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Ferguson Virginia - Associate Professor

Ferguson Virginia

University of Colorado Boulder
Mechanical Engineering
Boulder, United States of America

My research interests focus on bringing together mechanical behavior of materials with Biology and Physics to better understand structureTfunction relationships in tissues at multiple length scales. My training lies predominantly in relating the physical behavior of hard tissues (e.g., bone, teeth and articular calcified cartilage) with the underlying biology and/or physiology. My lab currently focuses on studying bone property changes with metabolic disease, aging and disuse, and loading; load transition across soft-hard tissue interfaces where we draw inspiration from biological material structures to form novel engineered materials for tissue engineering applications and the study of structure-function relationships in pathophysiological conditions during pregnancy that may lead to pre-term birth.