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    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

    An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution