Karen J. L. Burg, the UGA Harbor Lights Chair in the College of Veterinary Medicine, conducts cutting-edge bioengineering research that identifies new ways to treat diseases affecting both animals and humans.
Seven of Burg’s inventions have been patented, one of which helped establish a biomedical company that develops tools to diagnose and treat breast cancer. By refining a process called biofabrication, which can use human cells to build 3D tissue structures, Burg also developed ways to test therapies without having to experiment on the patient.
“I firmly believe that innovation lies at the boundaries of disciplines. I’ve come to understand that’s where exciting leaps in research occur. Private donations make it possible for me to use my research to help students acquire the skills they need to solve real-world problems.”