Tennille Deloris Presley

PhD : 2007
Professor of Physics
Winston Salem State University


My Story:

Upon graduating from the Biophysics program in 2007, I completed a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at Wake Forest University. Looking back, my time at OSU was invaluable. The knowledge and skillset that I obtained during the program equipped me with the necessary tools to succeed in any environment, and especially towards my career trajectory. My PI, Dr. Govindasamy Ilangovan, was the best mentor and advisor that I could have ever had. Dr. Ilangovan and members of the Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Center became my family, and provided amazing support as I matriculated through the program. In addition, some of my classmates became my life-long friends.

In my career as an Associate Professor of Physics, my experiences at OSU laid the foundation and helped me create an undergraduate course at my institution entitled Introduction to Biophysics. It also aided in building my confidence to become a professor because I know that I am knowledgeable and an expert in my field. In 2016, I published my first book entitled Biophysics of the Senses. Ultimately, my OSU experiences helped me to see that the sky is the limit!

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