Dr. Tolou Shokuhfar is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Director of In-Situ Nanomedicine Laboratory (ISNL) at Michigan Technological University, Adjunct Assistant Professor of College of Dentistry, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research experience lies at the interface of nano-biotechnology and biomaterials. Particularly, she develops nanostructured bone/dental implants with enhanced osseointegration, antimicrobial, and drug delivery benefits. Her research interest is in atomic-resolution biological imaging, real-time Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy of biomolecules and living cells in hydrated conditions with unprecedented resolution. Her recent related research is focused on the investigation of bio/nano interactions specifically the protein-mediated biomineralization of iron oxide core of Ferritin protein as a potential signature of injury related disorders in brain. The ability to image the bio-chemical activity of proteins at atomic resolution provides a paradigm-changing approach to biological and medical imaging.
Dr. Tolou completed her PhD in mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University (fall 2010). In order to gain additional research experience at the interfaces of nanomaterials, nanoelectronics, and human disease biomarkers, she then was working as a post-doctoral fellow in the Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems, a new interdisciplinary center between Michigan Tech and Marshall University, developing minimally invasive nanosensor technology for early detection of human disease.
Prior entering to the PhD program at Michigan Tech, she spent a year and half as a principle scientist working on a joint project between University of Aveiro in Portugal, University of Louis Pasteur in France, Henri TudorResearch Center in Luxembourg, and Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The project was mainly focused on developing new bionanocomposite materials for orthopedic applications.
She is Symposium Organizer and Session Chair at following conferences:
Session Chair: Coatings for Bio-corrosion, Tribo-corrosion, and Bio-tribology at ICMCTF, April 29th to May 3rd 2013 at San Diego, CA, http://www2.avs.org/conferences/icmctf/pages/symposium_d.html