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Tanya M. Farooque

Research Interests

  • Development of 3D tissue engineering reference scaffolds 
  • Measurement of scaffold 3Dness
  • Cell-material interactions: 2D vs. 3D cell function  

My current research focuses on developing tests that define 3D cell behavior due to scaffolds in order to develop reference materials for tissue engineering. To accomplish this I will measure the localization of focal adhesions, integrins, and paxillin of cells, as well as, cell function and diffusivity between 2D and 3D cell culture. 


My Ph.D. work centered on bioreactor development for the production of cartilage tissue. I studied the parameters of a perfusion concentric cylinder bioreactor to improve the material properties and cryopreservation of tissue-engineered cartilage.


  • NIST NRC-ARRA Research Associateship Award, 2010 
  • Invited speaker, "Mechanical Stimulation for Improved Properties of Tissue-Engineering Cartilage," 54th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society (2008)


Farooque, T., Chen, Z., et al. (2009) Protocol Development for Vitrification of Tissue-Engineered Cartilage. Bioprocessing Journal. 8(4): 29-36.

Wick, T. and Farooque, T. (2009) Bioreactor Development for Cartilage Tissue Engineering: Computational Modelling and Experimental Results. 7th International Conference on CFD in the Minerals and Process Industries, Melbourne, AU.

Moyer, H., Wang, Y., Farooque, T., et al. (2010) A New Animal Model for Assessing Cartilage Repair in a Non-articular Cartilage Site. Tissue Engineering Part A. 16(7): 2321-2330.

Tanya Farooque


NRC Post-Doctoral Fellow
Polymers Division
Biomaterials Group


B.S. Chemical Engineering University of Texas at Austin 1999-2003  

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology 2003-2008


Phone: 301-975-6782
Fax: 301-975-4977