Brett Szymik, PhD

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

Academic Appointments

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
  • Research Interests

    Pedagogical techniques, especially with respect to functional human gross anatomy.  Invertebrate biomechanics and neurophysiology.  

  • Selected Publications

    Szymik, Brett G and Richard A Satterlie. (2011).  Changes in wingstroke kinematics associated with an increase in swimming speed in a pteropod mollusk, Clione limacinaJournal 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 Biology47(1): 16-54.

  • Of Note

    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