Dr. Barclay Morrison III is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, director of the Neurotrauma and Repair Laboratory, and Vice Dean of Undergraduate Programs in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Morrison received his B.S. in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1992, his M.S.E and Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and 1999, respectively, and continued his academic training as a post-doctoral fellow in the Clinical Neurosciences department at Southampton University, UK.
Dr. Morrison’s research focus is on the biomechanics of traumatic brain injury at the tissue level to better prevent brain injuries, as well as on the biochemical, genomic, and molecular pathways responsible for post-traumatic cell death in the search for novel therapies to better treat brain injuries. He has published over 75 scientific manuscripts in both nationally and internationally recognized, peer-reviewed, journals, and has presented his research at both national and international conferences. He serves as a council member and vice president for the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury and is associate editor for the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and the Journal of Neurotrauma. In 2001, Dr. Morrison was the recipient of the Rickard Skalak Best Paper Award given by the American Society for Mechanical Engineers for his publication in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and in 2003 the John Paul Stapp Award for the best paper for his contribution to that year’s Stapp Car Crash Journal. More recently, he was the keynote speaker at the 2009 annual conference of the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury. Dr. Morrison’s work has been funded by private foundations, governmental agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Morrison is also actively engaged in educating the next generation of biomedical engineers, teaching Quantitative Physiology II as well as a neurophysiology module in BME Laboratory II at Columbia University.