Category: Research


Ophthalmology Professor Advocates and Educates on Vision Research Globally

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TJ Hollingsworth, PhD, is committed to advocacy, education, and research in the field of ophthalmology. Dr. Hollingsworth was recently chosen as a member of the 2023 Emerging Vision Scientists cohort for the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR)/Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) and participated in communicating the value of research and… 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


Multiyear Appointment Option Approved for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty at UTHSC

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Under a new procedure approved this summer by the UT Board of Trustees, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is now able to offer multiyear appointments to non-tenure-track faculty members. This landmark achievement for UTHSC faculty is the result of years of work by the UTHSC Faculty Senate, including the review of multiyear approaches… Read More


PhD Student Says Studies Let Him Be ‘Friends with Geniuses’

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When asked why he likes being a doctoral student and working in a lab at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Christopher Pitzer says, “I just kind of casually get to be friends with geniuses.” Pitzer is in his final year in the molecular and translational physiology track of the Biomedical Sciences Program in… Read More


Prostate Cancer Drug Candidate Developed at UTHSC Goes to First Clinical Trial

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Researcher Ramesh Narayanan, PhD, knows the odds. The deputy director of the Center for Cancer Research and the Muirhead Endowed Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, knows that very few researchers are able to conceive and develop a drug candidate that makes it from the lab to… Read More


Graduate Health Sciences Alumnus Strives to Help Students Decades After Graduating

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Joseph Tarnowski, PhD, has led a successful career since graduating from the College of Graduate Health Sciences in 1979. Now, as he prepares to retire in November, he is dedicated to helping students achieve their own success. Dr. Tarnowski’s decades-long career in the biopharmaceutical industry began essentially as a back-up plan. Before attending UTHSC, where… Read More


College of Nursing Awarded $1.5 Million Grant to Support Simulation in Patient Care for Nursing Students

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1.5 million federal grant that will help students identify and address issues that lead to patients’ health problems. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant is called “Training and Education to Advance Critical Health Equity Readiness Using Simulation,” or TEACH… Read More