Assistant Professor Julio Cordero-Morales Receives $231,000 Grant for Protein Function Research

Dr. Julio Cordero-Morales

Research being performed by Julio Cordero-Morales, PhD, focuses on understanding the function of proteins involved in pain perception and blood pressure regulation. With new grant funding, Dr. Cordero-Morales and his research team can further explore the importance of the specific roles of these proteins and their regulatory mechanisms in normal and diseased conditions. Dr. Cordero-Morales, an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $231,000… Read More


OB/GYN Chair at UTHSC College of Medicine in Chattanooga Studying Possible Treatment for Preeclampsia


In 2008, Beth Frazer was almost 20 weeks into what she thought was a healthy first pregnancy when a routine doctor’s visit detected a problem that sent her to the hospital, cost the lives of the twins she carried and almost took her life. Frazer, who lives in Nashville, was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a complication of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure that can lead to organ failure, seizures, stroke or death of the mother and baby. Its cause is… Read More


Wendy M. Likes Appointed Dean for the UTHSC College of Nursing

Wendy M. Likes, dean of the UTHSC College of Nursing

Steve J. Schwab, MD, chancellor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Wendy M. Likes, PhD, DNSc, APRN-BC, permanent dean for the College of Nursing, after more than 10 months as interim dean. In this role, Dr. Likes will serve as the lead administrator for the college with responsibility for managing a team of more than 105 faculty and staff members. The college serves some 400 nursing students each year who acquire degrees at all levels… Read More


Steven R. Goodman, PhD, Appointed Vice Chancellor for Research at UTHSC

Steven R. Goodman, PhD,

Vice Chancellor for Research

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Steve J. Schwab, MD, chancellor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Steven R. Goodman, PhD, vice chancellor for Research. Dr. Goodman arrives at UTHSC from the SUNY (State University of New York) Upstate Medical University where he was the former vice president for Research, dean of the College of Graduate Studies, and professor in both the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Department of Pediatrics. As the vice chancellor for Research, Dr. Goodman… Read More


Dr. Guoyun Chen of UTHSC Receives $332,250 Grant for Septic Shock Research


Sepsis is a serious medical condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection. Despite availability of antibiotics, the mortality and hospitalization of patients with severe sepsis has increased rapidly, causing approximately 200,000 deaths each year in the United States alone. Guoyun Chen, MD, PhD, and his research team are hoping to investigate further and explore treatment options. An assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), Dr.… Read More


Virologist Michael Whitt, PhD, of UTHSC Co-authors New Book about Ebola and Other Deadly Viruses


Advises Vigilance and Rapid Action to Prevent Future Outbreaks like the 2014 Ebola Epidemic in West Africa The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa focused attention on the toll certain emerging viruses can take on the human race. It also showed how ill prepared we are to quickly react to these potentially deadly pathogens that appear to kill randomly and elude cures. And though Liberia, one of the countries at the epicenter of the epidemic, was declared Ebola free by the… Read More


Associate Professor Anna Bukiya of UTHSC Receives $1.6 Million to Study How Cholesterol and Alcohol Interact in the Body


Anna Bukiya, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a five-year grant totaling $1.6 million to study how cholesterol and alcohol interact to modulate blood vessel function in the brain. The award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health, will be used to support a project titled, “Cholesterol Control of Alcohol-Induced Cerebral… Read More


UTHSC Medical Student Mercy Kibe Receives Prestigious Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship


Mercy Kibe, a third-year medical student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has a special interest in global health. Born in Kenya, she moved to the United States as a child with her family. Her heritage informs her desire to investigate disease on a global level. Kibe, 25, is the recipient of a prestigious International Clinical Research Fellowship from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which will allow her to take a year off from her studies at… Read More