The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

Research Support Staff


Jennifer Ferris, MSHS, CCRC
Research Leader
3rd floor Research building
Office 306
Phone: (865) 305-7975

Jennifer Ferris provides supports for the Director of Research to ensure oversight and guidance for research operations at GSM. Functions as the chief administrative and programmatic contact for the Research Center; provides consultation on grant preparation; Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials, 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 all trainings for our researchers with the Office of Biosafety, Radiation Safety, Environmental Health and Safety and clinical trial compliance.

Melissa Weaver
Research Admin Coordinator I
3rd floor Research building
Office 310
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 Research Leader to organize and prepare for investigator-initiated trial execution.


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