Brett Szymik, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anatomy
Brett Szymik is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership in Athens, Georgia, and an Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology in the UGA College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. Szymik received his PhD from Arizona State University and taught at undergraduate institutions in Connecticut and Virginia prior to arriving at the Medical Partnership in 2012.
|2002||BS Physiology & Neurobiology||University of Connecticut|
|2008||PhD Biology||Arizona State University|
|2007 - 2009||Assistant Professor of Biology, Eastern Connecticut State University|
|2009 - 2012||Assistant Professor of Biology, Longwood University|
|2012 - Present||Assistant Professor of Anatomy, AU/UGA Medical Partnership|
More About Brett Szymik
Brett Szymik received his PhD in 2008 from Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences. His doctoral work focused on the biomechanics and neural coordination of swimming behavior in the pteropod mollusk Clione limacina. This research was facilitated by a NSF Fellowship in an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program, and much of the work was performed at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories.
While completing his doctoral work, Szymik began teaching full-time in Eastern Connecticut State University’s Department of Biology. Shortly after completing his degree, he moved on to a position as Assistant Professor of Biology in Longwood University’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. He joined the AU/UGA Medical Partnership in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Anatomy, where he primarily teaches human gross anatomy to first-year medical students. Szymik’s interests lie in innovative teaching methods with respect to clinically-relevant human gross anatomy.
Expertise & Interests
- Human Gross Anatomy
- Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
- Invertebrate Neurophysiology
Pedagogical techniques, especially with respect to functional human gross anatomy. Invertebrate biomechanics and neurophysiology.
Szymik, Brett G and Richard A Satterlie. (2011). Changes in wingstroke kinematics associated with an increase in swimming speed in a pteropod mollusk, Clione limacina. Journal of Experimental Biology. 214: 3935-3947.
Kiisa Nishikawa, Andrew A Biewener, Peter Aerts, Anna N Ahn, Hillel J Chiel, Monica A Daley, Thomas L Daniela, Robert J Full, Melina E Hale, Tyson L Hedrick, A Kristopher Lappin, T Richard Nichols, Roger D Quinn, Richard A Satterlie, and Brett G Szymik. (2007). Neuromechanics: an integrative approach for understanding motor control. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 47(1): 16-54.
2009 | Blackwell Scholar (inaugural) | Longwood University
2002–2004 | NSF Fellow | IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) Program on Neural and Musculoskeletal Adaptations in Form and Function | Arizona State University
2002 | Magna Cum Laude | University of Connecticut Honors Program