Tolou Shokuhfar

Tolou Shokuhfar


Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University


Dr. Tolou Shokuhfar is the director of In-Situ Nanomedicine Laboratory, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University,  Adjunct Assistant Professor of  College of Dentistry and Physics at University of Illinois at Chicago . Her research experience lies at the interface of biomaterials and nano-biotechnology. She is particularly interested in nanostructured bone/dental implants with enhanced biocompatibility, antimicrobial benefits, and drug delivery as well as real time Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy of biomolecules and living cells in hydrated conditions with unprecedented resolution. She also investigates bio/nano interface interactions in protein nanocages for biomimetic synthesis of sustainable nanoparticles and smart bio-nanomaterials with widespread applications in regenerative medicine, diagnostics, and therapeutics. 

Research Interests

  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomedicine
  • Orthopedic implants

Recent Publications

  • T. Shokuhfar, M. Kolati, T. Moser, C. Skotjo, C. Friedrich, Survivability of TiO2 Nanotubes on the Surface of Nano-Modified Bone Screws, For submittion to JOMI, (2012).
  • T. Shokuhfar, S.S. Ray, C. Skotjo, A. L. Yarin, Anti-inflammatory Drug Loaded TiO2 Nanotubes, submitted to Acta Biomateriala, (July, 2012).
  • Craig Friedrich, Reza Shahbazian Yassar, Tolou Shokuhfar, A. Asthana, Q. Gao, P.A. Heiden, "Deformation-Driven Electrical Transport in Amorphous TiO2 Nanotubes," Applied Physics A, Vol. 109, No. 1, pp.127-132, 2012-00-00
  • T. Shokuhfar, J.Y. Chang, C.K. Choi, C. Skotjo, C. Friedrich, Biophysical Evaluation of Osteoblasts on TiO2 Nanotubes, Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine (Dec 2011), Under revision.
  • T. Shokuhfar, J.Y. Chang, C.K. Choi, C. Friedrich, Biophysical Evaluation of Osteoblasts on TiO2 Nanotubes, submitted to Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine (Dec 2011), Under Revision.
  • D.H. Shin, T. Shokuhfar, C.K. Choi, S.H. Lee, C. Friedrich, Wettability changes of TiO2 nanotube surfaces, Nanotechnology, 22 (2011) 315704 -11.
  • T. Shokuhfar, Q. Gao, A. Asthana, P. Heiden, C. Friedrich, Structural Instabilities in TiO2 Nanotubes, Journal of Applied Physics, 108 (2010), 1043101-5.
  • Asthana, T. Shokuhfar, Q. Gao, P.A. Heiden, C. Friedrich, R.S. Yassar, A Real Time Observation of Phase Transition of Anatase TiO2 Nanotubes into Rutile Particles by In Situ Joule Heating Inside Transmission Electron Microscope, Advanced Science Letters, 3 (2010), 557-562.

Recent Research Projects

CAREER: A New Perspective on Biomineralization in Healthy and Disfunctional Ferritins

Principal Investigator: Tolou Shokuhfar
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics