Virginia L. Ferguson is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder where she also earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering while working within the BioServe Space Technologies research center. She trained as a postdoctoral fellow in a joint position in Materials Science at Queen Mary, University of London and Anatomy and Developmental Biology at University College London. Dr. Ferguson’s training is in the mechanical behavior of biological materials, with specific emphasis on nano- and micrometer length scale characterization of the mineralized and organic constituents within bone and cartilage. She has served as a lead scientific PI for two experiments of mice on the Space Shuttle, on STS-118 and STS-135, and assisted with dissections, tissue and data processing, and data analysis from mice flown on STS-108 (PI: Bateman). Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Bateman were also recently awarded a grant (in 2016) from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to evaluate bones from mice flown in experiments on the International Space Station. Her group also studies problems rooted in mechanical behavior of materials with applications extending from understanding causes of functional tissue failure, developing solutions for tissue regeneration, novel biomaterials, and studying emerging and complex materials. She has also been a PI or co-I on numerous completed university-, NIH-, NSF-, and NASA-, NSBRI- and CASIS-funded grants. Her research accomplishments include >50 peer-reviewed manuscripts in international journals (cited over 1800 times), four book chapters, and numerous conference proceedings papers.