Bioengineer Joins UGA’s Vet College

Karen J. L. Burg, Ph.D., has joined the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine as its Harbor Lights Chair in Small Animal Studies. Dr. Burg is one of five professors to be hired under UGA President Jere W. Morehead’s Presidential Extraordinary Research Faculty Hiring Initiative, which launched in 2014 to help bring internationally recognized scholars to UGA.

“Dr. Burg brings an extraordinary record of accomplishment to the University of Georgia, and she will play a significant role in expanding this institution’s capacity to inquire and innovate to improve human health,” said Pamela Whitten, Ph.D., senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Burg is a bioengineer whose work focuses on absorbable polymers, biofabrication and tissue engineering. Seven of her inventions have been patented, according to the UGA.

“Dr. Burg will collaborate with our faculty working in regenerative medicine who are focused on treating conditions in animals and humans that will benefit from cells and tissues grown in the laboratory,” said Sheila W. Allen, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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