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Kyriacos Athanasiou named to Greek university board of trustees

Posted on: December 5, 2012

Kyriacos Athanasiou has received extensive recognition for his accomplishments in engineering from his home country, Cyprus, and also neighboring Greece. The chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Child Family Endowed Chair in Engineering at UC Davis, Athanasiou received the Nemitsas Prize in November, the highest honor a Cypriot scientist can receive. Later that month, the University of Thessaly, Greece named Athanasiou to its Board of Trustees.

Kyriacos received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University in 1989, and joined the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2009. Kyriacosí research focuses on understanding and enhancing the healing processes of cartilage through the use of biodegradable scaffolds designed to incorporate suitable bioactive agents and signals to regenerate cartilage.

The University of Thessaly, Greece opened in 1984 and serves as an important center for intellectual growth in Greece. As a member of the Board of Trustees, Athanasiou will be responsible for guiding the future development of the University and its impact on academia. All of the awards and commendations that Athanasiou has received reflect the impressive impact that his work in biomedical engineering has on the global community.

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