List of publications
Scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals
  1. Nature Biotechnology (2022), Rafat, M., et al. Bioengineered corneal tissue for minimally invasive vision restoration in advanced keratoconus in two clinical cohorts. Impact Factor: 68.164

  1. Nature Biotechnology (2022), N Lagali, M Rafat, Accessible bioengineered corneal tissue to address a blinding disease globally..

  1. Nature Scientific Reports (2020), Xeroudaki M. et al. 10 (1), 1-18, October 2020 A porous collagen-based

hydrogel and implantation method for corneal stromal regeneration and sustained local drug delivery.

  1. Cornea (2020), Khodaparast et al. Sutureless Femtosecond Laser–Assisted Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty

Using a Bioengineered Cornea As a Viable Alternative to Human Donor Transplantation for

Superficial Corneal Opacities.: June 16, 2020

  1. Cell Transplantation(2020), Spinozzi D. et al. In Vitro Evaluation and Transplantation of Human Corneal Endothelial Cells Cultured on Biocompatible Carriers, 29(4):096368972092357, January 2020.

  1. Current Eye Research (2019), Spinozzi D. et al. Evaluation of the Suitability of Biocompatible Carriers as Artificial Transplants Using Cultured Porcine Corneal Endothelial Cells, Current Eye Research, 44 (3),

243-2492, 2019.

  1. Biology Open (2018), Ali Z. et al. Adjustable delivery of pro-angiogenic FGF-2 by collagen-alginate microspheres.Biology open, bio. 027060, 2018/1/1.
  1. Macromolecular Bioscience (2016), Sherrell, P.C. et al. Rational Design of a Conductive Collagen Heart Patch, Macromolecular Bioscience, 21 March 2017, DOI: 10.1002/mabi.201600446.

  1. Biomaterials (2016), Rafat M. et al. Composite core-and-skirt collagen hydrogels with Differential degradation for corneal therapeutic applications”, Biomaterials, 83: 142-155,2016.

  1. Experimental Eye Research(2016), Mikhailova A. et al. Human pluripotent stem cell-derived limbal

epithelial stem cells on bioengineered collagen matrices for ocular surface reconstruction.

Experimental Eye Research, 146: 26-34, 2016.

  1. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules (2015), Shakeri R. et al. Role of the salt bridge between glutamate 546 and arginine 907 in preservation of autoinhibited form of Apaf-1, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules (2015).
  1. Tissue Engineering Part A (2015), Koulikovska M. et al. Enhanced Regeneration of Corneal Tissue via a Bioengineered Collagen Construct Tissue Engineering Part A, Volume 21, Numbers 5 and 6, 2015, 2015.

  1. Acta Biomaterialia (2013) Rafat M. et al. Chitosan Microparticles for Delivery of Proteins to the Retina, Acta Biomaterialia 9, (2013). 7855–7864.
  1. Biomaterials (2010) Rafat, al. PEG-PLA microparticles for encapsulation and delivery of Tat-EGFP to retinal cells, Biomaterials 31: 3414–3421, IF=8.557.
  1. J. Biomed. Mater. Res.-Part A (2009) Rafat, M. et al. Surface modification of collagen-based artificial cornea for reduced endothelialization. J. Biomed. Mater. Res.-Part A 88: 755-768.

  1. Biomaterials (2008), Rafat et al. EG-stabilized carbodiimide crosslinked collagen-chitosan hydrogels for corneal tissue engineering, Biomaterials 2008 Oct;29(29):3960-72. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2008.06.017. Epub 2008 Jul 21.
  2. J. Appl. Polymer Sci (2007), Rafat, M. et al. (2007). Surface Modification and characterization of Artificial Cornea for Enhanced Epithelialization. J. Appl. Polymer Sci. 106: 2056–2064.

  1. J.Appl. Polymer Sci (2007), Khulbe, K. C. et al. (2007). Characterization of Surface Modified Hollow Fiber Polyethersulfone Membranes Prepared at Different Air Gaps. J.Appl. Polymer Sci. 104: 710–721.
  1. J. Appl. Polymer Sci. (2006), Rafat M. et al (2006). Surface Characterization of Hollow Fibre Membranes Used in Artificial Kidney. J. Appl. Polymer Sci. 101: 4386-4400.

