Professor Kiarash Khosrotehrani

Professorial Research Fellow

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
Faculty of Medicine

Affiliate Associate Professor

Institute for Molecular Bioscience
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Associate Professor Khosrotehrani is a clinical scientist interested in skin biology, regenerative medicine and skin cancer.

He was recently appointed at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) and the newly established Translational Research Institute in Brisbane, Australia. Dr Khosrotehrani obtained his MD from the Cochin-Port Royal School of Medicine at René Descartes University, Paris, France, specialized in Dermatology and a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

He is also a former graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Institut Pasteur of Paris (Université Paris VI, Pierre et Marie Curie) where he obtained a PhD in Physiology and Physiopathology. During his post-doctoral training at Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, USA, Dr. Khosrotehrani helped establish the contribution of pregnancy-associated stem cells to tissue repair by demonstrating their multipotent capacity with a specific potency towards the endothelial lineage. The originality of this work was recently acknowledged by the NHMRC through an achievement award (2011) and he is currently an NHMRC Career Development Fellow.

The main focus of his laboratory, the Experimental Dermatology Group, is on mesenchymal-epidermal interactions in stem cell maintenance and cancer. His research has broad applications in skin wound healing, regenerative medicine and cancer initiation and progression.

Research Interests

  • Tissue regeneration
    Endogenous response to injury. Vascular and Epithelial repair in response to ischemia or wounding. Hair follicle biology, cycling and regeneration.
  • Skin cancer
    Factors determining melanoma survival. Basal Cell carcinoma formation and progression Squamous cell carcinoma formation and UV irradiation


  • Doctor's Diploma (Specialist), University of Paris
  • Specialised Study Diploma (Dermatology& Venereolog, University of Paris
  • National Medical Doctor's Diploma


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Patel, Jatin and Khosrotehrani, Kiarash (2018). Fetal endothelial progenitors and mesenchymal stem cells from the human term placenta. In Anthony Atala, Kyle Cetrulo, Rouzbeh Taghizadeh, Curtis Cetrulo and Sean Murphy (Ed.), Perinatal stem cells (pp. Unknown-Unknown) Cambridge, MA United States: Academic Press.

  • Muerza-Cascante, M.L., Khosrotehrani, K., Haylock, D., Hutmacher, D. W. and Loessner, D. (2017). 5.11 Engineering the haematopoietic stem cell niche in vitro. In Comprehensive Biomaterials II 2nd ed. (pp. 187-199) Amsterdam: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/b978-0-12-803581-8.10129-8

  • Shafiee, Abbas and Khosrotehrani, Kiarash (2016). Perinatal tissue-derived endothelial progenitor cells. In Babak Arjmand (Ed.), Perinatal tissue-derived stem cells: alternative sources of fetal stem cells (pp. 65-80) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-46410-7_4

  • Seppanen, Elke, Fisk, Nicholas M and Khosrotehrani, Kiarash (2013). Pregnancy-acquired fetal progenitors as natural cell therapy. In Kyle J Cetrulo, Curtis L Cetrulo and Rouzbeh R Taghizadeh (Ed.), Perinatal stem cells 2nd ed. (pp. 221-234) Hoboken, NJ, United States: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. doi:10.1002/9781118497883.ch15

  • Leduc, Michele, Aractingi, Selim and Khosrotehrani, Kiarash (2009). Fetal cell microchimerism: a low-grade naturally occurring cell therapy. In Curtis L. Cetrulo, Kyle J. Cetrulo and Curtis L. Jr. Cetrulo (Ed.), Perinatal Stem Cells (pp. 203-208) Hoboken NJ: John Wiley.

  • Khosrotehrani, Kiarash (2009). Life threatening dermatoses during gestation. In Jean Revuz (Ed.), Life-threatening dermatoses and emergencies in dermatology (pp. 175-180) Berlin: Springer.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision