Ferreira Bioengineering Research Group http://www.tferreiraumassdedu.com/
Principal Investigator: Tracie Ferreira <contact/web info>
The Ferreira research group is interested in Biological engineering: how do we define a biological system and understand the components that drive the formation and processes of that system? Organisms use complex pathways and signals to elicit very specific developmental outcomes as well as to regulate day to day activities. Using the zebrafish Danio rerio as a model for development they ask questions regarding the cell signals that drive development of craniofacial elements as well as the signals required for tissue regeneration in the zebrafish. Due to the evolutionary conservation of genes and proteins between humans and lower vertebrates such as zebrafish, they can apply what they learn in this model to various goals in bioengineering. Understanding multipotent cell types and the signals required for their differentiation generates the potential to assist in designing tissue engineering experiments. Furthermore, understanding the characteristics of the zebrafish that allow them to regenerate fins, heart and liver tissue will help define events that may lead to potential therapies in humans who have lost the ability to regenerate most tissues. Please contact the PI directly for available opportunities.