Elise F. Morgan, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Boston University College of Engineering

PhD, University of California, Berkeley
MS, University of California, Berkeley




Elise Morgan is the Maysarah K. Sukkar Professor of Engineering Design and Innovation and the Director of the Center for Multiscale and Translational Mechanobiology at Boston University. She has faculty appointments in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (primary), the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Morgan received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Surgery at Stanford University.

Dr. Morgan’s research laboratory focuses on the mechanical behavior and mechanobiology of skeletal tissues at multiple length scales. Her lab uses experimental and computational methods to explore how the deformation and failure behavior of tissues depend on the tissue microstructure; and conversely, how the differentiation and adaptation of tissues and cells are modulated by their mechanical microenvironment.

Dr. Morgan has received research funding from the NIH, the NSF, and multiple industry sources and private foundations. From 2016-2018, she was the Chair of the Skeletal Biology, Structure, and Regeneration study section of the NIH Center for Scientific Review. She is the recipient of several research and teaching awards, including the 2013 Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is the co-founder of a STEM outreach program, Summer Pathways, for high-school girls. Dr. Morgan currently serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in the College of Engineering. She is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Biomechanics, is an member of the editorial board of Bone, and is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

I am strongly committed to expanding access, opportunity, equity and inclusion for all individuals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In my classroom teaching, academic advising, research supervision, mentoring of trainees and early career faculty, and outreach activities, I seek to shift the culture of academia and STEM workforces towards embracing mutual differences and celebrating individuals' authentic selves and unique contributions.

As the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in the College of Engineering, I implemented the first college-wide policy on faculty mentoring and created a career development panels, working closely with individual departments and the Dean to ensure early career faculty receive effective sponsorship, mentorship, and other resources to foster inclusion and thriving. I have also worked closely with the Assistant Dean for Outreach and Diversity in ENG, with the BU-wide office Advance, Recruit, Retain, Organize Women in STEM (ARROWS), and on committees within my professional societies to advance DEIA in the faculty, staff, and student bodies. I led the first climate survey for PhD students in my home department (mechanical engineering). I am also a co-founder of Summer Pathways, a STEM residential outreach program for high school girls in the Boston area (https://www.bu.edu/mysummer/academics/summer-pathways-in-science-and-engineering/). Over my career, I have provided one-on-one mentoring to nearly 100 trainees (postdoc, graduate students, undergraduate students, and high school students) and early career faculty.

Recognition and Institutional Roles Related to DEIA
2020-present: Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, College of Engineering
2018-present: member of Advisory Board, Advance, Recruit, Retain, Organize Women in STEM (ARROWS), Boston University
2019-2020: member of Working group on Preventing Gender-Based Harassment, Boston University
2015: 100 Inspiring Women in STEM; Insight into Diversity

Maysarah K Sukkar Professor of Engineering Design and Innovation
Boston University College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering


Director
Boston University College of Engineering
Center for Multiscale and Translational Mechanobiology


Director
Boston University College of Engineering
Micro-Computed Tomography Imaging Core Facility




3-D Visualization and Prediction of Vertebral Fractures
09/01/2019 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases
5R01AR054620-13S

A Systems Genetics Approach to Identify BMD Genes
04/01/2018 - 02/28/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Elise F. Morgan, PhD
NIH/National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases
3R01AR071657-05

Fellowship for Patrick Williams (July through December 2021)
07/01/2021 - 12/31/2021 (PI)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc


Clinical Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal Education and Training (COMET) Program (T32 Student Billing Agreement for Patrick Williamson)
07/01/2019 - 06/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc. NIH NIAMS
5T32AR055885-12

3-D Visualization and Prediction of Vertebral Fractures
09/01/2014 - 08/31/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases
5R01AR054620-10

Fellowship for Patrick Williamson (Fall/Spring 2019)
09/03/2018 - 06/30/2019 (PI)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc


The mechanistic role of subchondral bone cysts and bone marrow lesions as markers of cases for hip arthroplasty
07/01/2017 - 12/31/2018 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Eric Smith, MD
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation


Student Billing Agreement for Patrick Williamson
04/30/2018 - 09/02/2018 (PI)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc


Student Billing Agreement for Patrick Williamson
09/04/2017 - 04/29/2018 (PI)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc


Graduate Student Billing Agreement for Patrick Williamson
05/01/2017 - 09/03/2017 (PI)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc


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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2022 A Systems Genetics Approach to Identify BMD Genes 5R01AR071657-05
2022 A Systems Genetics Approach to Identify BMD Genes 3R01AR071657-05S1
2022 3-D Visualization and Prediction of Vertebral Fractures 5R01AR054620-14
2021 A Systems Genetics Approach to Identify BMD Genes 5R01AR071657-04 1
2021 3-D Visualization and Prediction of Vertebral Fractures 5R01AR054620-13 18
2021 3-D Visualization and Prediction of Vertebral Fractures 3R01AR054620-13S1 18
2020 3-D Visualization and Prediction of Vertebral Fractures 3R01AR054620-11S1 18
2020 A Systems Genetics Approach to Identify BMD Genes 5R01AR071657-03 1
2020 3-D Visualization and Prediction of Vertebral Fractures 5R01AR054620-12 18
2019 A Systems Genetics Approach to Identify BMD Genes 3R01AR071657-02S1 1
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  1. Abood A, Mesner L, Rosenow W, Al-Barghouthi BM, Horowitz N, Morgan EF, Gerstenfeld LC, Farber CR. Identification of Known and Novel Long Noncoding RNAs Potentially Responsible for the Effects of Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Genomewide Association Study (GWAS) Loci. J Bone Miner Res. 2022 Aug; 37(8):1500-1510.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35695880
     
