Alexander Boys

ajb459_61B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering,
Lehigh University, 2013

M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering,
Cornell University, 2016



Alex is a NIH fellow and Ph.D. candidate working on the characterization and synthesis of the  meniscal entheses, the attachment points of the meniscus into the tibia in the knee. He has developed a protocol for spatially mapping the strains and constituents across the meniscal enthesis during tensile loading. He also is working to design a meniscal enthesis construct using kinetic and mechanical principles. Alex works jointly in the Estroff Group in Materials Science and Engineering.


Posters and Presentations

  • AJ Boys, JAMR Kunitake, GR Waidyaratne, I Cohen, LJ Bonassar, LA Estroff. “Characterizing the Structure-Function Relationship of the Meniscal Entheses via Microstrain Mapping and Raman Spectroscopy” MRS 2015 Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, 2015, Poster.
  • AJ Boys, CR Henak, I Cohen, LA Estroff, LJ Bonassar. “High Resolution Strain Mapping of the Meniscal Entheses” ORS 2016 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2016, Podium Presentation.
  • KM Chan, AJ Boys, LJ Bonassar, LA Estroff, “Characterization of Articular Cartilage by Raman Spectromicroscopy” 2016 BMES Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, Poster.
  • AJ Boys, JAMR Kunitake, LA Estroff, LJ Bonassar, “Raman Microscopy Reveals Local Morphological Features in the Meniscal Entheses” ORS 2017 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2017, Late-breaking Podium Presentation.
  • AJ Boys, JAMR Kunitake, LJ Bonassar, LA Estroff, “Characterization of Compositional Gradients by Raman Spectromicroscopy of the Meniscal Entheses” 12th ICCBMT, Potsdam, Germany, 2017, Podium Presentation.

Honors and Awards

  • NIH F31 Fellowship
  • NSF EAPSI Fellowship
  • Donald E. and Lauren B. Morel Graduate Fellowship in Materials Science
  • John McMullen Scholarship
  • Dow Scholarship
  • Bradley Stoughton Student Award
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Alpha Sigma Mu


Alex is from Schwenksville, PA. He went to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA for his undergraduate degree. He enjoys playing soccer and various other sports. Alex is involved in outreach at Cornell, designing primary education classroom laboratory activities to introduce students to engineering.

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