Cristina Fernandez

Education:

Degree: PhD in BME, 2016 (Expected)

Adivsor: George Truskey

Research Project: Human Tissue Engineered Blood Vessels for Drug Response Testing

Research Interests:

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Fernandez CE, Yen RW, Perez SM, Bedell HW, Povsic TJ, Reichert WM, Truskey GA. Human Vascular Microphysiological System for in vitro Drug Screening. Scientific Reports 6:21579 (2016).
  2. Truskey GA, Fernandez CE. Tissue Engineered Blood Vessels as Promising Tools for Drug Toxicity Testing. Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism and Toxicology 11 (7) 1-4 (2015).
  3. Fernandez CE, Obi-onuoha IC, Wallace CS, Satterwhite LL, Truskey GA, Reichert WM. Late Outgrowth Endothelial Progenitors from Patients with Coronary Artery Disease: Endothelialization of Confluent Stromal Cell Layers. Acta Biomaterialia 10 (2), 893-900 (2014).
  4. Fernandez CE, Achneck HE, Reichert WM, Truskey GA. Biological and Engineering Design Considerations for Vascular Tissue Engineered Blood Vessels (TEBVs). Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering 3:83-90 (2014).
  5. Truskey GA, Achneck HE, Bursac N, Chan HF, Cheng CS, Fernandez CE, Hong S, Jung Y, Koves T, Krause WE, Leong K, Madden L, Reichert WM, Zhao X. Design Considerations for an Integrated Microphysiological Muscle Tissue for Drug and Tissue Toxicity Testing. Stem Cell Research and Therapy 4 (Suppl 1), S10 (2013).
  6. Hoh BL, Hosaka K, Downee DP, Nowicki KW, Fernandez CE, Batich CD, Scott EW. Monocyte Chemotactic Protein-1 Promotes Inflammatory Vascular Repair of Murine Carotid Aneurysms via a Macrophage Inflammatory Protein-1α and Macrophage Inflammatory Protein-2-Dependent Pathway. Circulation 124 (20), 2243-2252 (2011).

 

POSTERS

  1. Atchison LJ, Zhang H, Fernandez CE, Cao K, Truskey GA. "Tissue Engineered Blood Vessels to Model Progeria." Poster Presentation. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, October 2015.
  2. Fernandez CE, Yen RW, Perez SM, Povsic TJ, Reichert WM, Truskey GA. "Human TIssue Engineered Blood Vessels for in vitro Drug Testing." Poster Presentation. Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society World Congress, Boston, MA, September 2015.
  3. Atchison LJ, Zhang H, Fernandez CE, Cao K, Truskey GA. "3-D Tissue Engineered Blood Vessels to Model Progeria." Poster Presentation. Regenerative Medicine Workshop: Discovery, Technologies and Translation, Hilton Head, NC, May 2015.
  4. Perez SM, Fernandez CE, Reichert WM, Truskey GA. "Promoting Elastin Production in Tissue-Engineered Blood Vessels by Inhibiting microRNA-29 in bNDFs." Technical Paper and Oral Presentation. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Detroit, MI, November 2014.
  5. Henderson KB, Fernandez CE, Reichert WM, Truskey GA. "Effects of Lovastatin on Endothelial Cell Gene Expression and Monocyte Adhesion." Poster Presentation. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, San Antonio, TX, November 2014.
  6. Perez SM, Fernandez CE, Reichert WM, Truskey GA. "Promoting Elastin Production in Tissue-Engineered Blood Vessels by Inhibiting microRNA-29 in Human Neonatal Dermal Fibroblasts." Oral Presentation. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, October 2014.
  7. Henderson KB, Fernandez CE, Reichert WM, Truskey GA, "The Effect of Lovastatin on Activated Endothelial Cell Gene Expression and Monocyte Ahesion." Oral Presentation. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, October 2014.
  8. Fernandez CE, Truskey GA, Reichert WM. "Tissue Engineered Blood Vessels Lined with Late-Outgrowth EPCs from Coronary Artery Disease Patients." Poster Presentation. Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, April 2014.
  9. Fernandez CE, Obi-onuoha IC, Wallace CS, Satterwhite LL, Reichert Wm. "Adhesion of Late Outgrowth Peripheral Blood Endothelial Progenitor Cells from Coronary Artery Disease Patients to Human Aortic Smooth Muscle Cells." Poster Presentation. Society for Biomaterials Fall Symposium, New Orleans, LA, October 2012.
  10. Fernandez CE, Obi-onuoha IC, Zhao F, Leong KW, Reichert WM. "Direct Co-Culture of Endothelial Progenitor Cells with Mesenchymal Stem Cells on Nanograted Surfaces." Poster Presentation. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Conference, Hartford CT, October 2011.
  11. Fernandez CE, Obi-onuoha I, Zhao F, Leong KW, Reichert WM. "Direct Co-Culture of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Endothelial Cells for Use in Tissue Engineered Blood Vessels." Poster Presentation. National Heart Blood Lung Institute Symposium on Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine, Bethesda, MD, October 2011.
  12. Fernandez CE, Zhao F, Leong KW, Reichert WM. "Direct Co-Culture of Endothelial Progenitor Cells with Mesenchymal Stem Cells on Nanopatterned Surfaces." Poster Presentation. Society for Biomaterials Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2011.

 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

  1. Fernandez CE, Yen RW, Reichert WM, Truskey GA. "Human Tissue-Engineered Blood Vessels for in vitro Drug Response Testing." Oral Presentation. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, October 2014.
  2. Fernandez CE, Yen RW, Reichert WM, Truskey GA. "Human Tissue-Engineered Blood Vessels for Long-Term in vitro Drug Response Testing." Oral Presentation. North Carolina Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society Annual Meeting, Durham, NC, October 2014.
  3. Fernandez CE, Truskey GA, Reichert WM. "Peripheral Blood EPCs from Coronary Artery Disease Patients for Small Caliber Tissue Engineered Human Blood Vessels." Oral Presentation. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, September 2013.

 

AWARDS

  1. Pre-doctoral Fellow, American Heart Association (2014-2016)
  2. Second Place Poster Award, Biomedical Engineering Department Retreat, Wrightsville Beach, NC (May 2015)
  3. BME Innovation and Career Development Travel Award, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX (October 2014)
  4. Poster Award, Cardiovascular Biomaterials Special Interest Group, Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, Denver, CO (April 2014)
  5. Third Place Poster Award, Tissue Engineering Special Interest Group, Society for Biomaterials Fall Symposium, New Orleans, LA (October 2012)
  6. American Heart Associate Pre-doctoral Fellowship (2014-2016)