Featuring Dermatology Research Physician
Dr. Tamia Harris-Tryon, a dermatologist at UT Southwestern, will present “Living at the Interface: My Journey in Science and Medicine,” at the annual Austin College Women’s Health and Cancer Forum on Tuesday, November 27. As a practicing dermatologist, she also researches innate immunity, host-microbial interactions, and skin conditions that are prevalent in women of color.
Harris-Tryon will deliver the keynote at 5 p.m. in IDEA Center Room 127; the forum is free and open to the public. In her talk, she aims to identify how research and medical education are aligned and how research can be beneficial to a practicing physician.
Harris-Tryon received her M.D./Ph.D. training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2010, studying cellular and molecular medicine. Her current research aims to understand how the organisms that reside on the surface of the skin impact the immune system.
Funding for the 2018 Austin College Women’s Health and Cancer Forum comes from the Discovery Foundation of Dallas and the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) grant from the National Science Foundation.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, emphasizes undergraduate research in all disciplines. The college has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with 46 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. This year, the campus recognizes 100 years of co-education and has had several opportunities to recognize the history of women and accomplishments of current alumnae. Austin College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.