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Associate Professor Azam Ali

PositionAssociate Professor
DepartmentDepartment of Oral Rehabilitation
QualificationsBSC(Hons) MSc PhD (Polymer, Biomaterials Science and Engineering)
Research summaryBiomaterials, biofabrication, medical devices, tissue engineering and regeneration
Teaching
  • APPS 201: Materials: Properties and Applications
  • BIOE 401: Research Methods
  • BIOE 403: Bioengineering Design
  • BIOE 404: Medical Devices and Technology
  • BIOE 480/495: Research Projects
Memberships
  • Medtech CoRE
  • New Zealand Controlled Release Society (NZCRS)
  • Canterbury Medical Research Society (CMRS), New Zealand
  • International Association for Dental Research (IADR)
  • Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE)
ClinicalRegeneration of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ tissues including recent research activities: dental pulp, pulp-dentine, and tooth tissues regeneration

Research

Research into biomaterials involves the precise engineering of novel materials including molecularly engineered biomaterials (i.e. engineered therapeutics), fabrication of biomaterials into medical devices, and technology for biomedical applications (human and animal). In addition to having specific physical, mechanical, and biological properties, biomaterials must be biocompatible with healing and tissue regeneration abilities. The research, therefore, encompasses elements of medicine, material science and tissue engineering.

Innovative materials can drive the creation of new products (e.g. medical devices and technology) in many life-science sectors. This makes it a crucial pillar for engineered therapeutics. Thus, the biomaterials and bioengineering team have sound expertise and experiences in multifaceted applied and pure research and commercial sector partnership. Located within the Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine (Dunedin hub), Faculty of Dentistry, Division of Health Sciences, University of Otago, this research focuses on materials / biomaterials (including dental biomaterials), regenerative medicine, stem cells and their relationships with humans.

Research includes:

  • Skin and dermal tissue regeneration
  • Bone substitutes and bone ceramics
  • Dental biomaterials and bone grafts
  • Intervertebral Disc (IVD) replacement
  • Heart valve leaflet
  • Medical gels
  • Drug-eluting medical sutures
  • Neural tissue regeneration

Granted patents:

  • Wound care medical products containing wool keratin, US patent No. 7732574 and European patent No. EP1694370
  • Biocomposite biomaterials containing biopolymer wool keratin, US patent No. 7767756
  • Bone void fillers and methods of making the same, US Patent 8142807
  • Porous keratin construct and method of making the same, US Patent 8124735 and European patent: EP2099437 A2
  • Porous Keratin constructs, wound healing assembles and method using the same, US patent US/2008 0317826 A1
  • Nanocomposite negative photoresists for next-generation Lithography, US Patent No. 7049044 B2

Visit our website for more information:
Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine: Biomaterials

Additional details

Azam Ali's ResearchGate profile
Azam Ali's Google Scholar profile
Azam Ali's LinkedIn profile

Publications

Islam, M. T., Laing, R. M., Wilson, C. A., McConnell, M., & Ali, M. A. (2021). Fabrication and characterization of 3-dimensional electrospun poly(vinyl alcohol)/keratin/chitosan nanofibrous scaffold. Carbohydrate Polymers. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2021.118682

Giteru, S. G., Ali, A., & Oey, I. (2021). Recent progress in understanding fundamental interactions and applications of zein. Food Hydrocolloids. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2021.106948

Deng, X., Qasim, M., & Ali, A. (2021). Engineering and polymeric composition of drug-eluting suture: A review. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/jbm.a.37194

Ali, M. A., & Bhuiyan, M. H. (2021). Types of biomaterials useful in brain repair. Neurochemistry International, 105034. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.neuint.2021.105034

Tabassum, N., Ahmed, S., & Ali, M. A. (2021). Chitooligosaccharides and their structural-functional effect on hydrogels: A review. Carbohydrate Polymers. doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2021.117882

Barzegar-Fallah, A., Houlton, J., Barwick, D., Shavandi, A., Ali, M. A., Clarkson, A. N., & Alimoradi, H. (2021). From barriers to bridges: Glycans in naonparenteral nanomedicines. In P. Kesharwani, S. Taurin & K. Greish (Eds.), Theory and applications of nonparenteral nanomedicines. (pp. 467-487). London, UK: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-820466-5.00019-3

Chapter in Book - Research

Ali, M. A., & Shavandi, A. (2016). Medical textiles testing and quality assurance. In L. Wang (Ed.), Performance testing of textiles: Methods, technology and applications. (pp. 129-154). Duxford, UK: Woodhead. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100570-5.00007-4

Chapter in Book - Research

Ali, M. A., & Bhuiyan, M. H. (2021). Types of biomaterials useful in brain repair. Neurochemistry International, 105034. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.neuint.2021.105034

