Researcher biography

Dr. Hamid Khataee received his Ph.D. in Mathematical and Computational Biology from Griffith University in 2016. His Ph.D. thesis focused on the mechanics of molecular motor proteins, which transport molecular cargos inside eukaryotic cells. Defects in the motor-based transport contribute to numerous human diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and cancer. After completion of his degree, he continued his research in the Howard Lab at Yale University as a postdoc, where he studied the mechanical interactions between multiple motor proteins and the morphology of dendrites in neurons. He joined the University of Queensland in 2018, where he studies the collective cell migration, which is essential for morphogenesis and tissue regeneration. He is interested in how the mechanical interactions between individual molecular motors give rise to their ensemble properties—force and velocity; and how the migration of cells propagates into neighboring cells at the tissue level, depending on the cell-cell forces.