Skip to content
People Directory

Tracy Popowics, PhD

Tracy Popowics

Associate Professor, Oral Health Sciences

Office and Lab: B160

Dr. Popowics’ research investigates the biomechanics of dental and craniofacial tissues across multiple scales and tissue types. This work examines how biomechanical processes that occur at the macroscale, such as tooth loading during mastication, influence processes that occur at the nanoscale including cellular functions, and vice versa. Her pursuit of an understanding of load transmission within orofacial tissues on these two scales is critical to understanding the etiology of pathological conditions.

  1. DENTFN 523: Oral Histology and Embryology 1
  2. DENTFN 533: Oral Histology and Embryology 2
  1. Houg, K.P., Armijo, L., Major, P., Popowics, T., Dennison, C. and Romanyk,D. Experimental repeatability, sensitivity, and reproducibility of strain and force measurements during ex vivo tooth loading. J. Mech. Behav. Biomed. Mater. 2021; 120 DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2021.104562.
  2. Al-Rekabi, Z., Fura, A.M., Juhlin, I., Yassin, A., Popowics, T.E. and Sniadecki, N.J. Hyaluronan-CD44 interactions mediate contractility and migration in periodontal ligament cells. Cell Adhes. Migr. 2019; 13(1): 138-150, 2019.
  3. Hudson D.M., Garibov, M., Dixon, D.R., Popowics T.E. and Eyre, D.R. Distinct post- translational features of type I collagen are conserved in mouse and human periodontal ligament. Periodont. Res. 2017; 52:1042– 1049.
  4. Popowics, T.E., Yeh, K.D., Rafferty, K., and Herring, S.W.: Functional cues in the development of osseous tooth support in the pig, Sus scrofa. Biomech. 42(12): 1961-6, 2009.
  5. Popowics, T.E., and Herring, S.W.: Load transmission in the nasofrontal suture of the pig, Sus scrofa. J. Biomech. 40(4): 837-44, 2007.