Journal - Research Article

Giteru, S. G., Ali, M. A., & Oey, I. (2021). Elucidating the pH influence on pulsed electric fields-induced self-assembly of chitosan-zein-poly(vinyl alcohol)-polyethylene glycol nanostructured composites. Journal of Colloid & Interface Science, 588, 531-546. doi: 10.1016/j.jcis.2020.12.075

Journal - Research Article

Islam, M. T., Laing, R. M., Wilson, C. A., McConnell, M., & Ali, M. A. (2021). Fabrication and characterization of 3-dimensional electrospun poly(vinyl alcohol)/keratin/chitosan nanofibrous scaffold. Carbohydrate Polymers. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2021.118682

Journal - Research Article

Rajabi, M., McConnell, M., Cabral, J., & Ali, A. (2021). Chitosan hydrogels in 3D printing for biomedical applications. Carbohydrate Polymers. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2021.117768

Journal - Research Article

Sali, S. S., Gould, M. L., Qasim, M., & Ali, M. A. (2021). Biodegradable methacrylated casein for cardiac tissue engineering applications. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 9, 1557-1567. doi: 10.1039/d0tb02496a

Journal - Research Article

Tabassum, N., Ahmed, S., & Ali, M. A. (2021). Chitooligosaccharides and their structural-functional effect on hydrogels: A review. Carbohydrate Polymers. doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2021.117882

Journal - Research Article

Yoshida, M., Turner, P. R., Ali, A., & Cabral, J. D. (2021). Three-dimensional melt-electrowritten polycaprolactone/chitosan scaffolds enhance mesenchymal stem cell behavior. ACS Applied Bio Materials. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1021/acsabm.0c01213

Journal - Research Article

Ali, A., & Gould, M. (2020). Untapped potentials of hazardous nanoarchitecural biopolymers. Journal of Hazardous Materials. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.124740

Journal - Research Article

Ali, A., Gould, M., & Lyons, K. (2020). Development of an organic-inorganic nanostructured hybrid dental biocomposite. Journal of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, 20(8), 5252-5259. doi: 10.1166/jnn.2020.18527

Journal - Research Article

Boni, R., Ali, A., Giteru, S. G., Shavandi, A., & Clarkson, A. N. (2020). Silk fibroin nanoscaffolds for neural tissue engineering. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, 31, 81. doi: 10.1007/s10856-020-06422-5

Journal - Research Article

Deng, X., Gould, M., & Ali, M. A. (2020). Fabrication and characterisation of melt-extruded chitosan/keratin/PCL/PEG drug-eluting sutures designed for wound healing. Materials Science & Engineering: C. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.msec.2020.111696

Journal - Research Article

Giteru, S. G., Ali, A., & Oey, I. (2020). Understanding the relationship between rheological characteristics of pulsed electric fields treated chitosan-zein-poly(vinyl alcohol)-polyethylene glycol composite dispersions and the structure-function of their resulting thin-films. Food Hydrocolloids. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2020.106452

Journal - Research Article

Giteru, S. G., Ali, M. A., & Oey, I. (2020). Optimisation of pulsed electric fields processing parameters for developing biodegradable films using zein, chitosan and poly(vinyl alcohol). Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies, 60, 102287. doi: 10.1016/j.ifset.2020.102287

Journal - Research Article

Giteru, S. G., Cridge, B., Oey, I., Ali, A., & Altermann, E. (2020). In-vitro degradation and toxicological assessment of pulsed electric fields crosslinked zein-chitosan-poly(vinyl alcohol) biopolymeric films. Food & Chemical Toxicology, 135, 111048. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2019.111048

Journal - Research Article

Nazmul Islam, G. M., Collie, S., Qasim, M., & Ali, M. A. (2020). Highly stretchable and flexible melt spun thermoplastic conductive yarns for smart textiles. Nanomaterials, 10, 2324. doi: 10.3390/nano10122324

Journal - Research Article

Paul, S., Ali, A., & Katare, R. (2020). Molecular complexities underlying the vascular complications of diabetes mellitus: A comprehensive review. Journal of Diabetes & Its Complications, 34, 107613. doi: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2020.107613

Journal - Research Article

Ryder, K., Ali, M. A., Billakanti, J., & Carne, A. (2020). Evaluation of dairy co-product containing composite solutions for the formation of bioplastic films. Journal of Polymers & the Environment, 28, 725-736. doi: 10.1007/s10924-019-01635-4

Journal - Research Article

Turner, P. R., Yoshida, M., Ali, A., & Cabral, J. D. (2020). Melt electrowitten sandwich scaffold technique using Sulforhodamine B to monitor stem cell behavior. Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1089/ten.TEC.2020.0240

