Harbor Lights Endowed Chair & Professor, Department of Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia
A graduate of North Carolina State University (B.S., Chemical Engineering) and Clemson University (M.S., Ph.D., Bioengineering), Karen completed a tissue engineering postdoctoral fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, before joining the faculty at Clemson University. Her research program has evolved from tissue engineering for regenerative medicine application to the development of bench-top engineered tissue systems and diagnostics. Following completion of an American Council of Education fellowship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Georgia Institute of Technology, she was appointed Interim Vice Provost at Clemson University and Director of the Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Karen served at Kansas State University as Vice President for Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering. Honors to Karen include a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the inaugural Swiss AO Research Prize, recognition as a Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s TR100 Young Innovator, an American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow, an American Council on Education Fellow, and a US Department of Defense (DoD) Era of Hope Scholar. Karen has given over 200 invited presentations and authored over 140 peer reviewed publications on the subject of engineered tissues. Technologies from her team’s research serve as the basis for one spin-off company; a Burg invention is one of ten technologies featured in the ongoing Avon Foundation for Women – National Institutes of Health – Center for Advancing Innovation Breast Cancer Start-Up Challenge. Karen has served on eight United States National Science Foundation (NSF) biomaterials-focused Engineering Research Center site visit teams and serves as reviewer for multiple national and international funding organizations, including the US NSF, the National Institutes of Health, the US DoD, the Swiss AO Foundation, the Swiss NSF, the Israel Science Foundation, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.