The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville




Office of Research Support

Contacts

Jennifer Ferris, MHS, CCRC
Director of Research
3rd floor Research Building
Office 306
jferris@utmck.edu
Phone: (865) 305-7975

Jennifer provides supports for the Assistant Dean for Research to ensure oversight and guidance for research operations at GSM. Functions as the chief administrative and programmatic contact for the Research Center and Office of Research Support; provides consultation on grant preparation; Investigator-Initiated Clinical Research, IRB and FDA compliance, and provides GSM with information regarding grant policies and procedures, as well as UT Health Science Center (UTHSC) research polices. Assists PI(s) with grant application procedures and coordinates training for our researchers with the Office of Biosafety, Radiation Safety, Environmental Health and Safety and clinical trial compliance.

Tiffany Johnson, B.A.
Research Study Coordinator II - Department of Surgery
3rd Floor Research Building
Office 312
thjohnson@utmck.edu
865-305-4682

Tiffany assists faculty with clinical research activities including, but not limited to protocol and consent development, the submission and management of regulatory paperwork for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals; the preparation and maintenance of study files and essential study documents; the coordination of operational components of research studies; study recruitment, screening, and consenting of participants, and coordinates the implementation of study protocols and record-keeping for GSM Investigator-Initiated Clinical Research Studies.

Tiffany also assists the Director of Research with post IRB approval Quality Assurance Monitoring and with the coordination of UTK undergraduate students and their onboarding. She is also the first point of contact for GSM phlebotomy and blood collection related information for Investigator-Initiated Research.

Melissa Weaver
Research Admin Coordinator I
3rd floor Research building
Office 310
mweaver@utmck.edu
Phone: (865) 305-6181

Melissa Weaver provides management and coordination of the administrative and day-to-day operational activities for the research infrastructure and programs for the UTGSM. Maintains records of expenses and departmental funds. Coordinates compliance reviews, facility inspections, equipment removal and storage, and assists with Cayuse grant submissions. Melissa also works with the Assistant Director of Research to organize and prepare for Investigator-Initiated Research execution.

Brenda Chaves, BBA
Research Financial Associate II
3rd floor Research building
Office 303
bchaves@utmck.edu
Phone: (865) 305-3897

Brenda Chaves coordinates financial day-to-day operational activities for research infrastructure and programs for the UTGSM. She assists research leadership with the management and oversight of research account expenses, departmental funds, and other fiscal related activities for the research program.

JoAnn Murua
Grants Coordinator I
3rd Floor Research Building
Office 303
jmurua@utmck.edu
865-305-5592

The Office of Research Support Grant Coordinator provides support for all aspects of pre-award grant submissions and components of post-award processes. Duties include preparing and processing grant submissions, answering questions and inquires related to research and sponsored programs, maintaining official documentation on grants and their associate contracts, and preparing monthly reports on research activity. They are the main point of contact for external institutions collaborating in research. They will assist with the routing, and status tracking, for research grant submissions, research agreements, amendments, and MTAs.

Research Study Coordinators

The Office of Research Support Research Study Coordinators assist faculty with clinical research activities including, but not limited to, protocol and consent development, the submission and management of regulatory paperwork for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals; the preparation and maintenance of study files and essential study documents; the coordination of operational components of research studies; study recruitment, screening, and consenting of participants, and coordinates the implementation of study protocols and record-keeping for GSM Investigator-Initiated Clinical Research Studies.

Tracy Walker, B.A.
Research Study Coordinator I - Centralized Coordinator
3rd Floor Research Building
Office 303
twalker5@utmck.edu
865-305-4297

Trey Henderson, MS
Research Study Coordinator I - Department of Anesthesiology
3rd Floor Research Building
Office 314
thenderson@utmck.edu
865-305-7540

Courtney Lucca, MS
Research Study Coordinator I - Urology/Centralized
3rd Floor Research Building
Office 316
cclucca@utmck.edu
865-305-5763

Savannah Allen, MPH
Research Study Coordinator I - Oncology/Centralized
3rd Floor Research Building
Office 316
skallen1@utmck.edu
865-305-9522

Travis Delk, MS
Research Study Coordinator I - Oncology
3rd Floor Research Building
Office 317
tadelk@utmck.edu
865-305-6148

Molly Rigell-Peek, MPH
Research Study Coordinator I - Maternal Fetal Medicine/Neonatology/High Risk OB
3rd Floor Research Building
Office 317
mpeek@utmck.edu
865-305-6260

Research Data Coordinators
The Office of Research Support Research Data Coordinators assist with clinical research study data for Investigator-Initiated Research. Develops Source and EMR Extraction Documents for retrospective and prospective research, conducts routine reviews for data discrepancy, query generation, resolution, and reconciliation, and develops data management plans that adhere to 21 CFR Part 11 (Electronic Records) & 45 CFR Part 46 (protection of human subjects in research). They provide support for data collection, analysis, and reporting.

Gulsah Sofia Onar, MPH
Research Data Coordinator II - Anesthesiology/Centralized
3rd Floor Research Building
Office 315
gonar1@utmck.edu
865-305-5763

Yuliya Nemykina, MS
Research Data Coordinator I - Centralized Coordinator
3rd Floor Research Building
Office 315
ynemykina@utmck.edu
865-305-5185

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