Farahnaz Fahimipour, Periodontology Class of 2022, was born and raised in the historic city of Yazd in the middle of Iran.
As her first outstanding achievement, she received the Khwarizmi Presidential National Award for young innovators when she was 17 years old. Through a combination of her love for treating patients and a passion for art, she chose to pursue dentistry.
She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (SBMU), Tehran. During her time at SBMU, she worked as a research fellow in the field of craniomaxillofacial tissue engineering and trained on developing tissue mimetic biomaterials for stem cell therapy and growth factor delivery.
Shortly after graduation, she joined the Dental Biomaterials PhD program at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2013. During her dental expedition, she has gradually shaped her career goals to become a periodontist-scientist in order to apply the skills she has honed at the benchtop and in the clinic to improve patient care and to enhance the education of future dental students.
To learn the cutting-edge of clinical and regenerative therapy research, she moved to the United States and worked as a research fellow at the Marquette University School of Dentistry and UNC Adams School of Dentistry.
She later joined the residency program in periodontology at UNC Adams School of Dentistry in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, exploring nature, and painting.