Tracy Ferreira

Tracie Ferreira, PhD

Associate Professor / Chairperson

Bioengineering

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Education

1996Georgetown UniversityPhD in Microbiology
1990Wheaton CollegeBA in Biology/Chemistry

Teaching

  • BNG 424/524- Human Organogenesis
  • BNG 420/520- Case Studies in Bioengineering
  • BNG 412/512- Molecular Bioengineering
  • BNG 321- Quantitative Anatomy and Physiology
  • BNG 255- Biology for Engineers

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

A culminating experience in which the student synthesizes his/her course knowledge and experimental skills into a brief but detailed experimental study, which also involves cross-field interdisciplinary cooperation. Although in some cases this project may be done individually under the supervision of one faculty member, it is expected that students will join in a team-based, collaborative effort involving students from a number of different disciplines, post-doctoral fellows and industry representatives and with intercampus participation.

A culminating experience in which the student synthesizes his/her course knowledge and experimental skills into a brief but detailed experimental study, which also involves cross-field interdisciplinary cooperation. Although in some cases this project may be done individually under the supervision of one faculty member, it is expected that students will join in a team-based, collaborative effort involving students from a number of different disciplines, post-doctoral fellows and industry representatives and with intercampus participation.

Investigations of a fundamental and/or applied nature representing an original contribution to the scholarly research literature of the field. PhD dissertations are often published in refereed journals or presented at major conferences. A written dissertation must be completed in accordance with the rules of the Graduate School. Admission to the course is based on successful completion of the PhD comprehensive examination and submission of a formal proposal endorsed by the student's graduate committee and submitted to the appropriate BMEMT Graduate Program Director.

Investigations of a fundamental and/or applied nature representing an original contribution to the scholarly research literature of the field. PhD dissertations are often published in refereed journals or presented at major conferences. A written dissertation must be completed in accordance with the rules of the Graduate School. Admission to the course is based on successful completion of the PhD comprehensive examination and submission of a formal proposal endorsed by the student's graduate committee and submitted to the appropriate BMEMT Graduate Program Director.

Investigations of a fundamental and/or applied nature representing an original contribution to the scholarly research literature of the field. PhD dissertations are often published in refereed journals or presented at major conferences. A written dissertation must be completed in accordance with the rules of the Graduate School. Admission to the course is based on successful completion of the PhD comprehensive examination and submission of a formal proposal endorsed by the student's graduate committee and submitted to the appropriate BMEMT Graduate Program Director.

A journal club style seminar course to expose bioengineering majors to the current advances in the field. All fields of bioengineering such as, cell and tissue engineering, bioenergy, biocatalysis, bioinformatics, biodevices, microfluidics, nanodevices and biomaterials will be surveyed. Students will read scientific articles published, discuss the contents presented in the articles, write review of the articles they read, and present their findings in class.

A foundation for the study of advanced topics in bioengineering, with a focus on learning terminology and concepts essential to the understanding of human physiology. The subject of human anatomy and physiology while analyzing functional physiology from an engineering viewpoint will be covered.

An introduction to the basic concepts of nanosciences and the application of nanotechnology in biology and medicine. Fundamentals of design in nanoscience and nanotechnology are explored. Ethical and environmental implications in the rapid development of nanotechnology and molecular probe engineering are also discussed. Methods used in the research and development of bioengineering are described. The interface between nanosized materials and biomolecules, the application of nanoparticles and nanoassemblies, modeling of interactions between nanoparticles and cells and tissues, and nanomedicine are covered.

Research

Research Interests

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Tissue Engineering

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 we 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, we can apply what we 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 us define events that may lead to potential therapies in humans who have lost the ability to regenerate most tissues.

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