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

Introduction to next-generation techniques in genetic, molecular, biochemical, and cellular engineering. Lab modules include: gene and genome engineering, protein isolation and separation, enzyme analysis and product development based on useful applications of biological technologies.

Introduction to next-generation techniques in genetic, molecular, biochemical, and cellular engineering. Lab modules include: gene and genome engineering, protein isolation and separation, enzyme analysis and product development based on useful applications of biological technologies.

Introduction to next-generation techniques in genetic, molecular, biochemical, and cellular engineering. Lab modules include: gene and genome engineering, protein isolation and separation, enzyme analysis and product development based on useful applications of biological technologies.

Introduction to next-generation techniques in genetic, molecular, biochemical, and cellular engineering. Lab modules include: gene and genome engineering, protein isolation and separation, enzyme analysis and product development based on useful applications of biological technologies.

Principles of biology at the biology/engineering interface. The course will discuss biological principles that can inform an approach to engineering that is more in harmony with living systems and it will present engineering analyses of the structure and function of human tissue. Topics include an introduction to molecular biology, evolution and design, cell structure and function, the mechanics of tissues, sensing and signal transmission in the nervous system, biological energy generation and transduction, chemical detoxification and waste handling, and tissue defense mechanisms.

Principles of biology at the biology/engineering interface. The course will discuss biological principles that can inform an approach to engineering that is more in harmony with living systems and it will present engineering analyses of the structure and function of human tissue. Topics include an introduction to molecular biology, evolution and design, cell structure and function, the mechanics of tissues, sensing and signal transmission in the nervous system, biological energy generation and transduction, chemical detoxification and waste handling, and tissue defense mechanisms.

Principles of biology at the biology/engineering interface. The course will discuss biological principles that can inform an approach to engineering that is more in harmony with living systems and it will present engineering analyses of the structure and function of human tissue. Topics include an introduction to molecular biology, evolution and design, cell structure and function, the mechanics of tissues, sensing and signal transmission in the nervous system, biological energy generation and transduction, chemical detoxification and waste handling, and tissue defense mechanisms.

Principles of biology at the biology/engineering interface. The course will discuss biological principles that can inform an approach to engineering that is more in harmony with living systems and it will present engineering analyses of the structure and function of human tissue. Topics include an introduction to molecular biology, evolution and design, cell structure and function, the mechanics of tissues, sensing and signal transmission in the nervous system, biological energy generation and transduction, chemical detoxification and waste handling, and tissue defense mechanisms.

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.

Provision of an understanding of how molecules drive function in biological systems. Students will become proficient in cell biology and integrate that knowledge with the chemical nature of molecules. The students will utilize mathematics, science and engineering concepts to study how biological molecules interact. Examples of current day advances and discoveries will highlight contemporary issues facing the field of bioengineering and how the field has addressed those challenges.

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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