Dr. Sophia Theodossiou joined Boise State University in July 2022 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering and the director of the Theodossiou Lab. The Theodossiou Lab’s overall research objective is to understand how mechanical and biochemical signals result in musculoskeletal tissue formation during normal development, with the goal of using developmentally-inspired cues to regenerate these tissues following injury or disease. The Theodossiou Lab employs several interdisciplinary approaches, including animal and human cellular models, custom biomaterial scaffolds, and 3D printing, to explore how musculoskeletal tissues form from cells, with a focus on muscles and tendons.
Dr. Theodossiou earned her B.A. (2012) in Anthropology and Human Biology from Northwestern University, and her Ph.D. (2020) in Biological Engineering from the University of Idaho, where she was named the Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate in the College of Engineering. Dr. Theodossiou completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and the Tufts University Department of Biomedical Engineering in Boston, Massachusetts. As a postdoctoral fellow, she was awarded the NIH Organ Design and Engineering Training Program (ODET) and Institutional Research and Career Development Award (IRACDA) fellowships to bring innovative research and teaching methods into the engineering lab and classroom.