  1.  Oncotarget (2016), Cieslar-Pobuda A. et al. Human induced pluripotent stem cell differentiation and direct

transdifferentiation into corneal epithelial-like cells. Oncotarget 06/2016; 7(27).

  1. Sensors and Actuators B Chemical (2016), Sherrell, P.C. et al. Cardiac and Stem Cell-Cocooned Hybrid Microspheres: A Multi Factorial Design Approach. Sensors and Actuators B Chemical 06/2016; DOI:10.1016/j.snb.2016.06.002.
  1. Advanced Healthcare Materials (2016), Gelmi, A. et al. Direct Mechanical Stimulation of Stem Cells: A Beating Electromechanically Active Scaffold for Cardiac Tissue Engineering. Advanced Healthcare Materials,

04/2016; DOI:10.1002 /adhm.201600307.

  1. RSC Advances (2016), Puckert, C. et al. Optimisation of conductive polymer biomaterials for cardiac progenitor cells. RSC Advances 01/2016; 6(67). DOI:10.1039/C6RA11682E.

  1. Acta Biomaterialia (2015), Islam M. et al. Functional Fabrication of Recombinant Human Collagen-Phosphorylcholine Hydrogels for Regenerative Medicine Applications, Acta Biomaterialia, Volume 12, 15 January 2015, Pages 70–80.
  1. Neoplasia (2014), Chaabane W. et al. Human-Gyrovirus-Apoptin Triggers Mitochondrial Death Pathway – Nur77 is required for apoptosis triggering: Human-Gyrovirus-apoptin action. NEO-D-14-00280R1,

Neoplasia, September 2014.

  1. Journal of Materials Chemistry B (2014), Gelmi A. et al. Influence of Conductive Polymer Doping on the Viability of Cardiac Progenitor Cells, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2014, 2 (24), 3860-3867, IF=4.726.

  1. Cytometry A. (2014), Cieslar-Pobuda A. et al. Differential fluorescence signal obtained by staining with various pentameric thiophene derivatives. Cytometry A. 2014 Feb 5.doi:10.1002/cyto.a.22437.

  1. Frontiers in Biosciences (2012), Deb, K. al, Nanotechnology in stem cells research: advances and applications. Frontiers in Biosciences, (2012 Jan 1); 17:1747-1760


Book chapters & Review Articles:

  1. Corneal Regeneration, Methods in Molecular Biology (2020), Neil Lagali, Mehrdad Rafat, Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Surgery for Implantation of Bioengineered Corneal Stroma to Promote Corneal Regeneration. Corneal Regeneration, Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 2145:197-214, DOI: 10.1007/978-1-0716-0599-8 14, June 2020.
  1. Stem Cells and Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine (2019), Sikora B. et al. Examples of Successful Biomaterial-Based Artificial Tissues-Artificial Cornea, in Stem Cells and Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine, 191-202,2019.

  1. International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology (2014), Wasik A.M. et al., Reprogramming and Carcinogenesis—Parallels and Distinctions. In Kwang W.Jeon, editor: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology, Vol. 308, Burlington:Academic Press, 2014, pp. 167-203. ISBN: 978-0-12-800097-7.

  1. Advanced Materials Letters (2013), Merrett K. et al., Advanced Materials Letters 2013, 4(3), 250-250.Collagen Type I: A Promising Scaffold Material for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, A chapter contribution to the edited collection(book) entitled: Type I Collagen: Biological Functions, Synthesis and Medicinal July 2012.
  1. Ocular Periphery and Disorders (2011), Rafat, al., Artificial Cornea, Ocular Periphery and Disorders, Elsevier, 06-Apr-2011, ISBN 978-0-12-382042-6.

  1. Encyclopedia of the Eye, Elsevier, (2010), Rafat, M. et al., Artificial Cornea, Ocular Surface, Encyclopedia of the Eye, Elsevier, (2010) Vol.1 A-C, Page 128-134.
  1. Stem Cells: Basics and Applications(2009), Hackett, al., Biomaterials for Enhancing Corneas and Spinal Cord Regeneration, Stem Cells: Basics and Applications, Eds. K.D. Deb, S.M. Totey, Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi, India, ISBN: 978-0-07-015271-1, 2009.


Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing (2005), Matsuura, T., and Rafat, M., Polymeric Membranes, Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing, Ed.K.B. Lee, Marcel Dekker, New York, NY, USA, 2005.

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