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Fouzia Bano


Staff Scientist 

Department of Clinical Microbiology 



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Fouzia’s current research focuses on elucidating the role of cell surface carbohydrates, also known as glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), in virus entry. Sulphated GAGs such as heparan sulphate are highly negatively charged oligosaccharides that play a critical role in modulating the kinetics (attachment/detachment) and diffusion behaviours of many viruses including human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and adenoviruses at the cell surface. Using a cell-surface mimic platform in combination with single-molecule techniques such as single particle tracking by total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) based single molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS), Fouzia is researching two major questions: (1) which factors regulate virus-GAG interactions and (2) what is the role of multivalency in virus-GAGs interactions?

Considering her passion for AFM imaging over the years of her research career, Fouzia was/is also involved in various projects to understand how biomolecules assemble on surfaces.  

Connective Tissue Research, Taylor & Francis Group 2022, Vol. 63, (5) : 443-452
Prittinen, Juha; Zhou, Xin; Bano, Fouzia; et al.
Macromolecules, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2021, Vol. 54, (3) : 1137-1146
Giubertoni, Giulia; Ortíz, Alberto Pérez de Alba; Bano, Fouzia; et al.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 118, (47)
Nadeem, Aftab; Nagampalli, Raghavendra; Toh, Eric; et al.
eLIFE, eLife Sciences Publications Ltd 2021, Vol. 10
Szuba, Agata; Bano, Fouzia; Linares, Gerard Castro; et al.
Analytical Biochemistry, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2020, Vol. 92, (7) : 5396-5403
Bar, Laure; Dejeu, Jérôme; Lartia, Rémy; et al.
ACS Nano, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2020, Vol. 14, (8) : 9938-9952
Frost, Rickard; Débarre, Delphine; Jana, Saikat; et al.
Biophysical Journal, Biophysical society 2018, Vol. 114, (12) : 2910-2922
Bano, Fouzia; Tammi, M. I.; Kang, D. W.; et al.
Scientific Reports, Springer Nature 2016, Vol. 6
Bano, Fouzia; Banerji, Suneale; Howarth, Mark; et al.
Langmuir, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2015, Vol. 31, (30) : 8411-8420
Bano, Fouzia; Carril, Mónica; Di Gianvincenzo, Paolo; et al.
Nanoscale, Royal Society of Chemistry 2015, Vol. 7, (46) : 19528-19533
Bano, Fouzia; Sluysmans, D.; Wislez, A.; et al.
Nanoscale, Royal Society of Chemistry 2012, Vol. 4, (5) : 1734-1741
Bosco, Alessandro; Bano, Fouzia; Parisse, Pietro; et al.
Forensic Science International, Elsevier 2012, Vol. 219, (1-3) : 64-75
Heudt, Laetitia; Debois, Delphine; Zimmerman, Tyler A.; et al.
Nano Letters, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2009, Vol. 9, (7) : 2614-2618
Bano, Fouzia; Fruk, Ljiljana; Sanavio, Barbara; et al.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2009, Vol. 131, (28) : 9843-9848
Herrero, M. Antonia; Toma, Francesca M.; Al-Jamal, Khuloud T.; et al.
Nano Letters, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2008, Vol. 8, (12) : 4134-4139
Mirmomtaz, Elham; Castronovo, Matteo; Grunwald, Christian; et al.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2007, Vol. 129, (9) : 2636-2641
Castronovo, Matteo; Bano, Fouzia; Raugei, Simone; et al.

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Published: 24 Apr, 2023