Director Biotechnology Master's Degree Program
Dr. Tvinnereim is an Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Biology and Director of the Master in Science in Biotechnology program at the University of Texas as Tyler Health Science Center Campus. She was trained as an Immunologist and Microbiologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she earned her Ph.D. Dr. Tvinnereim came to the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler as a postdoctoral fellow in 2002 and joined the faculty in 2007. Dr. Tvinnereim is the Director of Core Facilities and is responsible for the operation and management of designated core facility equipment in Biomedical Research. The core facility supports the innovative research done at UT Tyler Health Science Center by providing specialized equipment as well as expertise and training required to optimize the data obtained from this equipment. The core facility equipment includes flow cytometers, microCT scanners, a flexivent ventilator, and an aerosol exposure chamber. Dr. Tvinnereim has been active in the Biotechnology program since 2009 and has been the instructor of record for Tissue culture, DNA Forensics, Advanced Immunology, and Advanced Biotechniques. She has also taught sections of Biophysical Chemistry and Critical Readings. In 2018, Dr. Tvinnereim was a recipient of the Reagents Outstanding Teaching award which recognizes extraordinary classroom performance and innovation. In addition to her instructional duties, Dr. Tvinnereim has served on the Admissions committee, the Curriculum Committee and has been active in promoting and recruiting students for the program. Dr. Tvinnereim was named the Director of the Biotechnology Program in 2022. Dr. Tvinnereim has also been an active participant in the design of the curriculum for the Microbiology and Immunology courses for the UT Tyler School of Medicine.