At the college level
Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:38 am
The Messenger 07.14.10
Derrick Mathias, son of former Union City residents Ken and Cissie Mathias of Athens, Ala., and grandson of Ella Mathias of Union City, recently earned a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
He then accepted a position in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He will be working in medical entomology with emphasis on the genetics of Anopheline Mosquitoes, which transmit malaria.
Mathias, a 1992 graduate of Union City High School, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis and his first master’s degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene. He then received his PhD from the same school in 2006 and went on to spend 2 1⁄2 years working for the Center for Disease Control in Africa, where he specialized in malaria and other infectious diseases.
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Laura Jill Asbridge recently graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with a doctor of physical therapy degree.
She is the daughter of Lee and Patti Asbridge; the granddaughter of Kenneth and Frances Poland and Donald and Mary Asbridge; the niece of Jeff and Margie Asbridge; and the sister of Leena Asbridge, all of Kenton.
Ms. Asbridge previously graduated from UT Martin with a bachelor of science degree in health and human performance with a concentration in exercise science in 2006.
She has accepted a position with Memphis Physical Therapy in downtown Memphis and will begin work this month.
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