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Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Karen Burg

Ph.D., M.S., B.S.
Harbor Lights Endowed Chair

Educational Background

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.

Research Interests

  • Absorbable polymers
  • Biofabrication
  • Regenerative engineering
  • Science and engineering education
  • 3D tissue test systems


  • Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2015
  • Fellow, National Academy of Inventors, 2014
  • EMBS Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society, 2015-2016
  • Inaugural Ambassador, American Association for the Advancement of Science-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program, 2014
  • 2008 Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Sigma Xi Outstanding Researcher Award, 2008
  • National Society for Histotechnology Award, 2007
  • Fellow, American Council on Education, 2006
  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2006
  • AORF Research Prize, Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen (AO) Foundation, Switzerland, 2006
  • 2007 Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence
  • The Governor’s Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, 2006
  • National Society for Histotechnology C.F.A. Culling Lecture Award, 2006
  • Clemson University College of Engineering and Science Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, 2006
  • 2006 Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence
  • 2005 Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Department of Defense Era of Hope Scholars Award, 2004
  • 2004 Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Named to MIT Technology Review’s TR100 Young Innovators List, 2003
  • 2003 Clemson University Outstanding Woman Faculty Award
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recipient, 2002
  • 2002 Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career (CAREER) Award recipient, 2001
  • Inducted to Sigma Xi International Research Honor Society, 2000
  • Inducted to Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, 1986

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

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