BME Seminar Series: Ashlee Ford Versypt, PhD, University at Buffalo

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Fontana Labs 1000
140 W. 19th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
United States


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Ashlee N. Ford Versypt, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Title: "Systems Biomedicine and Pharmaceutics: Multiscale Modeling of Tissue Remodeling and Damage"

Abstract: Dr. Ford Versypt leads the Systems Biomedicine and Pharmaceutics research lab, which develops and uses multiscale systems engineering approaches including mathematical modeling and computational simulation to enhance understanding of the mechanisms governing tissue remodeling and damage as a result of diseases and infections and to simulate the treatment of those conditions to improve human health. The lab specializes in (a) modeling mass transport of biochemicals through heterogeneous porous materials—primarily extracellular matrices and drug delivery devices—that change morphology dynamically due to the influence of chemical reactions and (b) modeling dynamic, multi-species biological systems involving chemical, physical, and biological interactions of diverse, heterogeneous cell populations with these materials and the chemical species in tissue microenvironments.

In this seminar, vignettes of three lines of research will be highlighted including models and predictions for (1) drug delivery in the eye in collaboration with Ohio State’s Dr. Swindle-Reilly, (2) glucose-stimulated damage to kidney cells during diabetes, and (3) viral and immune-induced damage in SARS-CoV-2 infected lung tissue. This work is currently supported by an NSF CAREER award and NIH R35 MIRA grants. Additionally, Dr. Ford Versypt is active in engineering education research and training. She will briefly showcase some of her team’s interactive computing activities as chemical engineering educational tools in university and informal learning environments for broad access to students, educators, researchers, and lay people.

Bio: Dr. Ford Versypt earned a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, all in Chemical Engineering. She did her postdoc at MIT. She started her academic career at Oklahoma State University before joining the University at Buffalo as a tenured associate professor in January 2021. Dr. Ford Versypt leads the Systems Biomedicine and Pharmaceutics Laboratory. She has received a number of awards for her research, teaching, and service including the NSF CAREER Award, ASEE Chemical Engineering Division Fahien Award, and AIChE CAST Division Himmelblau Award for Innovations in Computer-Based Chemical Engineering Education. Her research program is funded by the NSF, NIH R35 MIRA, and others.

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