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Nancy Forde

Professor, Physics, Simon Fraser University

Research Focus
Research Interests
About Nancy

Current Research Interests

  • Mechanical properties of the extracellular matrix protein collagen at different hierarchies of scale (molecular, fibrillar; self-assembly mechanism)
  • Development of high-throughput single-molecule force spectroscopy measurements: centrifuge force microscopy
  • Development of optical trapping strategies to manipulate and characterize proteins and biomaterials
  • Mechanisms of novel molecular motors


Cottrell Scholar

Harper Dissertation Fellowship, University of Chicago

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Scholar

Michèle Auger Award for Exceptional Service to the Biophysical Society of Canada (BSC)

NSERC, 1967 Science and Engineering Scholarship

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Post-Doctoral Fellowship


University of California, Berkeley, 08/1999 - 07/2004


Chemistry, University of Chicago, 08/99


Chemistry, University of Chicago, 08/95


Chemical Physics, University of Toronto, 06/94

Interested in
  • Speaking
  • Professional Service (e.g. review panels)
  • Science Outreach
  • Consulting
  • DEI/STEM Community Engagement
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