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Susan Margulies, PhD

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Assistant Director, Directorate for Engineering
U.S. National Science Foundation

Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Injury Biomechanics
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Tech College of Engineering
Emory University School of Medicine

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Emory University
Health Sciences Research Building
1760 Haygood Drive, Suite W242
Atlanta, GA, 30322

Georgia Institute of Technology
U.A. Whitaker Building
313 Ferst Drive, Suite 2116
Atlanta, GA, 30332-0535


Over the years, as principal investigator, Dr. Margulies has secured over $34 million in federal funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Transportation, and private foundations. Her recent engagement and negotiations with industry have led to $1.5 million in corporate research agreements. Her scholarship has been disseminated in over 350 papers, abstracts, book chapters, and numerous media features.

While directing a large, translational, interdisciplinary research program, she has taught more than fifteen undergraduate and graduate courses and has had a broad range of administrative roles at the departmental, school, and institutional levels. She has received honors for improving the lives of women faculty and for excellence in teaching and mentoring. Margulies has created new programs to improve faculty and student diversity, access, engagement and professional development, as well as leading initiatives to enhance cross-campus research, training, and education, and engagement with industry and alumni.


Dr. Margulies's research program spans the micro-to-macro scales in two distinct subfields: traumatic brain injury in children and ventilator-induced lung injury. She focuses on prevention, intervention, and treatments. She has pioneered new methods for measuring functional effects of large or repeated tissue distortions, identified injury tolerances and response cascades, and translated these basic research discoveries to preclinical therapeutic trials to mitigate and prevent brain and lung injuries in children and adults.


Dr. Margulies earned her B.S.E in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. After a postdoctoral fellowship and faculty appointment at Mayo Medical School, she joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. 

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