Nancy Forde

Professor and Graduate Chair

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 techniques: centrifuge force microscopy, magnetic tweezers, optical tweezers
  • Mechanisms of novel molecular motors

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Awards and Honours

  • Simon Fraser University Excellence in Teaching Award, 2022
  • Simon Fraser University Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award, 2021
  • Michèle Auger Award for Exceptional Service to the Biophysical Society of Canada, 2018
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar, 2005-2011
  • Cottrell Scholar, Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement, 2007-2009


  • B.Sc. Toronto
  • M.Sc., Ph.D. Chicago