Stavros Thomopoulos

Professor of Biomechanics (in Orthopedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering)
Carroll Laboratories of Orthopedic Research
Columbia University
Black Building, Room 1408
650 W 168 ST
New York, NY 10032-3702
Phone: 212-305-5124
Research Areas:

Development, structure-function, repair, and tissue engineering of the tendon-to-bone attachment.

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Dr. Thomopoulos holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University, and Masters of Science degrees in both mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan. He completed his doctoral studies in biomedical engineering in 2001 through the University of Michigan. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University in Biomedical Engineering, he started a faculty position at Washington University in 2003. Dr. Thomopoulos joined Columbia University in 2015 as a full professor and the director of the Carroll Laboratories.

Dr. Thomopoulos specializes in the development, structure-function, repair, and tissue engineering of the tendon-to-bone attachment. He has published numerous papers and one book (“Structural Interfaces and Attachments in Biology”) on the topic. He leads a laboratory that includes trainees at multiple levels (undergraduates, Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows, and staff scientists) and collaborates across multiple schools and departments. Dr. Thomopoulos’ research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). He has received numerous awards for his research, including the YC Fung Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Neer Award for Basic Science Research in the Shoulder from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society, and the Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


1991 – 1995 
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering
Columbia University

1995 – 1997
Masters of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan

1997 – 1998
Masters of Science, Biomedical Engineering
University of Michigan

1998 – 2001
Doctor of Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering 
University of Michigan (hosted by the University of Pennsylvania)



Postdoctoral Training

2001 – 2003
Postdoctoral fellowship
Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

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