Soft Tissue Injury and Repair
Graduate Assistantships
Ph.D and MS

The Engineering Department at The University of Georgia is seeking
individuals interested in working on graduate degrees in the area of
biomechanics. 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.

The overall objective of this program is to provide advanced
engineering training which 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,

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

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 are able to 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.
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
Dr. Gary Dudley, Ph.D., Exercise Science
studies the mechanism of muscle injury, especially due to
disuse in aging populations
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 Densiometer for tissue density
measurements, Vitrodyne Material Tester, 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

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