- Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2022
- M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2021
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2016
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, 2019-2022
- Whitaker International Fellowship, 2016-2017
Dr. Parigoris' area of expertise lies in biomechanics, with an emphasis on tissue and cell mechanics. His training and education include mechanical and biomedical engineering.
Dr. Parigoris' research efforts have applied similar mechanical concepts to biological cells as engineers do to planes, trains, and automobiles. He has worked to apply his skills and knowledge of tissue and cell mechanics to larger scale biomechanical problems, including slip, trip, and fall accidents, biomechanical accident reconstruction, and injury investigation and claims.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Parigoris completed his doctoral studies in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, where he was the recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. His skills include advanced microscopy techniques, microfabrication and soft lithography, three-dimensional cell cultures, and in vitro model development for both healthy and diseased states. His thesis was focused on the development of organoids, or 3D balls of cells that mimic an organ of interest, to study breast cancer invasion and chronic kidney disease. He also worked on the determination of the mechanical properties of the organoids, utilizing the application of continuous fluid shear stress.
Dr. Parigoris also completed a Whitaker International Fellowship at ETH Zurich, where he studied the stiffness and deformability of cancer cells, and how these mechanical considerations may aid in the early detection of cancer. Dr. Parigoris' background in cellular biomechanics also includes analyzing the role of mechanics in drug delivery systems and in biologically-based malnutrition.