Kyriacos A. Athanasiou is the Henry Samueli Chair in Engineering and a Distinguished Professor at the University of California at Irvine and a bioengineer. He studied at Brescia College for a time after his military service. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the New York Institute of Technology at Old Westbury. He earned an additional master’s degree, a Ph.M. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.
After graduating from college with his Ph.D., he became an assistant professor at the University of Texas before becoming a full professor at Rice University, where he established a bioengineering research group focusing on cartilages within the human musculoskeletal system. Their work on cartilage defects in vivo has helped scientists understand how cartilage cells behave and why cartilage healing is so difficult. He has published hundreds of articles on biomedical research regarding cartilage and tissue engineering approaches.
He has co-founded fifteen different companies, including Osteobiologics and Vidacare, which have since been acquired by other firms. He has served as the President of the Biomedical Engineering Society and Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Mechanical Engineers and the Biomedical Engineering Society.
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Kyriacos A. Athanasiou is a Cypriot-American bioengineer who has contributed significantly to both academic advancements as well as high-technology industries. He is currently a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Irvine. He joined UCI from the University of California, Davis where he also served as the Chair of the Biomedical Engineering department. Before joining the University of California in 2009, he was the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor at Rice University. He has published hundreds of scientific articles detailing structure-function relationships and tissue engineering approaches for articular cartilage, the knee meniscus, and the temporomandibular joint.Source: Wikipedia
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