Dr. Tolou Shokuhfar, Director of In-Situ Nanomedicine Laboratory, research focuses on (1) in-situ liquid electron microscopy of biomolecules and biomaterials and their biochemical activities in wet/hydrated environment; (2) nanotextured surfaces for biomedical materials such as dental and bone materials. She has received the prestigious 2014 NSF CAREER Award, to Investigate Biomineralization in Healthy and Dysfunctional Ferritin proteins. (for more information see link: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1350734&HistoricalAwards=false)
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Dr. Shokuhfar has received the 2014 “Young Scientist Award” at the DSL International Conference for her work on “Multifunctional Nanostructures for Medical Implants”. She has graduated 1 PhD student, currently advising 1 research scholar, 5 PhD students, and 3 undergraduate students. She is also actively involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and as part of the teaching, training and outreach activities, she will be giving special attention in recruiting and mentoring female and underrepresented students to work in her research lab. As a result of her activities to promote diversity in her lab and attract female students to pursue careers in STEM fields she has received the national recognition of INSIGHT Diversity 2015 Award for Inspiring Women in STEM.
Along with her colleagues at UIC BioE, College of Dentistry, and Rush University Medical Center, she has co-founded the Institute for Biomaterials, Tribocorrosion, and Nanomedicine (IBTN) that enable collaboration between MTU, UIC, Rush, and UNESP in Brazil.
She has 2 patent applications and 46 archival publications including 2 book chapters. She has been quite active in the professional community. She has been ad hoc reviewer for more than 10 journals, presented 21 national and international invited talks, and 43 conference presentations. She is the Organizer of “Advanced Materials in Dental and Orthopedic Applications” Symposium at the TMS conference, and Symposium Organizer for “Biomedical Implants and Devices” at DSL 2015 International Conference. She currently holds 3 officer positions as Program Chair for Orthopedic Biomaterials, and Treasurer for Nanomaterials at the Society for Biomaterials (SFB), and Treasurer at the TMS Biomaterials Committee. She is also an active member of Orthopedic Research Society (ORS) and member at the Biomedical Engineering Society.
Her 3D bioprinting research featured as the top story on May 12th on Science 360, a science news website published daily by the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Shokuhfar was mentioned in an article in Microfabricator about her research on 3D printing of nerve cells. The research was also mentioned in an article about graphene published in the Economist, the Daily Mining Gazette and the MicroFabricator.
Media interview on the application of her research can be found:
Press release on the work can also be found in the following links: