Current Research
Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

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Apurba Banerjee
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Topic: Study of Micro Algae-Synthesized Biodegradable Polyesters (Polyhydroxyalkanoates)


          Polyhydroxyalkanoates are a family of linear biodegradable thermoplastic polyesters that are usually synthesized in nature by bacterial fermentation. In the current study the Acetyl –CoA pathway that is responsible for production of PHAs, is proposed to be explored in selected microalgal species for inducing production of Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB). The extracted microalgal PHB will be studied for it physicochemical characteristics and applied in the biomedical-textiles field.  

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

My current research projects include: Cotton-based nonwovens and composites; Stretchable cotton nonwovens; Biodegradable/Compostable Meltbown Nonwovens for Filter media and othe Applications; Investigation of the Composition, Structure and Performacne Characteristics of Flushable Nonwovens; LightWeight Ballistic Materials with Improved Performance; Processing and Characterization of Carbon Fibers from Alternative Precursors.

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Huipu Gao
Graduate Assistant

Smart textile

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Lilia Gomez-Lanier
Assistant Professor

My current research pertains to the following areas:

1. Built environment and its influence on elderly housing and healthcare.

2. Built environments and cultural symbolism and expression

3. Influence that stress may have on the creative process and student learning

4. Creativity and collaborative teams 

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Patricia Hunt-Hurst
Associate Dean for Academic Programs

My current research examines women's fashions during the 20th century and focuses on body exposure and college dress and fashion. 

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Natasha Lee
Diversity Fellow


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Laura McAndrews
Assistant Professor

My current research program focuses on the supply chain members and how they work and relate to each other within an apparel organization. I believe in investigating the human dynamics of supply chain members working in the global apparel supply chain. The clothing and textile industry has been characterized a hyper-dynamic with high competition over scarce resource in a turbulent environment. This creates a very stressful and tense work environment for supply chain members. Because of the hyper-dynamic environment, organizations may lack the time or resources for offering career development and management training for employees. I believe in a mixed methods approach to research people and the apparel supply chain with linking quantifiable numbers to enriched statements, which have to potential to impact human resource departments and academic units. 

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Katalin Medvedev

My ongoing research interests focus on the construction and expression of cultural identity through dress, gender and the politics of dress, fashion and empowerment, fashion peripheries, and fashion and sustainability. My current project is co-editing a book titled Dress and Empowerment for Bloomsbury Publishing.

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Jenni Morgan
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Past research includes the relationship between music, dance and dress in the Caribbean. This includes during the celebration known as Carnival.

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C Morgan
Graduate Teaching Assistant

I am currently resarching conductive natural fibers, nanomaterials, novel spinning techniques, and synthetic tissue scaffolds.

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

Currently I am studying United States subculture and merchandising, specifically production, consumption, and embodiment. I am connecting the merchandising experience to history, identity development, community building, social dissent, and trends. I also research other pop and music culture apparel topics such as the history of Motown records uniforms and feminist dress of the 1970s. Furthermore, my scholarhsip and interests are in modern museum practice and outreach, with a focus on digital humanities, public outreach, and inter-institutional collaboration.  

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Mauricio Villa Gonzalez
Student M.S. Merchandising and International Trade

Currently, as a student of an MS in Fashion Merchandising and International Trade, I am planning on doing qualitative research involving apparel manufacturers in Colombia and South Africa.  The aim is to analyze manufacturing capabilities in Colombia and South Africa considering their access to international supply chains and a globalized market place. The research will include aspects of manufacturing, supply chain and international trade, but the focus of the research is around knowledge transfer and supply chain development.

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