Lab Tolou1Dr. Shokuhfar received her PhD in Dec 2010 from the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University.  In January 2012, she joined Michigan Tech as a tenure-track assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering Department, adjunct assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering Department, faculty member of MTU Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program, and visiting assistant professor of department of physics -University of Illinois at Chicago . Her 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 received the 2014 NSF CAREER Award to Investigate Biomineralization in Ferritin proteins. (for more information see link: https://grantome.com/grant/NSF/DMR-1350734)
She is also the recipient “Young Scientist Award” from DSL 2014 international conference. She has graduated 1 PhD student, currently advising one 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.
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.
Media interview on the application of her research can be found:
Press release on the work can also be found in the following links: