Dawn M. Elliott, Ph.D.
Chair of Biomedical Engineering
Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Multiscale Mechanics of Musculoskeletal Tissues
Dr. Elliott’s presentation will describe her team’s studies of damage mechanisms and treatment modalities of orthopaedic tissues including disc, meniscus, and tendon. She will present their work integrating mechanical testing, mathematical modeling, and multi-modal imaging across multiple hierarchical scales, from the entire joint-level, to the tissue-scale, to the micro- and nano-scale.
Dawn Elliott is the Blue and Gold Professor and founding department chair of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. Prior to joining Delaware in 2011, she spent 12 years in the University of Pennsylvania’s Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering. Dr. Elliott’s group studies damage and treatment of orthopaedic tissues including disc, meniscus, and tendon. Her multi-scale approach, from the entire joint-level, to the tissue-scale, and to the microscale, integrates mechanical testing, mathematical modeling, and multi-modal imaging. Dr. Elliott has had continuous NIH funding as Principle Investigator since 2001. Dr. Elliott earned a Ph.D. in bioengineering from Duke and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan. She was awarded the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Van C. Mow Medal for significant contributions to the field of bioengineering and the inaugural Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring Award. In 2019 was awarded the inaugural ORS Adele L. Boskey Award for sustained commitment to mentorship and a track-record of impactful research. In 2020 she was awarded the ASME Robert Nerem Medal for mentorship and education. Dr. Elliott is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and of ASME. She is currently past-president of the Biomedical Engineering Society.
Dr. Christine Schmidt