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Professor , Department of Clinica...

Phone: (901) ***-****  
Email: l***@***.edu
University of the Sciences
920 Madison Avenue
Memphis , Tennessee 38163
United States

Company Description: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to education, research, and service. Comprising five colleges,...   more

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Linda Williford Pifer, a professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at UTHSC, and department chair Kathy Kenwright wrote the grant, which is aimed at putting a career in medical laboratory science within reach for promising minority female students such as Evans.
Pifer said some young women aren't able to pursue education without such assistance. For those women there are "long-terms effects to not being trained," Pifer said.
Today, Pifer only gets into the laboratory when she's teaching her students, but her past work included HIV-related research and she admits she sometimes misses the lab.
"There are days you kind of get a hankering to rattle some test tubes," Pifer said.
Don't, however, take that statement to mean she has a light approach to the work medical laboratory scientists do. Far from it.
"If they mess up in the lab, it could kill you or make you very sick," she said.
SciDoc Publishers - Open Access, 31 Jan 2014 [cached]
Linda L. Williford Pifer, Professor, UTHSC,
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Linda L. Williford Pifer Professor University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Bizwomen: Where women in business meet to network, connect, support, learn and grow., 1 Oct 2005 [cached]
Linda Pifer washes her hands, frequently and thoroughly.
Every surface around you -- your desk top, your steering wheel, your coffee cup and that pen you're gnawing on -- is covered with microscopic life.
Pifer has spent her life studying the most vicious of these life forms, the opportunistic ones that kill when people are weak, and she has learned to wash her hands.
Pifer is a professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, part of the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.These days she's teaching courses in virology, microbiology, human genetics and parasitology.
When she's not teaching, Pifer is still thinking about unseen life around us.She's one of three key people on the development of the Biocontainment Lab being built at UT in partnership with the Department of Homeland Defense.
She also devotes some time to monkey pox, transmissible to humans and probably an easy bioweapon.
The world of infectious disease is often a creepy, unnerving place and the people tend to fall into two categories: they're either grim harbingers of doom, or they're like Pifer: upbeat, fascinated by the science and confident that human medicine can stay a step or two ahead of the next global pandemic.
Her mother, a proper Southern lady, tried to raise Pifer to wear white gloves, but she was destined for latex gloves instead.The girl devoured science, and remembers being punished for reading her biology book during math study time.
Her models of the moon and rockets won Pifer a trip to Hartford, Conn., at age 17 to compete in a national science fair.
After college she served stints at the University of Oregon-Eugene and UT-Memphis, but it was in 1973 when she was hired by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital that she started on the path to international fame within the circle of microbiology.
St. Jude was beginning to make strides in treating leukemia at the time, but too many patients were dying of a lung infection by pneumocystis carinii, a primitive fungus that takes advantage of a compromised immune system.Pifer's goal was to find a way to culture the fungus in the hopes of making a vaccine against it.She was the first to develop a culture, and the first to create a non-invasive diagnostic test.
Because of lung disease at St. Jude, Pifer was instrumental in discovering the pathology of HIV/AIDS, and spoke at the first NIH conference about the disease.She still shudders to remember how she handled those blood samples without gloves or masks.She was even pregnant at the time.
Memory of Pifer's AIDS breakthroughs ties to another, the death of her high school sweetheart and husband for 29 years.
ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals | Editorial, 19 June 2006 [cached]
By Linda L. Williford Pifer, PhD, SM(ACM), GS(ABB)
Dr. Pifer is a professor in the department of clinical laboratory sciences, College of Allied Health Sciences, University of Tennessee Health Science Center at Memphis.No endorsement by the author or her academic institution should necessarily be construed for any medication described in this publication.
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