Dr Fouzia Bano

Research Fellow
School of Biomedical Sciences

Background: Fouzia obtained her PhD degree in Biophysics from the Scuola Internazionale Superiore de Studi Avanzati, SISSA (Italy, 2009) after completing a one year diploma program in condensed matter physics at the Abdus Salam International Center of Theoretical Physics (ICTP, Italy). During her work in the group of Prof. G. Scoles (Benjamin Franklin Awardee) and Dr. L. Casalis, she developed multiprotein nanoarrays based on the combination of atomic force microscopy (AFM), and DNA-directed immobilization (DDI) and applied them for the label free detection of biomolecular interactions. In 2010, she joined the group of Prof. Duwez at the University of Liege (Belgium) as a post-doctoral fellow, where she honed her expertise in the field of AFM single molecule force spectroscopy. For her second post-doctoral position, she joined the Richter group at CIC biomaGUNE in May 2013 and continue to working with Richter group at University of Leeds from October 2016. Her current work, which is part of the ERC Starting Grant project "JELLY", focuses on understanding the dynamics of glycosaminoglycan-proteins interactions under force down to single molecule level.

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Research Interests

Probing the dynamics of glycosaminoglycan-proteins interactions under force

  • Nanofabrication
  • Nano-bio-materials
  • Advanced biosensors abd binding assays
  • Experimental soft matter physics
  • Force spectroscopy of sugar-proteins interactions
  • AFM single molecule force spectroscopy, DNA-gold interactions
  • Cell adhesion and migration
  • Vascular and lymphatic systems
  • Inflammation

Bano F, Tammi MI, Kang DW, Harris EN, Richter RP Single-Molecule Unbinding Forces between the Polysaccharide Hyaluronan and Its Binding Proteins Biophysical Journal 114 2910-2922, 2018
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Azinas S, Bano F, Torca I, Bamford DH, Schwartz GA, Esnaola J, Oksanen HM, Richter RP, Abrescia NG Membrane-containing virus particles exhibit the mechanics of a composite material for genome protection Nanoscale 10 7769-7779, 2018
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Bano F, Banerji S, Howarth M, Jackson DG, Richter RP A single molecule assay to probe monovalent and multivalent bonds between hyaluronan and its key leukocyte receptor CD44 under force Scientific Reports 6, 2016
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Bano F, Carril M, Di Gianvincenzo P, Richter RP Interaction of Hyaluronan with Cationic Nanoparticles Langmuir 31 8411-8420, 2015
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Bano F, Sluysmans D, Wislez A, Duwez AS Unraveling the complexity of the interactions of DNA nucleotides with gold by single molecule force spectroscopy Nanoscale 7 19528-19533, 2015
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Heudt L, Debois D, Zimmerman TA, Köhler L, Bano F, Partouche F, Duwez AS, Gilbert B, De Pauw E Raman spectroscopy and laser desorption mass spectrometry for minimal destructive forensic analysis of black and color inkjet printed documents Forensic Science International 219 64-75, 2012
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Bosco A, Bano F, Parisse P, Casalis L, DeSimone A, Micheletti C Hybridization in nanostructured DNA monolayers probed by AFM: theory versus experiment. Nanoscale 4 1734-1741, 2012
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Herrero MA, Toma FM, Al-Jamal KT, Kostarelos K, Bianco A, Da Ros T, Bano F, Casalis L, Scoles G, Prato M Synthesis and characterization of a carbon nanotube-dendron series for efficient siRNA delivery (Journal of the American Chemical Society (2009) 131, (9843-9848)) Journal of the American Chemical Society 132 1731-, 2010

Herrero MA, Toma FM, Al-Jamal KT, Kostarelos K, Bianco A, Da Ros T, Bano F, Casalis L, Scoles G, Prato M Synthesis and characterization of a carbon nanotube-dendron series for efficient siRNA delivery Journal of the American Chemical Society 131 9843-9848, 2009
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Bano F, Fruk L, Sanavio B, Glettenberg M, Casalis L, Niemeyer CM, Scoles G Toward multiprotein nanoarrays using nanografting and DNA directed immobilization of proteins Nano Letters 9 2614-2618, 2009
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Mirmomtaz E, Castronovo M, Grunwald C, Bano F, Scaini D, Ensafi AA, Scoles G, Casalis L Quantitative study of the effect of coverage on the hybridization efficiency of surface-bound DNA nanostructures Nano Letters 8 4134-4139, 2008
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Castronovo M, Bano F, Raugei S, Scaini D, Dell'Angela M, Hudej R, Casalis L, Scoles G Mechanical stabilization effect of water on a membrane-like system Journal of the American Chemical Society 129 2636-2641, 2007
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