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).
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).