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SHARP Staff

Dr. Lynn MorrisonLynn Morrison, Ph.D

SHARP Director & Principal Investigator; Professor, Department of Anthropology

Dr. Lynn Morrison, Associate Professor of Anthropology, is the SHARP Program Director. Dr. Morrison specializes in Medical Anthropology. After working simultaneously on 2 MBRS-SC-1(2004-2008) projects with daily interactions with more than half of the RISE students, she is well-positioned to assume the responsibilities, initiative, and creativity of PI/PD for the RISE-funded SHARP. As co-investigator on previous SCORE projects and interim director of MBRS at UH Hilo, Dr. Morrison attended 2 MBRS conferences (Atlanta and Austin) and served as judge for both poster and oral presentations as well as mentoring our own student presentations. For the final 2 years of these MBRS grants, Dr. Morrison facilitated a “Futures Group” comprised of RISE students which served to motivate them, through meetings, to address their future careers in biomedical research. This involved assisting them in preparing resumes, personal statements, practicing for GREs, and contacting potential advisors. The direct mentoring in overall professional development complemented their laboratory and research experiences and supported their advancement in professional biomedical careers. These two complementary arms will be the focus of SHARP as she will continue, with the Program Coordinator, the Futures Group and direct mentoring.

Cheryl Ramos, Ph.D

SHARP Co-Investigator; Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Cheryl Ramos is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. She teaches courses in Community Psychology, Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Program Evaluation, Psychology & Cancer, and the undergraduate Psychology Practicum. Her work has focused on program evaluation, increasing access to higher education in rural communities, organizational change, and cancer survivorship in rural communities. Dr. Ramos completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaiʻi Hilo, Master’s degree in Social Psychology from the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, and Doctoral degree in Community Psychology from the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. She was born and raised in Pa'auilo in the district of Hāmākua on the Island of Hawaiʻi. Dr. Ramos has received several awards for excellence in teaching, innovation, and mentoring, including the UH Hilo Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, (2000), UH Hilo Outstanding Advisor/Mentor Award (2007), National Society for Leadership and Success Teaching Award (2007), Koichi and Taniyo Taniguchi Award for Excellence and Innovation (2008), Saint Joseph School Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award (2010), Chancellor’s Special Award for Outstanding Service to University of Hawaiʻi Hilo (2016), and the Mentor Recognition Award, University of Hawaiʻi Hilo (2018).

No photo availableGhee Tan, Ph.D

SHARP Co-Investigator; Director, PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Tan received her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Pharmacy from the National University of Singapore. A desire to “create” new medicines and to seek cures for the major afflictions of mankind motivated her to obtain her Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where her dissertation studies focused on the biochemistry, enzymology, and inhibitors of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) reverse transcriptase. After postdoctoral training in cell and molecular biology, and a 2 year appointment as research scientist in the HIV vaccine development arena at the Public Health Research Institute of New York/New York University, Dr. Tan returned to UIC as a research faculty. The next decade of her career was devoted to multidisciplinary drug discovery research in the context of HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and cancer. She participated in the quest for new anticancer agents through the UIC-based National Cooperative Drug Discovery Group (NCDDG), and served as Program Leader for the drug discovery arm of the NIH-funded UIC-based International Cooperative Drug Discovery Groups (ICBG) Consortium for 10 years. Presently, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UH Hilo), Dr. Tan seek to establish a drug discovery program that addresses cancer and the major diseases that impact global health including malaria.

Lenard Allen, M.A.

SHARP Coordinator since 2017

Lenard has a history of advocacy, program development, and community health. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology from University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, and an M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy from the American University of Professional Psychology.

Lisa Muehlstein, Ph.D

Curriculum Developer since 2018

She holds a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Georgia, an M.S. in Biology from Wright State University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado.

In addition to being our SHARP Curriculum Developer, Dr. Muehlstein is affiliated with the Marine Sciences Dept. and the school of Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science (TBCES) at UH Hilo. She is a well-published scientist in the marine sciences with a strong background in microbiology. Her experience with PIPES and student mentoring lends itself well to our goals in SHARP. Lisa also has a specialization in Women in Science.