Mahdokht Kohansal Nodehi


College / University

Alzahra University, Tehran
Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran

Highest Degree

Master of Science

Major Subjects





Lab Experience

Various techniques in molecular biology (Biochemical characterization of enzymes, protein purification, SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, construction of appropriate vectors and cloning, site directed mutagenesis etc.)

Projects / Research

  • 02/2010 – 04/2011: Site-directed mutagenesis of alpha-amylase and characterization of biochemical (kinetic and activation) parameters of mutants and wild type. Also investigating inhibition mechanism of acarbose (antidiabetic drug) on these enzymes
  • 04/2009 – 02/2010: Investigating the role of a C-terminal sequence of alpha-amylase with and without signal peptide on secretion of enzyme in to culture medium in Bacillus subtilis

Scholarships / Awards

2011 – 2012: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2008: Ranked 6th in national graduate programs entrance exam in the field of biochemistry
2003: Outstanding ranking in Iranian universities entrance exam


Until now, my research projects have been mainly about protein engineering, concentrating on one part of the cell and trying to improve it in a desired function. Now I am really fascinated by the methods and approaches which study cells holistically such as proteomics, genomics and metabolomics. I am also interested in antibodies as special and unique proteins in diagnosis and treatment of different disease.