Research Interests
Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

Patricia Annis
Associate Professor

My primary research area is the development of methods and instrumentation for the analysis of textile materials.  Our laboratory has designed, constructed, and tested a machine called the Robotic Transfer Replicator.  This machine is capable of reproducibly transferring microorganisms, allergens, and other toxic particulates from carpet, smooth floors, upholstery, and drapery to skin-like materials. The data from these transfers are being used to determine how transfer is affected by the properties of the materials and the particulates and microorganisms.  My laboratory also provides various textile analyses for commercial textile firms. 

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Gajanan Bhat
Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Fibers and Textiles and Department Head

After earning his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in textile and polymer engineering, Dr. Bhat joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) in August 1990, where his research covered nonwovens - melt blown, spunbonded and biodegradable, plastics recycling, nanotechnology, sustainable materials, and high performance fibers. As the director of UTNRL he has focused on production of nanofibers from thermoplastic polymers by meltblowing. Recently he joined UGA as the Head of the TMI department. Dr. Bhat has published more than 200 research papers and has three US Patents. He has served as the president of the Fiber Society and is also an active member of INDA, TAPPI and the Textile Institute. 

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Lilia Gomez-Lanier
Assistant Professor

My interests focus on the influences that the built environment may have on the learning outcome of students, cultural symbolism, habitats and place identity. Although my studies enphasize higher education students I also conduct research in the areas of elderly housing and healthcare. 

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Ian Hardin
Georgia Power Professor of Textile Science Emeritus

Enzymatic treatments for textile chemical processing; environmental chemistry; nanotechnical development of fiber surface modifiers, including antimicobials

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Patricia Hunt-Hurst
Associate Dean for Academic Programs

I am a dress and fashion historian. My major research interest is in the area of African and African American dress and textile history. Specifically, my efforts are directed toward the study of the dress of African-American women, 1865-1940 in Georgia and South Carolina and slave clothing and textiles in Georgia and South Carolina. An important aspect of my research includes the documentation of historic apparel and accessories to determine date, regionality, and function. New research areas incorporate the analysis of cultural perception in the fashion marketplace, my specific interest relates to Africa, however, I have been involved in research projects focused on Asia and the United States. Since 1996 I have been actively involved with study abroad programs to London and Ghana. Both offer unique educational experiences to students interested in adding a global perspective to their academic studies.

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Linda Lyons
Lecturer

Research areas of interest include Architectural History, Historic Preservation, and Sense of Place issues. Recent projects include identifying community landmark properties that are suitable for adaptive reuse through respectful rehabilitation. 

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Briana Martinez
Instructor

My research focuses on m/e-commerce, consumer behavior, and current trends in retailing.

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Laura McAndrews
Assistant Professor

Laura's reserach focus is in the global apparel supply chain and organizational dynamics. In addition, she has begun to research inclusive design for people living with disabilities, who struggle with clothing-related barriers.

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Clair McClure
Lecturer

My research on how Athens area fashion boutqiues use social media relates to the retailing and entrepreneurship courses I teach in addition to providing valuable connections for our fashion merchandising internship program. I also conduct resarch on pedagogy technologies which enhance the learning experience for fashion merchandising students. 

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Katalin Medvedev
Associate Professor

Dr. Katalin Medvedev is an international dress and fashion scholar.

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Sergiy Minko
Georgia Power Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science

Nanostructured materials, responsive materials, biomaterials, biointerfaces, functional fibers and textiles

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Yoo-Kyoung Seock
Associate Professor

Multi-channel retailing including social media marketing; Cultural aspects of cconsumer psychographics and behaviors; Sustainability issues in retailing and consumer behaviors

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Suraj Sharma
Associate Professor

Suraj Sharma is an Associate Professor in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Sharma’s background includes materials science and engineering, specifically polymeric materials. His primary research focuses on the development of bioplastics/biocomposites from biopolymers, nanocellulose, biosynthesis of polyesters using microalgae and smart textiles. 

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Monica Sklar
Assistant Professor & Liaison to the Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection

My two main foucs areas are 1. 20th/21st century design history, theory, & criticism and 2. Social-cultural aspects of dress in conjunction with merchandising, retailing, and consumers. This scholarship pertains to modern social movements, subculture, popular music, and visual culture as focused on identity and community.

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Greg Vessels
Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation Distinguished Professor

100% TEACHING

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Charles Yang
Professor, Textiles, Merchandising And Interiors (Emeritus)

Nonformaldehyde wrinkle-free finishing system; flame retardant finishing of cotton and cotton blends; chemical modification of textiles; analytical methods development;paper wet strength agents.

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