Author: Lee Ferguson


Veteran Employee Shares Memories of Her Father, Civil Rights Activist Elmore Nickelberry

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Thirty years on the job at UT Health Science Center has not dimmed Toyia Polk’s desire to shine in her profession. A business manager for clinical research in the Office of Research, Polk says her dedication to hard work is part of the legacy left by her father, Elmore Nickelberry, a Memphis hero of the… Read More


UTRF Innovation Awards Celebrate UTHSC Researchers

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The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) celebrated the researchers whose achievements are making life better locally, nationally, and globally at its annual Innovation Awards ceremony, held December 14 at the Mooney Library at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis. The Innovation Awards recognize researchers from all over the UT System who partner… Read More


Dr. Colleen Jonsson Secures $11.9 Million Award for Operational Upgrades to Regional Biocontainment Laboratory

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Colleen Jonsson, PhD, director of the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has been awarded $11.9 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to expand and improve the RBL infrastructure. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, PhD, professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry and assistant director of the RBL,… Read More


UTHSC a Member of Consortium Awarded Grant to Support Biotechnology Innovation

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UTHSC is helping drive biotech innovation as a member of a regional consortium that was awarded a major federal grant to develop a strategy to advance biomanufacturing capabilities across Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. UTHSC joins more than 30 public and private organizations led by the University of Mississippi to form the Southeast Biotech Collaborative, or… Read More


UTHSC Cancer Researcher Part of $3 Million Collaborative Project Studying Obesity-Related Cancer

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A University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) researcher is a member of a prestigious team that has just received a highly competitive Endeavor Award totaling $3 million from The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research. Liza Makowski, PhD professor in Hematology and Oncology at the UTHSC Center for Cancer Research, is a co-principal investigator on… Read More


UTHSC Research Spinoffs Gain Momentum with National Business Grants

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A recent spate of awards shines a light on the strides UTHSC researchers are making in translating their discoveries into novel solutions for human health and well-being. Three licensees, two spinoffs founded by UTHSC researchers and one long-standing partner, have received funding from the highly competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology… Read More


Research Resource Fair Returns

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) Office of Research will host its annual Research Resource Fair Thursday, September 28, 2023, from 2-4 p.m. in the Madison Plaza Lobby. The event, on hold for three years during the pandemic, connects faculty, staff, and students to important resources that can help them succeed in research… Read More


Dr. Tony Marion Secures New Spectral Cell Sorter for UTHSC Researchers

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Tony Marion, PhD, College of Medicine Emeritus Professor, may have retired in 2022, but UTHSC researchers are about to benefit from one of his final efforts on their behalf: a major equipment upgrade to ensure they have the latest and greatest technology for isolating and analyzing live cells. For the third time in his career,… Read More