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Sarah Shahmoradian received her Ph.D. in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics from the Baylor College of Medicine in 2013 working in the lab of Wah Chiu, where she applied cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and tomography (cryo-ET) to uncover new structural mechanisms and features of neurodegenerative-relevant proteins. Her work explained how the eukaryotic chaperonin TRiC/CCT inhibits aggregation of mutant Huntingtin fibrils in vitro, structurally revealed how the N17 and proline-rich domains impact the formation of mutant Huntingtin fibrils, and the near-native structural basis of alpha-synuclein protein aggregation nucleating through liquid–liquid phase separation in vitro.

She completed her Roche Postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Henning Stahlberg at the Biozentrum University of Basel, discovering that membranes and lipidic material are abundant in Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites (LB/LN) of Parkinson's diseased-human brains. This caused a major re-evaluation of in vitro modeling of their formation, and emphasizes aberrant alpha synuclein-lipid interactions in Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Shahmoradian joined the UTSW faculty in 2021. Her lab applies cryo-electron tomography and correlative light and electron microscopy to study the macromolecular basis of protein aggregation and membrane remodeling in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases within neuronal systems. Her group also develops and applies new interfaces and enabling technologies to push the boundaries of these techniques.

Research Interest

  • Cryo-electron tomography
  • Micro and Nanoengineering
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Protein aggregation


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Cryo-electron tomography provides topological insights into mutant huntingtin exon 1 and polyQ aggregates.
Galaz-Montoya JG, Shahmoradian SH, Shen K, Frydman J, Chiu W, Commun Biol 2021 07 4 1 849
A Compartmentalized Neuronal Cell-Culture Platform Compatible With Cryo-Fixation by High-Pressure Freezing for Ultrastructural Imaging.
Tran HT, Lucas MS, Ishikawa T, Shahmoradian SH, Padeste C, Front Neurosci 2021 15 726763
A lathe system for micrometre-sized cylindrical sample preparation at room and cryogenic temperatures.
Holler M, Ihli J, Tsai EHR, Nudelman F, Verezhak M, van de Berg WDJ, Shahmoradian SH, J Synchrotron Radiat 2020 Mar 27 Pt 2 472-476
Alterations in Sub-Axonal Architecture Between Normal Aging and Parkinson's Diseased Human Brains Using Label-Free Cryogenic X-ray Nanotomography.
Tran HT, Tsai EHR, Lewis AJ, Moors T, Bol JGJM, Rostami I, Diaz A, Jonker AJ, Guizar-Sicairos M, Raabe J, Stahlberg H, van de Berg WDJ, Holler M, Shahmoradian SH, Front Neurosci 2020 14 570019
Imaging of post-mortem human brain tissue using electron and X-ray microscopy.
Lewis AJ, Genoud C, Pont M, van de Berg WD, Frank S, Stahlberg H, Shahmoradian SH, Al-Amoudi A, Curr Opin Struct Biol 2019 10 58 138-148
Breakthroughs in medicine and bioimaging with up-conversion nanoparticles.
Rostami I, Rezvani Alanagh H, Hu Z, Shahmoradian SH, Int J Nanomedicine 2019 14 7759-7780