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Michael S. Richards, Ph.D.

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Dr. Richards received his Bachelor of Science with in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester followed by a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University. His postdoctoral training was completed in the Department of Radiology, Basic Radiological Sciences Division at the University of Michigan and at the University of Rochester, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Currently, he is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery. His research interests focus on the biomechanics of soft tissues and measuring the changes in mechanical properties of diseased tissues using clinical imaging modalities.


Dr. Richards is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. His research is focused on the development, validation and implementation of elasticity imaging, or elastography, for diagnosing vascular diseases. Elastography is a technique to noninvasively image and measure soft tissue deformations and quantify their mechanical properties in vivo. Unlike other imaging techniques, it offers the capability to provide physicians with entirely new diagnostic information (e.g. tissue stiffness) using established medical imaging techniques. From an academic perspective, elastography brings to the field of biomechanics the investigation of in vivo living organs and tissues under physiologically or medically relevant loading conditions. Within this field, many different techniques have been developed to study a variety of tissue types or pathologies. Most elastographic techniques consist of (1) some mechanical perturbation of tissue, (2) monitoring of the tissue deformation with an imaging system, (3) an image motion estimation technique and (4) inference of the mechanical properties from the measured response. In his experience as a researcher in the field, he has worked on the development or improvement of all these aspects of elastography, however the bulk of his contributions have been in using the equations of motion and mechanical models to characterize the mechanical properties of tissue. His current work focusses the study of arterial mechanics and the risk assessment associate with the abdominal aortic aneurysm disease progression.



BS | University of Rochester
Biomedical Engineering

MS | Boston University
Biomedical Engineering

PhD | Boston University
Biomedical Engineering


Journal Articles

Kotelsky A, Woo CW, Delgadillo LF, Richards MS, Buckley MR. "An Alternative Method to Characterize the Quasi-Static, Nonlinear Material Properties of Murine Articular Cartilage." Journal of biomechanical engineering.. 2018 Jan 1; 140(1)

Mix DS, Yang L, Johnson CC, Couper N, Zarras B, Arabadjis I, Trakimas LE, Stoner MC, Day SW, Richards MS. "Detecting Regional Stiffness Changes in Aortic Aneurysmal Geometries Using Pressure-Normalized Strain." Ultrasound in medicine & biology.. 2017 Oct; 43(10):2372-2394. Epub 2017 Jul 17.

Chimenti RL, Bucklin M, Kelly M, Ketz J, Flemister AS, Richards MS, Buckley MR. "Insertional achilles tendinopathy associated with altered transverse compressive and axial tensile strain during ankle dorsiflexion." Journal of orthopaedic research : official publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society.. 2017 Apr; 35(4):910-915. Epub 2016 Jun 23.