Mustafa holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (2016) from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (2012) from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
His PhD thesis was focused on development of novel Raman spectroscopic parameters to assess bound-water compartments in bone and collagen matrix integrity, and further explored the associations of these new Raman-based parameters with bone fracture resistance. Throughout his PhD, he received several national and international prestigious awards to recognize his success in this field, including ORS Young Investigator Award, Baxter Young Investigator Award, SAS Barbara Stull Graduate Student Award, William G. Fateley Student Award, Coblentz Student Award and FACSS Student Award.
He joined the Nyman lab and the VCBB in 2017 as a post-doctoral fellow. His research seeks i) to develop a Raman spectroscopy technique that provides clinical assessment of bone quality, ii) to identify the determinants of matrix-bound water, and iii) to identify age- and disease-related determinants affecting the resistance of bone to fracture.