Maysarah K. Sukkar Professor of Engineering Design and Innovation (ME, MSE, BME)
Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development
Primary Appointment Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Education Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Additional Affiliations Division of Materials Science & Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Director, Center for Multiscale & Translational Mechanobiology
Honors and Awards Dean’s Catalyst Award, 2018
Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2015
Areas of Interest Mechanical behavior of biological materials * Mechanical stimulation of tissue differentiation * Micromechanics of multiscale media * Damage mechanics
Research Areas 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.