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Multi-Disciplinary Office (Knoxville)

UT Conference Center

UT Conference Center, Suite 211
600 S. Henley Street
Knoxville, TN 37996-4122
Phone: 865-974-1882


David MillhornDavid Millhorn, Ph.D.

President & CEO

David Millhorn is University of Tennessee executive vice president, serving as the chief operating officer of the university’s four campuses and three statewide institutes, and UT vice president for research.

In January 2014, he was elected president of the UT Research Foundation in addition to his others duties as executive vice president and vice president for research. Millhorn joined UT in 2005 as vice president for research, overseeing the management of science and technology programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the research and economic development programs for the UT system. He became executive vice president in early 2007.

Before coming to UT, Millhorn served the University of Cincinnati as the inaugural director of its Genome Research Institute and chairman of its Department of Genome Science. He is a member of the American Physiological Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for Neuroscience, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Millhorn holds the bachelor’s degree from UT Chattanooga and the Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He was Professor from 1980-1994 in the Department of Physiology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Stacey PattersonStacey Patterson, Ph.D.

Vice President

Dr. Stacey Patterson is Vice President of the UTRF Multi-Disciplinary Office. In addition to her role with UTRF, she also serves as Assistant Vice President and Director of Research Partnerships in the Executive Vice President’s Office at the University of Tennessee where she is responsible for management and oversight of several state-wide initiatives within the office including the Volunteer State Solar Initiative, Tennessee’s EPSCoR research infrastructure program and Cherokee Farm Development.

Prior to taking on those roles, Dr. Patterson was a Licensing Associate with UTRF where she was responsible for managing and licensing a broad portfolio of the intellectual property.

Dr. Patterson earned a B.S. in Microbiology from UT, an M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from East Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology at UT. She was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of South Florida and returned to UT in a joint appointment in research and technology transfer. She has secured extramural funding from NOAA, the Army, NSF and NIH and has been a contributor on five US patents in the area of sensor development and cancer imaging.

Nghia ChiemNghia Chiem, Ph.D.

Licensing Associate

Nghia is a licensing associate in the Knoxville office, where he focuses on the commercialization of technologies developed from inventors of the Institute of Agriculture, Chemistry, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He has more than ten years of experience working in biotechnology and start-up companies. Prior to joining UTRF, Nghia served as a senior scientist for Protein Discovery, a Knoxville-based life sciences company with a focus on commercializing sample preparation technologies for the mass-spectrometry market. He also previously was a senior application scientist at Coventor, and a cofounder of a spin-off company. Nghia has a Ph.D.. in analytical chemistry from the University of Alberta, and a B.SC in chemical physics from Simon Fraser University.

Teresa CooperTeresa Cooper

Accounting Assistant

Teresa is an Accounting Assistant at UTRF. She supports several aspects of the Accounting Department as well as providing day-to-day assistance to the Business Manager. She has over 15 years of experience as a bookkeeper in the private sector. Teresa holds an Associate of Applied Science degree from Pellissippi State.

Teresa CooperMelissa Dos Santos

Marketing Coordinator

Melissa is responsible for overseeing all aspects of our corporate marketing campaign including print and on-line media for both of UTRF's locations (Knoxville and Memphis). Prior to joining UTRF Melissa taught Communication Design at Pellissippi State Community College for 5 years, and worked in graphic design and marketing in the private sector for 12 years. Melissa holds a B. A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, an A.A.S. in Communication Graphics Technology from Pellissippi State, and a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Samantha JeffersSamantha Jeffers

Budget Director

Samantha manages the accounting needs for both of UTRF's locations (Knoxville and Memphis). Prior to joining UT, Samantha worked in public accounting for 10 years. She has acquired a broad working knowledge of different industries and has extensive experience in financial statement preparation, payroll and taxation. Samantha has a B.A. in accounting from University of North Florida and is currently pursuing her CPA license.

Maha KrishnamurthyMaha Krishnamurthy, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President of Licensing

Maha Krishnamurthy is Assistant Vice President of Licensing in the Knoxville office, where she is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities related to licensing. She joined UTRF as a Licensing Associate in 2011 and has led several revenue generating license agreements and assisted UT with negotiating IP provisions in sponsored research agreements. She has helped launch several startup companies based on UT’s intellectual property.

Prior to joining UTRF in 2011, Maha spent time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as an intellectual property commercialization, licensing and maturation consultant and assisted with managing the privately funded technology transfer program. She holds a Ph.D. in physics from Colorado State University, an MBA from the University of Tennessee and did post-doctoral research work at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park.

Andreana LeskovjanAndreana Leskovjan, Ph.D.

Licensing Assistant

Andreana is a licensing assistant responsible for the evaluation and commercialization of intellectual property developed in the College of Engineering in Knoxville. Previously, she was a postdoctoral research associate studying Alzheimer’s disease in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Stony Brook University. During her graduate studies, she also worked extensively at the synchrotrons at Brookhaven and Argonne National Laboratories. Andreana holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Stony Brook University and is also a registered patent agent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Susan McCueSusan McCue

Patent Coordinator

Susan joined the staff of UTRF as Patent Coordinator in 2012. This newly formed position focuses on the generation of invention/patent portfolio data, government and private sector report compliance, and the ongoing development and implementation of processes that assist technology transfer participants in achieving individual and common goals.

