Stavros Thomopoulos, PhD

  • Robert E. Carroll and Jane Chace Carroll Laboratories Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
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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.

Academic Appointments

  • Robert E. Carroll and Jane Chace Carroll Laboratories Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Carroll Laboratories for Orthopedic Surgery
  • Vice Chair, Basic Science Research in Orthopedic Surgery


  • Male

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 1995 Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University
  • MS, 1997 Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • PhD, 2001 Biomedical Engineering (hosted by the University of Pennsylvania), University of Michigan
  • Fellowship: 2003 Columbia University