We are part of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware.

BMEG-Ellliott_Group-Lab-082815Our research investigates structure-function relationships in load-bearing fiber-reinforced tissues and joints, and the associated changes that occur during development, with degeneration and injury, and following therapeutic intervention.  Our hierarchical approach integrates mechanical testing, mathematical modeling, and imaging from the entire joint-level, to the tissue, the micro-scale, and has recently extended to the nano-level.

Ongoing Projects

Magnetic Resonance (MR) Elastography and Constitutive Modeling of the Intervertebral Disc

3D Intervertebral Disc Strain Quantification

Finite Element Predictions of Healthy and Degenerate Intervertebral Disc Mechanics

Hierarchical Mechanics of Connective Tissues

Effect of Nucleotomy and Hydrogel Implant on Disc Mechanics

Intervertebral Disc Shape, Damage Initiation and Propogation

Multi-scale Strain Transfer in Fibrous Tissues