Emerging Investigator Series – Khoon S. Lim

Associate Professor Khoon Lim is currently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and the Director of the Light Activated Biomaterials research group at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has generated 86 high impact journal publications (Chemical Reviews, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials), and raised a total of >$7.8 Million research grant funding with $5.4 Million as lead Chief-Investigator. He is currently the President of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Board of Directors of the International Society for Biofabrication, and Executive Board Member of the Medical Technologies Translator Programme (New Zealand). He has won >20 competitive national/international awards and included in the World’s Top 2% Scientist List by Stanford University for 2022 and 2023. His research has also led to commercialisation of biomaterials licensed to a US-based company and commercial contracts with industry partners. He currently sits on the editorial board of Biomaterials Science, Tissue Engineering, Biofabrication, International Journal of Bioprinting, Macromolecular Bioscience, Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express and Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine.

Read Khoon’s Emerging Investigator article Pristine gelatin incorporation as a strategy to enhance the biofunctionality of poly(vinyl alcohol)-based hydrogels for tissue engineering applications, DOI D3BM01172K.


Check our our interview with Khoon below:


How do you feel about Biomaterials Science as a place to publish research on this topic?

Great journal with an awesome reach and publicity, perfect fit for my research.

What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?

I’m really excited in developing in vitro models that can replace animal models for our field. The challenging aspect is of course trying to proof that the in vitro models are as good or better than the animal models, but there is a huge potential in this space.

I’m also super excited to see the realization of lab-grown organs, eventually translated into patients!  

In your opinion, what are the most important questions to be asked/answered in this field of research?

Laboratory-grown organs – are we there yet?

How do we ensure equitable access to lab-grown organ.

Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?

Don’t be afraid to share and collaborate, my greatest joy comes from working with brilliant scientists worldwide, especially when we join forces to explore specific research questions.  


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