Karen Burg, Ph.D.
Karen Burg, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor
Vice President for Research

Paul D. Coverdell Center


Dr. Karen Burg earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, with a minor in biochemical engineering, from North Carolina State University and master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in bioengineering from Clemson University. She subsequently completed a tissue engineering postdoctoral fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center. Prior to joining UGA, Dr. Burg served as vice president for research and a professor of chemical engineering at Kansas State University from 2014 to 2016. Prior to joining Kansas State University, Burg served as interim vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at Clemson University from 2011 to 2014, and interim vice provost for research and innovation from 2007 to 2011, during which time she established the South Carolina Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering. Burg joined the Clemson University faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor of bioengineering. In 2005, she was promoted to full professor and was named the university’s Hunter Endowed Chair & Professor of Bioengineering; in 2015 she was named Hunter Endowed Chair & Professor Emerita at Clemson University. Currently, Dr. Burg is a Professor and the Harbor Lights Endowed Chair in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.

Selected Publications

“Toxic Effects of Resazurin on Cell Cultures”, R Pace, KJL Burg, Cytotechnology, 67(1):13-17, 2015.

“Simulator-Based Assessment of Haptic Surgical Skill: A Comparative Study”, R Singapogu, LO Long, D Smith, T Burg, C Pagano, V Prabhu, KJL Burg, Surgical Innovation, 22(2):183-188, 2015. DOI: 10.1177/1553350614537119

“Bone Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine: Targeting Pathological Fractures”, DT Nguyen, KJL Burg, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A, DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.35139, 2014.

“Engineering and Science Student Preparedness for Research: Exploring the Connections Between Student Identity and Readiness for Research”, E McCave, JA Gilmore, KJL Burg, 121st American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. 2014.

“Role of Vascularity for Successful Bone Formation and Repair”, SM Tabbaa, CO Horton, KJ Jeray, KJL Burg, Critical Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, 42(3-4):319-348, 2014. DOI: 10.1615/CritRevBiomedEng.2014011662

Educational Activities

Conference of Southern Graduate Schools

Member, Executive Committee, 2014
Member, Master’s Thesis Awards Committee, 2012-2014

National Academy of Inventors

Member, Board of Directors, 2015-
Member, Nominations Committee, 2015
Member, Technology and Innovation Editorial Board, 2015-

National Society for Histotechnology

Editor, Journal of Histotechnology, 2006-

Society For Biomaterials

Member, Public Relations Task Force, 2015
Member, Awards, Ceremonies & Nominations Committee, 2015-2016
Chair, Society For Biomaterials President’s Advisory Committee, 2012-2013
President 2011-2012
Co-Chair, World Biomaterials Congress Pitch Committee, 2010-2011
Chair, Meetings Committee, 2010-2011
President-Elect, 2010-2011
Officer and Board Member, 2010-2014
Chair, Long Range Planning Committee, 2010-2011
Member, Program Committee, 2010 Annual Meeting & Exposition
Program Chair, 2009 Annual Meeting & Exposition
Member, Meetings Committee, 2007-2008
Member, Program Committee, 2007 Annual Meeting & Exposition
Officer and Council Member, 2005-2014
Member, ex officio, Publications Committee, 2005-2011
Member, Awards, Nominations and Ceremonies Committee, 2005-2006
Member, Long Range Planning Committee, 2005-2006
Vice President, Cell Organ Therapy Special Interest Group, 2005-2006
Member, 31st Annual Meeting Program Committee, 2004-2005
Member, Publication Committee, 2001- 2004

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society

Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, World Congress Meeting, 2015
Representative, North American Council, 2008-2011

Scholarship & Research

Absorbable polymers


Regenerative engineering

Science and engineering education

3D tissue test systems