Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
phone: (617) 353-2791
office: 110 Cummington Mall, ENG 221
Mechanical behavior of biological materials * Mechanical stimulation of tissue differentiation * Micromechanics of multiscale media * Damage mechanics
Professor Elise Morgan’s research focuses on the interplay between the mechanical behavior, structure, and biological function of tissues. She uses methods from engineering mechanics, materials science, and cell and molecular biology to investigate how mechanical “signals” (forces and displacements) contribute to the development, adaptation, degeneration, and regeneration of bone and cartilage. This work involves experimentation, computational modeling, and theoretical analysis. Through her research, Professor Morgan hopes to gain insight into causes and potential treatments for diseases or conditions such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and impaired bone healing.
Professor Morgan’s current research projects are in the use of mechanical stimulation to promote cartilage formation, the biomechanics of spine fractures and bone fracture healing, structure-function relationships in ischemic bone, and non-invasive diagnostics of bone fracture healing. She is the recipient of several reserach and teaching awards, including the 2006 Young Investigator Award from the International Osteoporosis Foundation.
- Hayward, LNM, dBakker, CMJ, Lusic, H, Gerstenfeld, LC, Grinstaff, MW, Morgan, EF. Contrast-enhanced computed tomographic imaging of soft callus formation in fracture healing. In press, Microscopy Research and Technique.
- Shore, SW, Barbone, PE, Oberai, AA, and Morgan, EF. Transversely isotropic elasticity imaging of cancellous bone. Journal of Biomedical Engineering, 2011, 133:0 61002.
- Unnikrishnan, GU and Morgan, EF. A new material mapping procedure for QCT-based, continuum finite element analyses of the vertebra. Journal of Biomedical Engineering, 2011, 137: 071001
- Nowlan, N, Jepsen, KJ, Morgan, EF. Smaller, weaker and less stiff bones evolve from changes in subsistence strategy. Osteoporosis International, 2011; 22(6):1967-80.
- Morgan, EF, Salisbury Palomares, KT, Gleason, RE, Bellin, DL, Chien, KB. Correlations between local strains and tissue phenotypes in an experimental model of skeletal healing. Journal of Biomechanics, 2010; 43(12): 2418-24.
- Miller, GE and Morgan, EF. Use of microindentation to characterize the mechanical properties of articular cartilage: comparison of biphasic material properties across length scales. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 2010; 18(8): 1051-7.
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