Elisa Konofagou Elected to 2021 IEEE Class of Fellows

Dec 02 2021 | By Alexis Newman | Photo Credit: Eileen Barroso

I share this honor with all my co-authors, including current and prior members of my group, our fellow collaborators, and my doctoral and postdoctoral mentors.

Elisa Konofagou
Robert and Margaret Hariri Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Radiology, Columbia University

Elisa Konofagou, the Robert and Margaret Hariri Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Radiology at Columbia University, has been elected to the 2021 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Class of Fellows for her contributions to ultrasound for cardiovascular and cancer diagnosis, neuromodulation, and brain drug delivery.

"I started attending the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium as a bright-eyed, new PhD student and it quickly became, and remains to this day, my favorite annual meeting where I get to catch up with both the science as well as friends and colleagues from around the world every year," says Konofagou. "Later on, I discovered how big the IEEE Society really is, with over 400,000 members in over 160 countries, while also attending other favorite conferences such as the International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging. My group publishes regularly in several IEEE journals in the field, including IEEE Transactions in Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, IEEE Transactions in Medical Imaging, and IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering. I am therefore deeply humbled and extremely honored to be elevated to IEEE Fellow. I share this honor with all my co-authors, including current and prior members of my group, our fellow collaborators, and my doctoral and postdoctoral mentors."

As Director of the Ultrasound and Elasticity Imaging Laboratory, Konofagou’s research focuses on the development of novel elasticity imaging techniques and therapeutic ultrasound methods and, more notably, focused ultrasound in the brain for drug delivery and stimulation, myocardial elastography, electromechanical and pulse wave imaging, harmonic motion imaging with several clinical collaborations in the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and elsewhere.

Konofagou is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, the IEEE in Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society, the Acoustical Society of America, and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Konofagou has co-authored more than 250 published articles in the aforementioned fields. She is also a technical committee member of the Acoustical Society of America, the International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound, the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology conference, the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

Konofagou serves as associate editor for the journals of IEEE Transactions in Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, Ultrasonic Imaging, and Medical Physics, and is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the NIH Edward C. Nagy New Investigator Award, and the IEEE-EMBS Technological Achievement Award as well as additional recognitions by the American Heart Association, the Acoustical Society of America, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the Wallace H. Coulter foundation, the Bodossaki foundation, the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers, and the Radiological Society of North America.

Konofagou received a BS in chemical physics from Université de Paris 6 in 1992, a MS in biomedical engineering from Imperial College (London) in 1993, and a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Houston in 1999.