Marina Ferguson MT


Marina Ferguson

Ms. Ferguson graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Education and Medical Technology. She is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists in both Medical Technology and Histotechnology.

Early in her career, she was an advisor and teacher for the American Medical Association at the medical schools of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Saigon, South Vietnam. After four years in Asia she returned and joined the Clinical Immunology Laboratory at the University of Washington.

An opportunity to integrate the techniques acquired in Immunology with Histology led to the creation of the Immunocytochemistry Laboratory. Along with Allen Gown, she pioneered new techniques for antibody use on fixed and frozen tissues and also created monoclonal antibodies to cytokeratins, macrophages, actin and melanoma for clinical use. During this time she became a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor for the department of Laboratory Medicine.

Several years later she transferred into research to supervise the Vascular Biology Laboratory of the Department of Pathology and acquired new skills in molecular biology and in-situ hybridization.

In 1995, with three other researchers Ms. Ferguson left the University and established a facility used to test drugs and devices for presentation to the FDA.

Ms. Ferguson has returned to the University of Washington to provide pathology support for the Vascular Imaging Laboratory. Her background in the correlation of images to excised specimens, molecular biology and pathology has brought solid information to the research core.

Sample Publications

Cai JM*, Ferguson MS, Polissar N, Hatsukami TS, Yuan C. Classification of Human Carotid Atherosclerotic Lesions using In Vivo Multi-Contrast MR Imaging. Circulation, 106:1368-1373, 2002

Kerwin W*, Ferguson MS, Small R, Hatsukami TS, Yuan C. Magnetization transfer as a contrast enhancing mechanism in magnetic resonance images of human atherosclerotic plaques. Atherosclerosis 151(1):25, 2000.

Gibran, N., Ferguson, M., Heimbach, D., Isik, F.,"Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein- 1 mRNA Expression in the Human Burn Wound." Journal of Surgery Resolution 70(1):1-6