Associate Professor

Cellular Biology and Anatomy

 R&E Building, CB707

Dr. Meghan McGee-Lawrence is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. 

She received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering (emphasis in skeletal biomechanics) from Michigan Technological University and completed postdoctoral training in Cell / Molecular Biology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. 

Dr. McGee-Lawrence serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research (Springer Nature), and serves as a member of the Communications committee of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Women in Bone and Mineral Research committee of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, and the Future Global Leaders committee for the International Federation of Musculoskeletal Research Societies. 

She is also an Ambassador for the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and has served on the Skeletal Biology Development and Disease (SBDD) study section for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. McGee-Lawrence’s research focuses on the roles of epigenetics, hormone signaling, and mechanobiological changes in skeletal degeneration during aging.  In particular, the goal of her research program is to understand mechanisms involved in the maintenance and regeneration of bone structure and biomechanical strength, and uncovering the integrative physiological mechanisms by which the skeleton interacts with other body systems like fat and muscle.

This program emphasizes epigenetic and mechanobiological therapeutic targets for skeletal treatment, mechanical competence of tissue, and pathways involved in skeletal communication, and has produced more than 60 peer-reviewed research articles published in major refereed journals.  Dr. McGee-Lawrence is currently a Principal Investigator on research funded by the NIH National Institute on Aging, the National Science Foundation, and the American Diabetes Association.