fundamentals (EEET2428), Co-Lecturer
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Location

R.1005, Lvl.1, Biological Sciences Building (E26), UNSW SYDNEY, NSW 2052

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