Fay M. Hansen
Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Lab Location: 368 DHE
Degrees: Ph.D. Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1975
- BIO 104 Human Biology
- BIO 305 Histology
- BIO 306 Histology Lab
- BIO 491/591 Special Topics in Biology: Organic Farming Field and Lab Experience
- BIO 491/591 Special Topics in Biology: Organic Farming in Urban Setting
- BIO 491/591 Special Topics in Biology: Permaculture, Theory and Practice
- BIO 491/591 Special Topics in Biology: Biology of Food
- BIO 495 Scientific Inquiry and Communication
more than 18 years of externally funded research on cardiovascular disease, Dr.
Hansen elected to close her biomedical research laboratory and “re-tool” in
organic farming. She received her
Certificate in Organic Farming from Michigan State University in 2008,
returning to campus to establish the Campus Student Organic Farming Program, which
she now directs. Her goal is to help
prevent cardiovascular disease and associated pathologies by increasing
awareness of linkages between disease and the food system, including how sustainable food is produced and how farming and food production practices
affect both environmental and human health. In addition to basic research on
plant-soil interactions in organic farming, her scholarly activities currently
include using “food” as an overarching theme for academic innovation to enhance
community engagement and applied problem-solving in the STEM disciplines. Her work also involves fostering
interdisciplinary and experiential approaches to 21st Century
learning, using the Campus Student Organic Farm as a “living laboratory.” Many of her students have presented their
research projects at national and international meetings and/or have been
co-authors on her publications.
Birmingham, J., J. Busik, F. Hansen-Smith, J. Fenton (2009) Novel mechanism for obesity-induced colon cancer progression. Carcinogenesis 30: 690-97.
Buchwalter, A., C. Van Dort, S. Schultz, R. Smith, Le, I.P, Abbot, J., Oosterhouse, E. Johnson, A, Hansen-Smith, F.,Burnatowska-Hledin, M. (2008) Expression of VACM-1/cul5 mutant in endothelial cells induceds MAPK phosphorylation and maspin degradation and converts cells to the angiogenic phenotype. Microvascular Res. 75: 155-68.
Alhadlaq, H, Y Xia, F. Hansen, C. Les, G. Lust (2007) Morphological changes in articular cartilage due to static compression: polarized light microscopy study. Connect. Tissue Res. 48: 76 – 84.