  2. Sadoughi S, Bevill G, Morgan EF, Palepu V, Keaveny TM, Wear KA. Biomechanical structure-function relations for human trabecular bone - comparison of calcaneus, femoral neck, greater trochanter, proximal tibia, and vertebra. Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Engin. 2022 May 17; 1-9. PMID: 35579530
     
  3. Nakasone A, Guang Y, Wise A, Kim L, Babbin J, Rathod S, Mitchell AJ, Gerstenfeld LC, Morgan EF. Structural features of subchondral bone cysts and adjacent tissues in hip osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2022 Aug; 30(8):1130-1139.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35569801; DOI: 10.1016/j.joca.2022.03.013;
     
  4. Hu Z, Qiu W, Yu Y, Wu X, Fang F, Zhu X, Xu X, Tu Q, Van Dyke TE, Morgan EF, Chen J. Identification and Characterization of a Novel Long Noncoding RNA that Regulates Osteogenesis in Diet-Induced Obesity Mice. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2022; 10:832460.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35531098; DOI: 10.3389/fcell.2022.832460;
     
  5. Lu D, Demissie S, Horowitz NB, Gower AC, Lenburg ME, Alekseyev YO, Hussein AI, Bragdon B, Liu Y, Daukss D, Page JM, Webster MZ, Schlezinger JJ, Morgan EF, Gerstenfeld LC. Temporal and Quantitative Transcriptomic Differences Define Sexual Dimorphism in Murine Postnatal Bone Aging. JBMR Plus. 2022 Feb; 6(2):e10579.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35229061; DOI: 10.1002/jbm4.10579;
     
  6. Auger JD, Naik AJ, Murakami AM, Gerstenfeld LC, Morgan EF. Spatial assessment of femoral neck bone density and microstructure in hip osteoarthritis. Bone Rep. 2022 Jun; 16:101155.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34984214; DOI: 10.1016/j.bonr.2021.101155;
     
  7. Li X, Zhu X, Wu H, Van Dyke TE, Xu X, Morgan EF, Fu W, Liu C, Tu Q, Huang D, Chen J. Roles and Mechanisms of Irisin in Attenuating Pathological Features of Osteoarthritis. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2021; 9:703670.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34650969; DOI: 10.3389/fcell.2021.703670;
     
  8. Wu Y, Loaiza J, Banerji R, Blouin O, Morgan E. Structure-function relationships of the human vertebral endplate. JOR Spine. 2021 Sep; 4(3):e1170. PMID: 34611592; DOI: 10.1002/jsp2.1170;
     
  9. Song J, Korunes-Miller J, Banerji R, Wu Y, Fazeli S, Zheng H, Orr B, Morgan E, Andry C, Henderson J, Miller NS, White A, Grinstaff MW. On-Site, On-Demand 3D-Printed Nasopharyngeal Swabs to Improve the Access of Coronavirus Disease-19 Testing. Glob Chall. 2021 Nov; 5(11):2100039.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34754507; DOI: 10.1002/gch2.202100039;
     
  10. Gongora AE, Snapp KL, Whiting E, Riley P, Reyes KG, Morgan EF, Brown KA. Using simulation to accelerate autonomous experimentation: A case study using mechanics. iScience. 2021 Apr 23; 24(4):102262. PMID: 33817570; DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2021.102262;
     
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This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown, or last author.

Bar chart showing 113 publications over 22 distinct years, with a maximum of 11 publications in 2008 and 2021

YearPublications
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20022
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200811
20099
20104
20115
20127
20138
20148
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20162
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2016-2018 National Institutes of Health: Chair, Study Section: Skeletal Biology, Structure, and Regeneration
2015 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering: Fellow
2015 Insight into Diversity: 100 Inspiring Women in STEM
2014-2016 National Institutes of Health: Member, Study Section: Skeletal Biology, Structure, and Regeneration
2014 College of Engineering, Boston University: Faculty Service Award
2013 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award
2012-2017 College of Engineering, Boston University: Distinguished Faculty Fellow
2010-2011 National Institutes of Health: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Senior Fellows
2009 College of Engineering, Boston University: Early Career Research Excellence Award
2006 International Osteoporosis Foundation and Servier Research Group: Young Investigator Research Award
2000 University of California, Berkeley: Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award
1999 American Society of Mechanical Engineers: First Place, Master’s Paper Competition
1997-2000 National Science Foundation Graduate Research: Fellowship
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Mechanobiology
Biomechanics
Fracture Healing
Autonomous Research
Spine Fractures
Mechanopathology
Bone Regeneration

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