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PhD student



Many epithelial tissues are exposed to tribological shear stress (blinking and swallowing of food) that require proper lubrication and wear protection. This is accomplished by several variants of mucus – a viscoelastic hydrogel that covers all wet epithelia in mammals. The key component of such mucus hydrogels are mucins, a class of high molecular weight glycoproteins that exhibit a highly complex molecular structure. My goal is to gain a thorough understanding of the extraordinary adhesion and lubrication properties of mucin using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)-based Single-molecule Force Spectroscopy (SMFS).


About me

  • Since 2021: PhD student in the Balzer/Hugel Lab

  • 2019-2020: Internship in Mechano(bio)chemistry research group, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

  • 2017-2020: Master of Science in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology, Polytechnic University of Milan

  • 2011-2016: Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering and Industrial Metallurgy, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad





F. Kermani, A. Gharavian, S. Mollazadeh, S. Kargozar, A. Youssefi, J. Vahdati Khaki
Silicon-doped calcium phosphates; the critical effect of synthesis routes on the biological performance

Materials Science and Engineering: C, 111, 110828, 0928 (2020).

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