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Marjolein C.H. van der Meulen

  • Marjolein C.H. van der Meulen
  • Dept: Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Title: James M. and Marsha McCormick Chair of Biomedical Engineering; Swanson Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Address: 113 Weill
  • Phone: 607 255-1445
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Marjolein van der Meulen is the James M. and Marsha McCormick Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Swanson Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and a Senior Scientist in the Research Division of the Hospital for Special Surgery. Before joining the faculty at Cornell Marjolein worked for three years as a biomedical engineer at the Rehabilitation R&D Center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Palo Alto, California. In 1995 she received an NIH FIRST Award and in 1999 an NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award. Marjolein is a member of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), the American and European Societies of Biomechanics, and the Orthopaedic Research Society. She is Secretary of the Orthopaedic Research Society. She was a Deputy Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, member of the ASBMR Task Force on Atypical Femur Fractures, and member for the Skeletal Biology Structure and Regeneration (SBSR) Study Section at NIH.
Pronunciation: MAHR-yo-line

Research Interests

Professor van der Meulen's research in orthopaedic biomechanics focuses on the interaction between mechanical stimuli and the skeleton, and the mechanical properties of musculoskeletal tissues. She is interested in the modulation of bone growth by mechanical loading and in the the determinants of skeletal structure and load bearing function, both areas relevant to diseases such as osteoporosis. To search for her publications, use ResearcherID=D-1549-2010.

Teaching Interests

Professor van der Meulen has taught a variety of required classes in mechanics of materials and design. In addition, she teaches electives in biomechanics.

Service Interests

Professor van der Meulen is the James M. and Marsha McCormick Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Previously she served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering. She was a Co-PI and co-founder of the NSF-funded CU-ADVANCE Center for the hiring, promotion, retention and advancement of women faculty. She also serves on the advisory board of Diversity Programs in Engineering.

Selected Publications

  • Kim, Grace, Adele L. Boskey, Shefford P. Baker, Marjolein van der Meulen. 2012. "Improved prediction of rat cortical bone mechanical behavior using composite beam theory to integrate tissue level properties.." J Biomech 45: 2784-2790.
  • Shane, E., D. Burr, P. Ebeling, B. Abrahamsen, R. Adler, T D. Brown, A. Cheung, F. Cosman, J. Curtis, R. Dell, D. Dempster, T. Einhorn, H K. Genant, P. Geusens, K. Klaushofer, K. Kobal, F. McKeirnan, J M. Lane, R. McKinney, A. Ng, J. Nieves, C. Odvina, R. O'Keefe, S. Papapoulos, H. Tet Sen, Marjolein van der Meulen, R. Weinstein, M Whyte. 2010. "Atypical subtrochanteric and diaphyseal femoral fractures: Report of a Task Force of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research." J Bone Miner Res 25 (11): 2267-94.
  • Lynch, M. E., R. P. Main, Q. Xu, D. J. Walsh, M. B. Schaffler, T. M. Wright, Marjolein van der Meulen. 2010. "Cancellous bone adaptation to dynamic tibial compression is not sex-dependent in growing mice." J Appl Physiol 109 (3): 685-691.
  • Donnelly, E., A. L. Boskey, Shefford P. Baker, Marjolein van der Meulen. 2010. "Effects of tissue age on bone tissue material composition and nanomechanical properties in the rat cortex." J Biomed Mater Res Part A 92 (3): 1048-56.
  • van der Meulen, Marjolein, K. J. Jepsen, B. Mikic. 2001. "Understanding bone strength: size isn't everything." Bone 29 (2): 101-4.

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • Fellow (American Association for the Advancement of Science) 2014
  • Women's Leadership Award (Orthopaedic Research Society) 2015
  • Keynote Speaker, Advance Program Launch (Rochester Institute of Technology) 2014
  • Robert '55 and Vanne '57 Cowie Excellence in Teaching Award (Cornell University, College of Engineering) 2011
  • Fellow (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) 2010



  • BS (Mechanical Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987
  • MS (Mechanical Engineering), Stanford University, 1989
  • Ph D (Mechanical Engineering), Stanford University, 1993