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    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

    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
    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 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.

    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. 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
    * 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
    * 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
    More information on our graduate program and an application can be obtained
    Dr. Brahm Verma
    Graduate Coordinator
    Driftmier Engineering Center
    The University of Georgia
    Athens, Ga 30602-4435
    or by email WebSite:
    An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution