Elisa Konofagou, PhD

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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.

View Dr. Konofagou's full profile on the Columbia Engineering website.

Academic Appointments

  • Robert and Margaret Hariri Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Radiology (Physics)


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BSc, 1992 Chemical Physics, Paris VI: Université de Pierre et Marie Curie
  • MSc, 1993 Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College
  • PhD, 1999 Biomedical Engineering, University of Houston