Journal - Research Article

Giteru, S. G., Ali, M. A., & Oey, I. (2019). Solvent strength and biopolymer blending effects on physicochemical properties of zein-chitosan-polyvinyl alcohol composite films. Food Hydrocolloids, 87, 270-286. doi: 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2018.08.006

Journal - Research Article

Hewitt, E., Mros, S., McConnell, M., Cabral, J. D., & Ali, A. (2019). Melt-electrowriting with novel milk protein/PCL biomaterials for skin regeneration. Biomedical Materials, 14, 055013. doi: 10.1088/1748-605X/ab3344

Journal - Research Article

Shavandi, A., & Ali, M. A. (2019). Graft polymerization onto wool fibre for improved functionality. Progress in Organic Coatings, 130, 182-199. doi: 10.1016/j.porgcoat.2019.01.054

Journal - Research Article

Ryder, K., Ali, M. A., Billakanti, J., & Carne, A. (2018). Fundamental characterisation of caseins harvested by dissolved air flotation from dairy wastewater and comparison with skim milk powder. International Dairy Journal, 78, 112-121. doi: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2017.11.007

Journal - Research Article

Shavandi, A., & Ali, A. (2018). A new adhesive from waste wool protein hydrolysate. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 6(5), 6700-6706. doi: 10.1016/j.jece.2018.10.022

Journal - Research Article

Ajay Sharma, L., Love, R. M., Ali, M. A., Sharma, A., Macari, S., Avadhani, A., & Dias, G. J. (2017). Healing response of rat pulp treated with an injectable keratin hydrogel. Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials, 15(3), e244-e250. doi: 10.5301/jabfm.5000346

Journal - Research Article

Dias, G. J., Mahoney, P., Hung, N. A., Sharma, L. A., Kalita, P., Smith, R. A., … Ali, A. (2017). Osteoconduction in keratin-hydroxyapatite composite bone-graft substitutes. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B, 105(7), 2034-2044. doi: 10.1002/jbm.b.33735

Journal - Research Article

Giteru, S. G., Oey, I., Ali, M. A., Johnson, S. K., & Fang, Z. (2017). Effect of kafirin-based films incorporating citral and quercetin on storage of fresh chicken fillets. Food Control, 80, 37-44. doi: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2017.04.029

Journal - Research Article

Hashemi, A., de Decker, F., Orcheston-Findlay, L., Ali, M. A., Alkaisi, M. M., & Nock, V. (2017). Enhanced pattern resolution, swelling-behaviour and biocompatibility of bioimprinted casein microdevices. AIP Advances, 7, 115019. doi: 10.1063/1.4991783

Journal - Research Article

Ryder, K., Ali, M. A., Carne, A., & Billakanti, J. (2017). The potential use of dairy by-products for the production of non-food biomaterials. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science & Technology, 47(8), 621-642. doi: 10.1080/10643389.2017.1322875

Journal - Research Article

Ajay Sharma, L., Ali, M. A., Love, R. M., Wilson, M. J., & Dias, G. J. (2016). Novel keratin preparation supports growth and differentiation of odontoblast-like cells. International Endodontic Journal, 49(5), 471-482. doi: 10.1111/iej.12476

Journal - Research Article

Curline-Wandl, S. A., & Ali, M. A. (2016). Single channel myoelectric control of a 3D printed transradial prosthesis. Cogent Engineering, 3(1), 1245541. doi: 10.1080/23311916.2016.1245541

Journal - Research Article

Shavandi, A., Bekhit, A. E.-D. A., Sun, Z., & Ali, M. A. (2016). Bio-scaffolds produced from irradiated squid pen and crab chitosan with hydroxyapatite/β-tricalcium phosphate for bone-tissue engineering. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 93(Part B), 1446-1456. doi: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2016.04.046

Journal - Research Article

Shavandi, A., Bekhit, A. E.-D. A., Sun, Z., & Ali, M. A. (2016). Injectable gel from squid pen chitosan for bone tissue engineering applications. Journal of Sol-Gel Science & Technology, 77(3), 675-687. doi: 10.1007/s10971-015-3899-6

Journal - Research Article

Hashemi, A., Mutreja, I., Alkaisi, M. M., Nock, V., & Ali, M. A. (2015). Fabrication of free-standing casein devices with micro- and nanostructured regular and bioimprinted surface features. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B: Microelectronics & Nanometer Structures, 33(6), 06F901. doi: 10.1116/1.4931591

Journal - Research Article

Shavandi, A., Bekhit, A. A., Bekhit, A. E.-D. A., Sun, Z., & Ali, M. A. (2015). Preparation and characterisation of irradiated crab chitosan and New Zealand Arrow squid pen chitosan. Materials Chemistry & Physics, 167, 295-302. doi: 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2015.10.047

