Dr. Mary K. Washington, Principal Investigator
Dr. Washington's research focuses on morphology of gastrointestinal and hepatic diseases. She provides expertise in interpretation of histopathologic changes in a variety of animal models of gastrointestinal diseases to basic scientists at Vanderbilt. She also serves as director for several research tissue banks, as well as CHTN Western Division. Her research focuses on diagnostic aspects of gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology; specific areas of interest include Barrett's esophagus, colorectal neoplasia, inflammatory bowel disease, and gastrointestinal pathology of primary immunodeficiency. She also has an interest in morphology of mouse models of intestinal neoplasia and inflammatory bowel disease.
Research specialty: Histopathology of gastrointestinal and hepatic diseases and mouse models of GI cancer.
Anne Campbell, RA I
Anne Campbell is a research assistant in CHTN Western Division's Procurement department. She has formerly worked in the Shipping department and as a fluids processor. In May 2012, Anne received her Bachelors of Science in biology from the University of Mary Washington. In the future, she hopes to continue her education by attending graduate school for immunology and cancer biology.
Sha'Mere Walker, RA I
Sha'Mere Walker is a research assistant in CHTN Western Division's shipping department. In August 2011, Sha'Mere received her Bachelors of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry from Tennessee State University (TSU). She is now pursuing her Masters of Science in biology at TSU with anticipated graduation date of May 2014. She hopes to apply her experience at CHTN to a future career as a dental surgeon specializing in oral cancer.
Linda Sircy, RA I
Linda Sircy is a research assistant I in CHTN Western Division's shipping department. In May 2013, Linda received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In the future, she hopes to continue her education by attending graduate school to study molecular biology and clinical research.
Aunshka Collins, RA I
Aunshka Collins is a part-time research assistant in CHTN Western Division's Fluid Processing department. She received her Bachelor of Science in psychology with a double minor in biology and health cum laude form Lipscomb University in May 2012. I hope to apply my experience with CHTN and continue my education at Vanderbilt University Medical School to become a physician-scientist, specializing in neurosurgery and psychiatry.
Research Analyst/Consenting Personnel
Cari Jennings, RA I
Cari Jennings is a research assistant with CHTN Western Division's Consenting Department. Cari received her Bachelor of Science with honors in biology, with a concentration in human physiology and a minor in chemistry in May 2012 from Middle Tennessee State University. She hopes to apply her experience at CHTN to a future career as a physician serving in medically underserved areas.
Brittney Fain, Laboratory Technician
Brittney is a member of CHTN Western at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is currently studying early childhood education and speech therapy at Tennessee State University. She hopes to one day start her own program for special needs children here in Tennessee.
Robert Burnell, Laboratory Technician
Bob Burnell attended Valparaiso Technical Institute in Valparaiso, Indiana in 1980 majoring in Electronics. He began his medical career in 1981 at St. Bernard Hospital on the south side of Chicago, IL. There he was a Radiology Assistant and received additional training and technical experience hanging radiographs on film alternators for the Radiologists, making film subtractions for Angiograms, assisting with procedures such as Myelograms, performing Sensitometry for QA, etc. Before moving to Tennessee, he worked at several medical instiutions such as South Suburban Hospital in Illinois, Humana Hospital in Daytona, FL, and St. Vincent's Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL. While living in Tennessee, Bob has worked in different hospitals before coming to Vanderbilt; such as Baptist Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and St. Thomas Hospital in the Radiology departments. He has consistently maintained a contributory role in the transition from the older systems in Imaging to the current digital systems. Bob has worked at Vanderbilt for 14 years in many departments including Operative Services, Internal Medicine, GI/Endoscopy Lab and PMI.
Bob is excited to be a laboratory technician for the CHTN Western team and looks forward to promoting good health. He feels that together we are working to improve medical care, diagnostics, treatments and the betterment of humankind. He feels very fortunate to have this important opportunity to contribute, to be helpful and to share in the collective successes that lie ahead.
Stephanie Shelton, Laboratory Technician
Stephanie Shelton is a Lab Technician with CHTN Western Division's Fluid Processing Department. She comes from a Urologic Laboratory background where she worked closely with pathologists specializing in Prostate Cancer. She is very excited to further her knowledge and experience in research, so that she can contribute to the success in treating pateints with cancer.
Ying Jin, Health Systems Software Engineer
With a B.E. degree from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Ying continued her education in Middle Tennessee State University and obtain her M.S. degree in computer science in 2002. Ying has worked at the Vanderbilt Genetic Medicine Division for four years focusing on the development of promoter analysis and gene annotation tools. During this time, she also designed and implemented a web portal application for the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Disease. After Ying left genetic medicine in 2006, she started with CHTN Western Division. Ying participated in the CHTN data migration project and successfully converted and imported high volumes of data from the FoxPro database to the Oracle database for all six CHTN divisions. She is responsible for system support, maintenance, and data analysis of the CHTN donor and investigator systems. She has also been working on the new donor system by redesigning some existing components and creating some new required modules. Her work related interests include topics of data analysis, system design and implementation, particularly in J2EE frameworks.
Kiley Wease, Administrative Assistant I
Kiley Wease is the Administrative Assistant for CHTN Western Division. In May 2011, Kiley received her Bachelor's of Science in public affairs (BSPA) from Indiana University in public financial management. She is responsible for all the administrative aspects of CHTN Western, such as invoicing. In the future, Kiley hopes to receive her MBA in healthcare and work for the finance department of a hospital.