Susan came to UTRF with an extensive background in data and file management, having worked as a senior litigation paralegal specializing in case management and complex discovery issues. She worked with AmLaw 500 firms in Boston and Washington, D.C. as well as some of the top firms in Knoxville. She is well versed in utilizing the most up-to-date technologies to manage the flow of data and information while maintaining awareness of the varied and multi-faceted needs of the process participants.

Connie MrozConnie Mroz

Office Manager

Connie is responsible for administrative support to UTRF staff as well as working with the Inteum database. Connie has over 10 years of experience in administrative support in both academic and professional settings. Prior to joining UTRF, Connie was administrative support in the UT Department of Mathematics. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in History and a minor in Environmental Studies.

Patrick ReynoldsPatrick Reynolds, Ph.D.

Licensing Associate

Patrick is a licensing associate at UTRF’s Knoxville office, where he manages the commercialization of technologies developed at the Graduate School of Medicine as well as innovation in the areas of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, genome science, microbiology, and biomedical engineering. Before joining UTRF, Patrick was a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University, where his research focused on genetic and environmental factors contributing to neurodegeneration. He was also an intern in Emory’s Office of Technology Transfer, focused on commercializing medical devices and diagnostics. While in Atlanta, Patrick served as the director of the First Contact Program for Georgia Bio, connecting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with mentors in various life science careers in the greater Atlanta area. Patrick holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mary Ann Warwick RussellMary Ann Warwick Russell, J.D.

Senior Staff Attorney

Mary Ann is responsible for advising the research offices, faculty and staff at all of the UT campuses and institutes on intellectual property and related issues. This includes review and negotiation of intellectual property related provisions of University agreements, as well as research, material transfer and confidentiality agreements. Prior to joining UTRF, Mary Ann was in private practice in Knoxville. She received both her undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee. She is very involved in the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and is a member of their Central Region Planning Committee.

Health Science Center Office (Memphis)

Memphis Tech Transfer Office

910 Madison Avenue, Suite 827
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-7827 


Richard MagidRichard Magid, Ph.D.

Vice President | 901.448.1562

Richard is vice president of UTRF at the UT Health Science Center and manages the operations of the Memphis office. This office is responsible for all aspects of the commercialization of technologies developed at the UTHSC. The Memphis UTRF office also assists the UTHSC by negotiating confidentiality and material transfer agreements, offering educational programs on technology transfer and entrepreneurship, and connecting researchers with local economic development resources. Prior to joining UTRF in 2006, Richard worked as a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, where he entered the field of technology transfer via an internship at the Penn Center for Technology Transfer. Richard holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Georgia Tech and is also a registered patent agent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Lakita CavinLakita Cavin, J.D., Ph.D.

Senior Staff Attorney | 901.448.7825

Lakita is part of the UT Health Science Center (UTHSC) team. She is responsible for licensing university technology as well as preparing and reviewing research-related contracts, such as material transfer, research and confidentiality agreements. As a registered patent attorney, Cavin will also provide strategic support for drafting and prosecuting patent applications on new disclosures from across the UT System. Cavin has been with UTRF as a staff attorney and licensing associate since 2007. Prior to joining UTRF, Lakita was a post-doctoral research scientist and assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the Health Science Center, where her research focused in the area of liver cancer. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Auburn University and a J.D. from the University of Memphis.

Stefan SchweizerStefan Schweizer, Ph.D.

Licensing Associate | 901.448.1146

Stefan is a licensing associate in the Memphis office where he is responsible for IP evaluation and commercialization of technologies and products developed at the UT Health Sciences Center. His main focus areas are innovations in pharmaceuticals, materials for medical applications and medical devices.
Before joining UTRF, Stefan worked as scientist in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry as well as for biotechnology nonprofit research organizations. Stefan holds a PhD in chemistry from Georg-August University Gӧttingen (Germany), a B.Eng. in chemical engineering from University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt and an MBA from Kelley School of Business (Indiana University).

Tinieka ThrailkillTinieka Thrailkill

Senior Administrative Coordinator | 901.448.7827

Tinieka is the Administrative Coordinator at UTRF’s Memphis office and is responsible for processing invention disclosures, managing the technology database and patent portfolio, handling reporting requirements for the federal government, and managing the administrative needs of the UT Health Science Center Office. She has an associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies, a undergraduate degree in Non-Profit Development and Administration, a graduate degree in Human Resources Leadership.

Stacy WilliamsStacy Williams, Ph.D.

Licensing Assistant | 901.448.2181

Stacy is a licensing assistant at UTRF’s Memphis office where she focuses on the commercialization of technologies developed in the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing at the UT Health Sciences Center.

Prior to joining UTRF, Stacy was a postdoctoral fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where her research focused on DNA repair in the developing nervous system. She was also previously a chemist within the DuPont Crop Protection discovery organization and a technology commercialization intern at the Yale University Office of Cooperative Research. Stacy holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from Yale University.

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