Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2017
    Professor, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University

  • Since 2006
    Associate Member, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University

  • Since 2004
    Associate Member, Department of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University

  • 2011-2017 Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University

  • 2013 – 2014
    Visiting Researcher, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, University of British Columbia

  • 2004 – 2011
    Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University

  • 2001 – 2004
    Research Associate, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, Berkeley

  • 1999 – 2001
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

  • 1999
    Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, University of Chicago

  • 1995
    M.S. in Chemistry, University of Chicago

  • 1994
    B.Sc. (Honours), University of Toronto, Specialist: Chemical Physics; minor: Mathematics

Selected publications

  • Intact telopeptides enhance interactions between collagens. M. Shayegan*, T. Altindal*, E. Kiefl and N.R. Forde. Biophysical Journal 111, 2404 (2016)

  • Development and characterization of a eukaryotic expression system for human type II procollagen. A. Wieczorek, N. Rezaei, C.K. Chan, C. Xu, P. Panwar, D. Brömme, E.F. Merschrod S. and N.R. Forde. BMC Biotechnology 15, 112 (2015).

  • Motor properties from persistence: a linear molecular walker lacking spatial and temporal asymmetry. M.J. Zuckermann, C.N. Angstmann, R. Schmitt, G.A. Blab, E.H.C. Bromley, N.R. Forde, H. Linke and P.M.G. Curmi. New Journal of Physics 17, 055017 (2015)

  • Design and construction of the lawnmower, an artificial burnt-bridges motor. S. Kovacic, L. Samii, P.M.G. Curmi, H. Linke, M.J. Zuckermann and N.R. Forde. IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience 4, 1-8 (2015)

  • Probing Telopeptide-Induced Collagen-Collagen Interactions Using Optical-Tweezers-Based Microrheology. T. Altindal, M. Shayegan, E. Kiefl and N.R. Forde, in Optical Trapping Applications (Optical Society of America, Washington, DC, 2015), OtM3E.3

  • Fluidic Switching in Nanochannels for Control of Inchworm: A Synthetic Biomolecular Motor with a Power Stroke. C.S. Niman, M.J. Zuckermann, M. Balaz, J.O. Tegenfeldt, P.M.G. Curmi, N.R. Forde and H. Linke. Nanoscale 6, 15008-15019 (2014)

  • Construction and Characterization of Kilobasepair Densely Labeled Peptide-DNA. S. Kovacic, L. Samii, G. Lamour, H. Li, H. Linke, E.H.C. Bromley, D.N. Woolfson, P.M.G. Curmi and N.R. Forde. Biomacromolecules 15, 4065–4072 (2014)

  • Probing multiscale mechanics of collagen with optical tweezers. M. Shayegan, N. Rezaei, N.H. Lam, T. Altindal, A. Wieczorek and N.R. Forde. in Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation X, edited by K. Dholakia and G.C. Spalding, Proceedings of SPIE 8810 88101P (2013)

  • Microrheological Characterization of Collagen Systems: From Molecular Solutions to Fibrillar Gels. M. Shayegan and N.R. Forde. PLoS ONE 8, e70590 (2013)

  • Controlled microfluidic switching in arbitrary time-sequences with low drag. C.S. Niman, J.P. Beech, J.O. Tegenfeldt, P.M.G. Curmi, D.N. Woolfson, N.R. Forde and H. Linke. Lab on a Chip 13, 2389-2396 (2013)

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Physics Evaluation Group member, 2016 – 2019

  • Biophysical Journal, member of the Editorial Board, 2016 – 2018

  • Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) International Research Grant Review Committee member and reviewer, 2013 – 2016, vice-chair 2014 – 2015, chair 2015 – 2016

  • NSERC Cellular and Molecular Biology Scholarships & Fellowships Selection Committee (S&FSC 187) member and reviewer, 2009 – 2010

  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Trainee Competition committee member and reviewer, Junior Graduate Scholarships, 2006 – 2008

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Volunteer for social causes

    Volunteer field hockey coach


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