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Sophia Maggelakis



  • Higher Ed: Mathematics, Higher Ed: Science, Higher Ed: Administrator 


Dr. Maggelakis holds a Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics. In her 20 year tenure at RIT, Dean Maggelakis formed and led the School of Mathematical Sciences (SMS) that houses one of the college's largest academic unit consisting of three undergraduate programs in Applied Mathematics, Computational Mathematics, and Applied Statistics, a graduate program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, and two research centers - the Center for Applied and Computational Mathematics and the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation. She formed the Summer Mathematics Institute in 2008 to create collaboration opportunities with K-12 community and to be part of the national effort to develop mathematical sciences literate citizenry.

Dr. Maggelakis' research area is Mathematical Biology, in particular the mathematical modeling of biological mechanisms and processes, such as tumor growth, capillary growth, wound healing, and retinopathy. In this area, Dr. Maggelakis has published book chapters, refereed journal articles, and presented numerous papers at national and international conferences. Dr. Maggelakis is a recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching and Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She has led and implemented a program that revamped the delivery of the Science and Engineering calculus curriculum and significantly increased student success rates.

Dean Magelakis is a mentor for the Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Group of Rochester, and she participates by giving motivational talks about mathematics and its applications to various groups of high school students. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Rochester Area Colleges Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honors Society, the Society for Mathematical Biology, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Mathematical Society.


Mathematical Modeling
Mathematical Biology
STEM Education 


"The Effect of Bacteria on Epidermal Wound Healing," accepted to appear in a special volume of Mathematical Modeling Natural Phenomena, (2010) with Ephraim Agyingi and David Ross.

"Optimizing Student Success in Calculus," PRIMUS, XVII (3): 284-299, 2007, with C. Lutzer.

"Modeling the Role of Angiogenesis in Epidermal Wound Healing," Special Issue of Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, Volume 4, No. 1, 2003.

"A Mathematical Model of Tissue Replacement During Epidermal Wound Healing," Applied Mathematical Modelling, 27, pp. 189-196, 2003.

"Modeling Techniques in Epidermal Wound Healing," an Invited Chapter, Computational Methods in Biophysics, Biomaterials, Biotechnology and Medical Systems, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Volume 2, 2003, with A. E. Savakis.

"Modeling the Effects of Angiogenic Factors on Tumor-related Angiogenesis and Vascularization," an Invited Chapter in Mathematical Models in Medical and Health Science, Vanderbilt University Press, pp.247, 1999.

"A Mathematical Model of Retinal Neovascularization," Mathematical and Computer Modeling, Vol. 29, No 2, pp. 91-97, 1999, with A. E. Savakis.

"Models of Shrinking Clusters with Applications to Epidermal Wound Healing," Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Vol. 25, No. 6, pp. 1-6, 1997, with A. E. Savakis.
"A Mathematical Model of Growth Factor Induced Capillary Growth in the Retina," Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Vol. 24, No.7, pp. 33-41, 1996, with A. E. Savakis.

"The Effects of Tumor Angiogenesis Factor (TAF) and Tumor Inhibitor Factors (TIF's) on Tumor Vascularization: A Mathematical Model," Invited Paper, Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Vol. 23, No. 6, pp. 121-133, 1996, Special Issue.

"Heat Transfer in Tissue Containing a Prevascular Tumor," Applied Mathematics Letters, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 7-10, 1995, with A.E. Savakis.

"Type- and Type- Transforming Growth Factors as Regulators of Cancer Cellular Growth: A Mathematical Model," Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Vol. 18, No. 7, pp. 9-16, 1993.