Michael J. Moore, PhD

Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

School of Science and Engineering
(504) 247-1919
Office Address
Lindy Boggs Building, Suite 500 New Orleans, LA 70118
School of Medicine
M. Moore


Michael was born in Kimball, NE and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He received his B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering shortly after marrying his wife Lisa. They then moved to Rochester, MN, where Michael attended the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He pursued Ph.D. research in the development of a biodegradable spinal cord implant under the direction of Prof. Michael Yaszemski and Prof. Anthony Windebank, and completed his Ph.D. in 2005. Dr. Moore then went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he conducted postdoctoral research in drug delivery for retinal neuroprotection under the direction of Prof. Robert Langer at MIT and Dr. Michael J. Young of the Schepens Eye Research Institute at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Moore joined the Tulane Biomedical Engineering faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2007. He and his wife Lisa and their three children live in the Broadmoor neighborhood in New Orleans.


  • Microscale technologies for study of central nervous system growth, regeneration, and physiology
  • Relationship between neural architecture and function, and the effects of the extracellular microenvironment on neural growth and guidance
  • Neurogenesis during aging and its impact on neurodegenerative disorders

Our goals are to develop translational strategies for optic nerve regeneration  by: 1) building in vitro models in which we can systematically alter the structural, molecular, and physiological microenvironments and study their effects on retinal axon regeneration; and 2) developing multifaceted treatment strategies to be tested with in vivo studies.