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Andres J. Garcia Andres J. Garcia, Ph.D.
Professor
George W. Woodruff Professorship
Regents' Professor of Mechanical Engineering

School of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0363

Phone: 404-894-9384
Fax: 404-894-2291
Location: GT: IBB - 2310
E-Mail: andres.garcia@me.gatech.edu
URL: http://garcialab.gatech.edu/

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Areas of Research

  • Cellular and tissue engineering for connective tissue applications
  • Cell adhesion and extracellular matrices
  • Substrate modulation of protein adsorption and cellular function
  • Musculoskeletal biomaterials and biomechanics
  • Applications of bioactive materials in hard and soft tissue reconstruction and drug delivery
  • Momentum and mass transport phenomena associated with biomaterials

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • M.S.E. Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1991

Selected Awards

  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1997-1998
  • Solomon R. Pollack Award for excellence in Graduate Bioengineering Research, University of Pennsylvania, 1997
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders Minority Travel Award, 1997

Selected Research Publications

  • Garcia, A.J., Huber, F., and Boettiger, D. Force required to break alpha5beta1 integrin-fibronectin bonds in intact adherent cells is sensitive to integrin activation state. Journal of Biological Chemistry 273: 10988-10993 (1998).
  • Garcia, A.J., Vega, M.D., and Boettiger, D. Modulation of cell proliferation and differentiation through substrate-dependent changes in fibronectin conformation. Molecular Biology of the Cell 10: 785-798 (1999).
  • Garcia, A.J. and Boettiger, D. Integrin-fibronectin interactions at the cell-material interface: initial integrin binding and signaling. Biomaterials 20: 2427-2433 (1999). Stephansson, S.N., Byers, B.A., and Garcia, A.J. Enhanced expression of the osteoblastic phenotype on substrates that modulate fibronectin conformation and integrin receptor binding. Biomaterials (in press).


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