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Lauren Gollahon, Ph.D. - Pathophysiology and Cancer Biology

Dr. Gollahon

Dr. Gollahon brings 30+ years of research experience to the Biology Department at Texas Tech University. With a B.A. in Marine Biology from Barrington College, an M.S. in Zoology and Ph.D. in Veterinary Anatomy from Texas A&M University, this varied background and understanding of Biological Systems allows her to identify patterns that emerge from molecular and cellular pathways and integrate them into a global framework. Bolstered by her background in Anatomy and Physiology, Postdoctoral Fellowships at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Gollahon has an exceptional ability to recognize products with commercial potential in health-related fields. Dr. Gollahon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University, where she has an ongoing research program in understanding aspects of breast cancer development, progression and metastasis, through to designing treatment strategies. She has active projects with colleagues in Chemical Engineering, Nutrition Sciences, Environmental Toxicology, Animal Sciences and at the TTU Health Science Center. 

Dr. Gollahon's Pathophysiology class has a high level of rigor with a very broad scope that covers all organ systems. The prerequisite courses (Anatomy and Physiology I & II) are non-negotiable and absolutely essential for understanding Pathophysiology. Students need to take study of their Anatomy and Physiology courses seriously in order to properly tackle the more advanced systems and understanding their pathologies and disruptions.

Pathophysiology is the capstone for nursing majors, and it is essential that students discipline their approach to studying in order to understand course content and clinical application. Students should start making that important transition to a professional attitude toward the material as it will ultimately impact their patient care. Dr. Gollahon recommends that students stay accountable for weekly assignments and consider how it impacts completing patient reports in the future.

In order to be successful in Pathophysiology Dr. Gollahon suggests that students review areas they were weak in when they completed Anatomy and Physiology I & II, and also review material from Pathophysiology daily. Within the same vein of student professionalism, she recommends students keep open lines of communication with her from the start of classes and not wait until the course is almost over to address issues.


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