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Phipps Named Director of UT Core Facilities Program

Jon Phipps has been named director of Core Facilities at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Phipps has been part of the university research community for more than a decade: as a student, as a post-doc, and most recently as a Biological Safety Specialist in the Office of Research and Engagement.

Jonathan Phipps“I am excited to have been selected to take part in this endeavor, and look forward to helping build the Core Facilities Program,” said Phipps. “Given the current funding environment, the continued growth and development of this program will be critical to the mission of the university by ensuring that our faculty have access to cutting-edge technologies and remain competitive among their peers.”

Core facilities are shared resources available to faculty, staff and students at UT as well as academic and non-academic clients for non-commercial research purposes.

In many cases, core facilities contain large pieces of equipment that, while vital to the mission of the university, may be cost prohibitive if purchased and operated by individual faculty members or departments.

As director, Phipps will be responsible for formulating and implementing a strategy to create an effective and efficient organizational structure for the UT Core Facilities Program, coordinating and integrating the various resources that are available through core facilities, and working closely with the leadership of individual cores to ensure the quality and affordability of research services and accountability for day-to-day operations.

“These shared resources will greatly enhance the ability of our investigators to conduct research using cutting-edge technologies while reducing both cost and time to data acquisition,” said Janet Nelson, associate vice chancellor for research development. “During his time at UT, Jon has built strong relationships among the faculty, and he will bring a unique insight and perspective to the task of strengthening and building core facilities at the university.”

Phipps received both a master’s degree and doctorate in comparative and experimental medicine at UT and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lincoln Memorial University.

In his two years with the Biosafety Program, Phipps was integral in training students and faculty for Biosafety Level-2 laboratories. He also conducted classroom training sessions on bloodborne pathogen awareness. During this time, he was also involved in campus-wide risk assessment and laboratory inspections.


Erin Chapin (865-974-2187, erin.chapin@utk.edu)