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Tim Foutz
06-23-1997, 07:06 AM
Biomechanics
Biological Engineering
Graduate Assistantships
(immediate need to fill this position)

The Engineering Department at The University of Georgia is seeking
individuals interested in working on graduate degrees in the area of
biomechanics. Although all applicants will be considered, our laboratory is
interested in finding students who wish to work in the area of soft
tissue repair mechanism and have a background in biochemistry and
physiology. Currently, graduate assistanship stipend are
$1123/month(PhD) and $1047/month (MS) with waiver of tuition.
Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. This
unique and rigorous program includes advanced coursework in biological
sciences, monthly colloquia, apprenticeship in a biological laboratory and
instructional mentoring. Outstanding students from the physical, applied,
biological and engineering sciences are encouraged to
apply.

Purpose
The general objective of this program is to provide advanced engineering
training that meets the technical challenges and opportunities of new biological
discoveries. The education and training of these Fellows are focused on
discipline-based Biological Engineering instead of the traditional
practice-based training.

Faculty Member
Timothy Lee Foutz, Ph.D., P.E.,
Associate Professor
(706)-542-0868
tfoutz@bae.uga.edu
Education:
Ph.D. 1988 Biological and Agricultural Engineering,
North Carolina State University.
Dissertation: Mechanical Modeling of Biological Tissues
M.S. 1983 Biological and Agricultural Engineering,
North Carolina State University
B.S. 1980 Biological and Agricultural Engineering,
North Carolina State University
WebSite: http://ice.bae.uga.edu/

Research Theme
One theme of the research conducted in Dr. Foutz' laboratory is to conduct
pioneering research on the repair mechanisms of injured soft tissues (e.g.,
tendons, ligaments and muscles), ranging from investigations at the cellular
level to clinical studies in humans and animals. Damaged tendon or synovial
cells can signal their injury and to initiate pathways, including blood vessel
formation, aimed at tissue repair. Our program works closely with
collaborators in a variety of fields with the hope to be able to understand the
biochemical and biomechanical mechanisms involved in the basic
physiological processes.

Other research themes include tendon reaction to infection, bone cellular
response to mechanical disuse and drug effects on animal gait. The University
of Georgia has provided strong support for this discipline-based Biological
Engineering program with over $1.75 million invested in the last five years to
develop facilities specific to Biological Engineering.

Collaborators
Dr. Jaroslava Halper, Ph.D. M.D. College of Veterinary Medicine
Studies of the role of growth factors in skin wound healing.
Dr. George Rowland, Ph.D., DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine
Studies the cause and effects of tendon and bone injuries in birds
particularly to disuse and avian reovirus.
Dr. William Kisaalita, Ph.D., Biological Engineering
Studies second messenger signaling in soft tissue and at the
single cell level and has special interest in biophysics and
biosensors
Dr. Steve Budsberg, MS, DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine
Surgeon of small animal medicine and investigates knee ligament
injuries in dogs.

Research Projects
* Vascular changes and the expression of growth factors in injured avian
tendons
* The basic viscoelastic properties of broiler gastrocnemius tendon
* Assessment of the tensile strength of the gastrocnemius tendon in broiler
breeders experimentally infected with avian reovirus
* Evaluation of limb symetrics using ground reaction forces in dogs
* Mathematical modeling of soft case materials in vivo
* Polypropylene Mesh as a Medial Collateral Ligament Replacement in the
Dog.
* Experimental and clinical studies of skeletal fixators

Laboratory Facilities
Approximately 1100 square feet of space divided into two rooms, one for soft
tissue and cellular mechanics and the other for gait analysis. Equipment
include BTS 4 camera 3- D motion analysis system with EMG capabilities,
ATM ground reaction force plates, Hologic QDR-1500 X-Ray Densitometer
for tissue density measurements, Vitrodyne Material Tester, Video
Dimensional Analyzer and various strain gauge units for deformation
measurements, ultrasound, CAT scan, Sensometric Metabolic Unit. Equipment
available at collaborating laboratories include tissue culture, protein
purification, RNA and DNA work, Olympus inverted research microscope and
imaging analysis equipment and various items for monitoring intracellular
signaling.
More information on our graduate program and an application can be obtained
from:
Dr. Brahm Verma
Graduate Coordinator
Driftmier Engineering Center
The University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602-4435
or by email
gradprog@bae.uga.edu WebSite: http://ice.bae.uga.edu/dept/positions.html#7
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