- BS Biology, Albright College
- PhD Developmental Biology, Thomas Jefferson University
An adjunct since 2000 and a full-time instructor since 2007, Nancy Matre teaches Anatomy & Physiology labs, Functional Neuroscience for Occupational Therapy students, General Biology labs, and non-majors Life Investigation labs. Her thesis work at Jefferson investigated cell adhesion during retinal development. With support from the American Brain Tumor Association, she studied cell adhesion in tumor metastasis as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Cell Biology/Neurobiology/Anatomy. Dr. Matre returned to developmental studies investigating the role of TGF-beta in the inner ear at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Department of Otolaryngology. Here at Xavier, Dr. Matre assists with interviews on Scholarship Day, participates in X-perience, has spoken at the Student Athlete Manresa program, and helps direct the Hughes High School STEM program visit in the biology department. In 2008, she received the Student Athlete Faculty Appreciation Award. Nancy and her husband Dave have two children and enjoy the company of two cats and three pet mice (who get along just fine).