Department Of Biomedical Engineering
Elisa Konofagou, PhD

Elisa E. Konofagou designs and develops ultrasound-based technologies for automated estimation of tissue mechanics as well as drug delivery and therapeutics. Her group has worked on the design of algorithms that can estimate minute deformation as a result of physiological function, such as in the heart and vessels, and displacements induced by the ultrasound wave itself, such as in tumors and nerves, while she maintains several collaborations with physicians in order to translate these technologies to the clinical setting. She has also developed novel techniques in order to facilitate noninvasive brain drug delivery as well as modulation of both the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Dr. Konofagou is a professor of radiology and the Robert and Margaret Hariri Professor of Biomedical Engineering. She received a BS in chemical physics from Université de Paris 6 in 1992, a MS in biomedical engineering from Imperial College (London, UK) in 1993 and a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Houston in 1999. She is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and in 2007 she received the NSF CAREER Award. In 2021 she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Clinical Studies Managed By This Investigator:
Condition Study Title
Alzheimer's Disease [ CLOSED ] Non-Invasive Blood-Brain Barrier Opening in Alzheimer's Disease Patients Using a Focused Ultrasound Device
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) [ CLOSED ] Ultrasound monitoring of heart and lungs in patients who have recovered from COVID-19.