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PEER Mentors


Mentorship is a cornerstone of the PEER program and the PEER Mentors create and foster both formal and informal mentoring opportunities for PEER Scholars. PEER Mentors are made up of faculty and administration at UT and they participate and lead in a number of PEER events such as the Discourse Meetings.


Suzanne Lenhart, Chancellor’s Professor and Associate for Education  and Outreach, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBios)


Michael Best, Paul and Wilma Ziegler Associate Professor of Chemistry


Ernest Brothers, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Director for Diversity Enhancement, National Institute for Mathematical & Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)


Tessa Burch-Smith, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology


Joel Diambra, Associate Professor & Counselor Education and PhD Program Coordinator


Elizabeth Howell, Professor of Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology


Jennifer Morrell-Falvey, Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Adjunct Faculty of UTK-Genome Science & Technology


Tim Sparer, Associate Professor of Microbiology