Department of Biological Sciences

Dodge Hall Rm 375
118 Library Dr
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
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(248) 370-3550
fax: (248) 370-4225


Fay M. Hansen
Associate Professor, Ph.D.
367 DH
(248) 370-3574
Lab Location: 368 DH



  • 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


After 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 21stCentury 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.

Selected 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.