The faculty award of excellence in research and creative activities is an award granted to FIU faculty which show exemplary qualities when it comes to their work. For their 2022 award recipient, biomedical engineering faculty, Dr. Nikolaous Tsoukias was granted this award for his exceptional research and innovative projects.

Dr. Tsoukias received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1994. Later in 1999 he received his doctoral in Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. After completing his three-year research fellowship at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, he joined Florida International University in 2003. Tsoukias is currently an Associate Professor with research interests in computational and mathematical modeling; biotransport; signal transduction; and cardiovascular and respiratory systems physiology. He is involved in the engineered tissue model systems research and focuses on cell and engineered tissue mechanics with application in cardiovascular regenerative medicine. Prior to receiving this award, Tsoukias was the 2006 recipient of the Arthur C. Gyuton award for excellence in integrative physiology. His research has been supported by the American Heart Association and the National Institute of Health, contributing to the cardiovascular research community. Dr. Tsoukias has authored more than 50 peer reviewed publications in archived journals, contributed more than 75 abstracts in conference proceedings, and received 2 patents.