Current Award Winners

There were three recipients for Physiology graduate student awards; one for the J. Paul Quigley Memorial Scholarship Award and two for the Dorothy K. and Daniel L. Gerwin Graduate Scholarship Award.

The recipient of the J. Paul Quigley Memorial Scholarship Award was Ms. Stephanie E. Davis. Ms. Ryoko Tsukahara and Ms. Mitzi Dunagan received the Dorothy K. and Daniel L. Gerwin Graduate Scholarship Awards.

Quigley Memorial Scholarship Award

Dr. Gabor Tigyi, Physiology Chair,  Presenting the J. Paul Quigley Memorial Scholarship Award to Ms. Stephanie E. Davis
Dr. Gabor Tigyi, Physiology Chair, Presenting the J. Paul Quigley Memorial Scholarship Award to Ms. Stephanie E. Davis

Stephanie E. Davis

Ms. Stephanie E. Davis is a fifth-year student in the Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences. She graduated in 2002 from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Prior to completing her undergraduate education she worked for Pathology Associates a Charles Rivers company as a laboratory trainee with plans of becoming a Histology Technician. Her intellectual curiosity wasn’t sated by this line of work so she gained employment with Southwest Research Institute where she performed chemical analysis for the demilitarization site at the Pine Bluff Arsenal in Pine Bluff, AR.

After working for Southwest Research for 2.5 years Stephanie decided to explore post-graduate education to determine her interest in biomedical research. In 2005 Stephanie gained acceptance into the Postbaccalaureate Research Opportunities Programs for Minorities at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA where she gained practical research experience and confirmed her commitment to a research career. Following this experience she gained acceptance into the IPBS program in 2006 and started working diligently towards completing the doctoral requirements.

Stephanie is a student of Dr. Seema Khurana in the Department of Physiology.

Dorothy K. and Daniel L. Gerwin Graduate Scholarship Award

Ryoko Tsuhahara

Dr. Gabor Tigyi, Physiology Chair,  Presenting the Dorothy K. and Daniel L. Gerwin Graduate Scholarship Award to
Ms. Ryoko Tsukahara
Dr. Gabor Tigyi, Physiology Chair, Presenting the Dorothy K. and Daniel L. Gerwin Graduate Scholarship Award to Ms. Ryoko Tsukahara

Ms. Ryoko Tsuhahara is a fourth-year student in the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences. She completed her bachelors in pharmaceutical sciences at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan in 1999. She worked for a pharmaceutical company for over three years as a drug information specialist.

She joined Dr. Tigyi’s lab as a technician in 2003 following her husband who was a post-doctoral fellow until last year. While she was a technician, she developed an interest for research in the bioactive lipids field, and this experience triggered her to obtain a Ph.D.

She joined the IPBS program at UT in August 2007. After her course study she rejoined Dr. Tigyi’s lab, and she is pursuing her Ph.D in the bioactive lipids field.

Mitzi Dunagan

Dr. Gabor Tigyi, Physiology Chair,  Presenting a Dorothy K. and Daniel L. Gerwin Graduate Scholarship Award to
Ms. Mitzi Dunagan
Dr. Gabor Tigyi, Physiology Chair, Presenting a Dorothy K. and Daniel L. Gerwin Graduate Scholarship Award to Ms. Mitzi Dunagan

Mitzi Dunagan is a fifth-year student in the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences. She graduated summa cum laude (4.0 G.P.A.) from Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN in 1993 with a double major in Elementary Education and Integrated Math/Science. She taught seventh and eighth grade math and science for over 9 years in Sumner and Robertson Counties of Middle Tennessee, earning "Teacher of the Year" for her school the first year she was eligible (1999).

While teaching she earned an M.S. in Biological Sciences from Vanderbilt University (2002), through a summer program allowing teachers to learn modern molecular biology techniques and participate in research. Participation in the program at Vanderbilt inspired her to return for a Ph.D., and an opportune job transfer brought her to Memphis. Her current work has already enabled her to speak at two international conferences (Digestive Disease Week in San Diego, CA, and cicBioGUNE 3rd International ALPD Symposium in Bilbao, Spain).

She looks forward to the unique opportunities available through her experiences at U.T.

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