Journal - Research Article

Shavandi, A., Bekhit, A. E.-D. A., Ali, A., & Sun, Z. (2015). Synthesis of nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) from waste mussel shells using a rapid microwave method. Materials Chemistry & Physics, 149-150, 607-616. doi: 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2014.11.016

Journal - Research Article

Shavandi, A., Bekhit, A. E.-D. A., Ali, A., Sun, Z., & Ratnayake, J. T. (2015). Microwave-assisted synthesis of high purity β-tricalcium phosphate crystalline powder from the waste of Green mussel shells (Perna canaliculus). Powder Technology, 273, 33-39. doi: 10.1016/j.powtec.2014.12.029

Journal - Research Article

Shavandi, A., Bekhit, A. E.-D. A., Ali, M. A., & Sun, Z. (2015). Bio-mimetic composite scaffold from mussel shells, squid pen and crab chitosan for bone tissue engineering. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 80, 445-454. doi: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2015.07.012

Journal - Research Article

Shavandi, A., Bekhit, A. E.-D. A., Ali, M. A., Sun, Z., & Gould, M. (2015). Development and characterization of hydroxyapatite/β-TCP/chitosan composites for tissue engineering applications. Materials Science & Engineering: C, 56, 481-493. doi: 10.1016/j.msec.2015.07.004

Journal - Research Article

Shavandi, A., Bekhit, A. E.-D. A., Sun, Z., & Ali, A. (2015). A review of synthesis methods, properties and use of hydroxyapatite as a substitute of bone. Journal of Biomimetics, Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, 25, 98-117. doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/JBBBE.25.98

Journal - Research Article

Shavandi, A., Bekhit, A. E.-D. A., Sun, Z., Ali, A., & Gould, M. (2015). A novel squid pen chitosan/hydroxyapatite/β-tricalcium phosphate composite for bone tissue engineering. Materials Science & Engineering: C, 55, 373-383. doi: 10.1016/j.msec.2015.05.029

Journal - Research Article

Wan, Z.-Y., Song, F., Sun, Z., Chen, Y.-F., Zhang, W.-L., Samartzis, D., … Ali, M.-A., … Luo, Z.-J. (2014). Aberrantly expressed long noncoding RNAs in human intervertebral disc degeneration: A microarray related study. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 16, 465. doi: 10.1186/s13075-014-0465-5

Journal - Research Article

Ghosh, A., & Ali, M. A. (2012). Studies on physicochemical characteristics of chitosan derivatives with dicarboxylic acids. Journal of Materials Science, 47, 1196-1204. doi: 10.1007/s10853-011-5885-x

Journal - Research Article

Ghosh, A., Ali, M. A., Selvanesan, L., & Dias, G. J. (2010). Structure-function characteristics of the biomaterials based on milk-derived proteins. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 46, 404-411. doi: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2010.02.011

Journal - Research Article

Ghosh, A., Ali, M. A., & Dias, G. J. (2009). Effect of cross-linking on microstructure and physical performance of casein protein. Biomacromolecules, 10(7), 1681-1688. doi: 10.1021/bm801341x

Journal - Research Article

Deng, X., Qasim, M., & Ali, A. (2021). Engineering and polymeric composition of drug-eluting suture: A review. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/jbm.a.37194

Journal - Research Other

Giteru, S. G., Ali, A., & Oey, I. (2021). Recent progress in understanding fundamental interactions and applications of zein. Food Hydrocolloids. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2021.106948

Journal - Research Other

Ali, M. A., Rajabi, M., & Sali, S. S. (2020). Additive manufacturing potential for medical devices and technology. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 28, 127-133. doi: 10.1016/j.coche.2020.05.001

Journal - Research Other

Nazmul Islam, G. M., Ali, A., & Collie, S. (2020). Textile sensors for wearable applications: A comprehensive review. Cellulose, 27, 6103-6131. doi: 10.1007/s10570-020-03215-5

Journal - Research Other

Shavandi, A., & Ali, M. A. (2019). Keratin based thermoplastic biocomposites: A review. Reviews in Environmental Science & Biotechnology, 18(2), 299-316. doi: 10.1007/s11157-019-09497-x

Journal - Research Other

Boni, R., Ali, A., Shavandi, A., & Clarkson, A. N. (2018). Current and novel polymeric biomaterials for neural tissue engineering. Journal of Biomedical Science, 25, 90. doi: 10.1186/s12929-018-0491-8

Journal - Research Other

Giteru, S. G., Oey, I., & Ali, M. A. (2018). Feasibility of using pulsed electric fields to modify biomacromolecules: A review. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 72, 91-113. doi: 10.1016/j.tifs.2017.12.009

Journal - Research Other

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