Research Team

Louis C. Gerstenfeld, PhD

Title: Professor
Institution: Boston University School of Medicine
Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Address: 72 E. Concord Street – Housman (R)
Boston, MA 02118
Tel: (617) 414-1660
Fax: (617) 414-1661

Professor Gerstenfeld’s expertise is in the area of skeletal tissue biology.  He has studied skeletal biology for more than 30 years and has broad knowledge across many areas in the field, including metabolic bone disease and orthopedic-related diseases.  He has carried out numerous preclinical assessments of pharmacological compounds as they relate to safety and efficacy in the treatment of fracture and osteoporosis.  He has expertise in skeletal tissue structure and the histomorphometric assessment of skeletal tissues.  Lou was among the first four labs in the United States to develop in vitro osteoblast cultures and helped to establish the standard time dependent sequence of osteogenic differentiation in vitro. His laboratory also was one of four to initially isolate the proteins and clone the major extracellular matrix proteins of bone.  He has served on the NIH IRG for Orthopedics, NASA review panels for skeletal tissue biology and the DOD review panels for orthopedic related research.

 

Elise F. Morgan, PhD

Title: Professor
Office: 110 Cummington Mall, ENG 221
Boston, MA 02215

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.

 

Beth C. Bragdon, PhD

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Institution: Boston University School of Medicine
Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Address: 72 East Concord Street, E243
Boston, MA 02118

 

Amira Hussein, PhD

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Institution: Boston University School of Medicine
Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Address: 72 East Concord Street, E243
Boston, MA 02118

Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine