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Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: engr-sss@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: cmmorrison@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach

Tendon Tissue Team: Sophia Theodossiou

Sophia Theodossiou

Doctoral Candidate, Biological Engineering

Hometown: Athens, Greece

Sophia’s Hands-On Experience is Made Possible Through:
John F. Keegan Fellowship - Established in honor of John F. Keegan, the fellowship supports applied research in areas of medical technology that would benefit most from the application of engineering discipline and expertise.

Keegan, 1875-1942, supervised the installation and testing of all mechanical and electrical equipment in the Vanderbult Hotel in New York while it was under construction and was chief engineer from its 1910 opening to his death in 1942.

Before that, he worked in the engine room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, where he constructed a small laboratory at the hotel for famous electrical engineer Nikola Tesla.

Sophia’s Research:
Sophia Theodossiou has worked in Schiele’s lab since 2016. As the only doctoral candidate in the lab, Theodossiou works alongside each of the undergraduates to help them with their projects.

This gives Theodossiou ample opportunity for involvement in a lot of projects to better understand how tendons develop, how they’re injured and what factors impact these processes.

“Tendons don’t heal well. If you injure yours, there’s not a ton you can do. We’re trying to figure out how to come up with a replacement; It might be a real tendon, it might be an engineering material or it could be something else.”

More of the research focus this year has been on the effect of mechanical loads, or the force from movement, placed on tendons during development.

In a collaborative project with Idaho State University, the team is investigating how walking during early development may change the overall strength of tendons. A publication on their findings was published this year.

Theodossiou was born in Athens, Greece, and moved to Chicago for her undergraduate in biology and anthropology. Longing for the mountains, she applied to U of I for a master’s program in anthropology, but quickly realized that wasn’t for her and started working full-time in Moscow.

When she decided she wanted to return to school, it only took a meeting with Schiele for her to decide on biological engineering and pursing a doctorate.

“I found that I just loved the research, classes and career path,” she said. “Also, Moscow is a great town. We’re close to a lot of opportunities for outdoor recreation. There is a huge amount of diversity for how small the town is.”

Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: engr-sss@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: cmmorrison@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach