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Effective mentoring is critical to the success of the TN-CTSI. The TN-CTSI has a pool of mentors with active funded research program that will provide a suitable environment for trainee research projects. Mentors have a strong mentorship track record, history of successful translational research, ability to commit the time required for mentorship, and a strong personal commitment to the academic success of junior faculty.

TN-CTSI Mentors

  • UTHSC College of Dentistry
    Franklin Garcia-Goday, DDS, MS, PhD, Professor, Dentistry and Bioscience Research
  • UTHSC College of Graduate Health Science
    Donald Thomason, PhD, Dean and Professor, College of Graduate Health Sciences, College of Medicine (Physiology)

    Alex Dopico, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Pharmacology

  • UTHSC College of Health Professions
    Stephen Alway, PhD, Professor and Dean, Physical Therapy

    James Carson, PhD, FACSM, Professor, Physical Therapy

  • UTHSC College of Medicine
    Kenneth Ataga, MD, Professor, Medicine

    Jim Bailey, MD, MPH, Professor, Medicine and Preventive Medicine

    John Bissler, MD, Professor, Pediatrics

    Dennis Black, MD, Professor, Pediatrics

    Gouyan Chen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

    Mace Coday, PhD, Professor, Preventive Medicine

    William Cushman, MD, Professor, Preventive Medicine

    Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD, MBA, Professor, Medicine and Endocrinology

    James Dale, MD, Professor, Medicine, Infectious Disease

    Robert Davis, MD, MPH, Professor, Biomedical Informatics

    Karen Derefinko, PhD, Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine

    Marshall Elam, PhD, MD, Professor, Pharmacology

    Jay Fowke, PhD, MPH, Professor and Interim Dean, Preventive Medicine

    Terri H. Finkel, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Associate Chair, Pediatrics

    Mitchell Goldman, MD, Professor, General Surgery

    Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP, Associate Professor, Surgery; Director, Pediatric Surgery

    Joan Han, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics

    Neil Hayes, MD, MPH, Professor, Internal medicine

    Gregory Heath, DHSc, MPH, Professor, Internal medicine

    Eric Heidel, PhD, Associate Professor, Surgery

    George Huang, DDS, DSc, Professor, Bioscience Research

    John Jeffries, MD, Professor, Cardiovascular Institute

    Karen Johnson, MD, PhD, Chair and Endowed Professor in Women’s Health, Preventive Medicine

    Colleen Jonsson, PhD, Van Vleet Chair of Excellence in Virology; Director, UTHSC Regional Biocontainment Laboratory

    Csaba Kovesdy, MD, Professor, Medicine

    Rebessa Krukowski, PhD, Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine

    Michelle Martin, PhD, Professor, Preventive Medicine

    Jennifer Martindale-Adams, EDD, Associate Professor, Caregiving, Aging, Dementia

    Alex Mason, PhD, Professor, Preventive Medicine

    Johnathan McCullers, MD, Professor and Chair, Pediatrics

    Ramesh Narayanan, PhD, Associate Professor, Hematology

    Linda Nichols, PhD, Professor, Preventive Medicine

    Simonne Nouer, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine

    Guiseppe Pizzorno, PhD, Pharm D, Associate Dean, UT College of Medicine in Chattanooga

    Phyllis Richey, PhD, Professor, Preventive Medicine

    Saunak Sen, PhD, Professor, Preventive Medicine

    Tiffany Seagroves, PhD, Professor, Pathology; Associate VC, Research Core Labs

    David Shibata, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Professor and Chair, Surgery

    Amber Smith, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

    Jeffrey Towbin, MD, Professor, Pediatric Cardiology

    Johnathan Wall, PhD, Professor, Medicine

    Robert Williams, PhD, Professor and Chair, Genetics, Genomics and Informatics

    Ae-Kyung Yi, PhD, Professor, Pediatrics and Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry

  • UTHSC College of Nursing
    Anne Alexandrov, PhD, RN, CCRN, ANVP-BC, NVRN-BC, FAAN, Professor, College of Nursing, Acute and Tertiary Care

    Donna Hathaway, PhD, FAAN, Professor, Nursing

    Wendy Likes, PhD, DNSc, APRN-Bc, FAANP, Professor and Dean, College of Nursing

    Ansley Stanfill, PhD, RN, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research

  • UTHSC College of Pharmacy
    Georgi Petkov, PhD, Chair and Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Junling Wang, PhD, Professor, Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science

  • UT Institute of Agriculture
    Soghra Jarvandi, MD, PhD, Associated Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences

    Laura Stephenson, MS, PhD, Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences

  • UT Graduate School of Medicine
    Michael Karlstad, PhD, Professor, Surgery

    Deidra Mountain, PhD, Associate Professor, Surgery

    Dustin Osborne, PhD, Associate Professor, Radiology

    Paul Terry, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Medicine

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