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Biological Safety Staff

Brian S. RangerBiological Safety Officer (BSO)

Brian S. Ranger, MS, SM (NRCM), CBSP, is the Biological Safety Officer for the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Institute of Agriculture, and Graduate School of Medicine. Brian moved to Knoxville from southwestern Missouri in 1992 to attend UT. He graduated in 1996 with a degree in Biology. After a short stint with the UT Medical Center-Knoxville clinical laboratory, Brian returned to UT to pursue a graduate degree. He studied microbial pathogenesis in Dr. Robert Moore’s lab in the Microbiology Department, primarily focusing on molecular mechanisms of virulence associated with Mannheimia haemolytica and recombinant antibody development. After completing his M.S. in 2000, Brian began working as a laboratory technician for Dr. Pamela Small in the Microbiology Department. During six years of service to Dr. Small, he assisted with research on Mycobacterium ulcerans, an environmental pathogen that causes Buruli ulcer, as well as other closely related Mycobacterium species. In 2006, he moved to the Biosafety Office, serving as the Assistant BSO for several months. Brian accepted the BSO position in January 2008.

Biological Safety Specialist

Linda R. Hamilton, MPH, is the Biosafety Specialist for the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Institute of Agriculture, and Graduate School of Medicine. Linda’s first experience with the research community at UT was as a freshman work-study student assigned to Dr. David Bemis’ lab in Walter’s Life Sciences Bldg.  Under the mentorship of Dr. Bemis, Linda completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in microbiology and medical technology (Medical Technology Program at UT Medical Center).  After five years working as a medical technologist, Linda returned to UT to pursue a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety.  During this time, she worked as a student sub-contractor to ORNL in the Industrial Hygiene department working on hazard communication compliance.  Completion of the degree required an internship which Linda completed at the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa, Inc.) in Alcoa, TN.  Linda was hired at Alcoa where she worked for 10 years in air pollution control compliance and 5 years in health and safety compliance.  Linda returned to the clinical lab environment at Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network in Maryville, TN in 2007 as a cytogenetics technologist and worked there until coming home to UT in the Environmental, Health, and Safety Department as a Laboratory Safety Specialist in 2014.  Linda enjoys cooking and spending quality time with family and friends.

Jessica D. WoofterAdministrative Specialist III

Jessica D. Woofter, BGS, CAP, provides services for the Offices of Biosafety and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at the University of Tennessee. She has more than eleven years combined experience of working in corporate offices, universities, hotels, and financial institutions. Prior to moving to her position at UT in 2011, she worked as a Financial Associate for Tulane University. In 2014, she completed her Bachelor of General Studies in Business and Writing from Georgia Southern University and completed her Certification as an Administrative Professional through the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

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