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Linda Pifer W.

Professor , Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

University of the Sciences

Direct Phone: (901) ***-****       

Email: l***@***.edu

University of the Sciences

920 Madison Avenue

Memphis, Tennessee 38163

United States

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As Tennessee’s only public, statewide, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on t ... more

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Linda Williford Pifer, a ...

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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.

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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.
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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.


Linda Williford Pifer, a ...

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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.

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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.
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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.


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Linda L. Williford Pifer, Professor, UTHSC,


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Linda L. Williford Pifer Professor University of Tennessee Health Science Center


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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.
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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.
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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.
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Memory of Pifer's AIDS breakthroughs ties to another, the death of her high school sweetheart and husband for 29 years.

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