Business, chemistry and computer engineering professors appointed as newest GHS faculty fellows
Clemson University professors Kristin Scott, Jeff Anker and Goutam Koley have been accepted as the newest Clemson University School of Health Research (CUSHR) and Greenville Health System Faculty Fellows.
Faculty Fellows are tenured faculty members who are embedded in a Greenville Health System (GHS) department for a semester and summer to produce health-related research. Through this program, Faculty Fellows shift their focus from regular teaching duties to a comprehensive research agenda.
In their roles, they serve as leaders in collaborative health research between Clemson and GHS.
“These three faculty members bring unique expertise to the health research partnership with Greenville Health System,” said Windsor Westbrook Sherrill, associate vice president for Health Research and GHS chief science officer. “The collaborative impact of day-to-day interaction with clinical research partners is a key opportunity of the CUSHR Faculty Fellowship initiative.”
An associate professor in the College of Business, Scott’s fellowship research focus will be to gain a better understanding of the impact of burnout and related interventions employee wellbeing and job-related behavior in the field of health care.
She is developing a training program aimed at improving employee coping and resiliency skills with a goal to boost mental well-being and interpersonal relationships.
For 15 years, she’s conducted research aimed at improving employee and organizational well-being through the study of employee relations, leadership, group dynamics and incentive practices. Prior to teaching, she was a human resources professional for more than 10 years.
Anker is a Wallace R. Roy Distinguished Associate Professor in the chemistry department. While his research focuses on developing imaging techniques and contrast agents to study chemical and biophysical processes in deep tissue, the focus of his fellowship takes his research one step further.
During his fellowship, he plans to study non-invasive monitoring of fracture healing and development of sensors to detect and monitor infections in orthopedic patients.
In this field of study, he is a lead investigator on a project funded through National Institutes of Health Research Project Grant Program (NIH R01) in collaboration with GHS to image pH on the surface of implanted orthopedic devices in a non-invasive way to detect and monitor infection.
Koley is a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering. During his fellowship, he plans to investigate correlations between environmental factors and incidence of asthma as it remains a major cause of childhood disability and may limit a child’s ability to play, learn and sleep. He will specifically study data from the greater Greenville area, with a focus on high risk neighborhoods and schools.
Koley has been involved with the development of the environmental, biological and wearable sensors for nearly 12 years, which will be relevant to his research. He has also worked with pediatric surgeons at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Since the program started in 2015 there have been four other faculty fellows embedded in various GHS departments.
Clemson University’s School of Health Research is a multidisciplinary unit designed to accelerate growth in health-related research and education. The school creates opportunities for faculty and students across disciplines to engage in applied research, professional learning, and immersion experiences to transform healthcare delivery and health outcomes. The embedded fellowship strengthens these objectives and fosters collaborations between researchers and physicians.