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Laura Stephan, Ph.D.

stephanI was born in Nashville and grew up in nearby Franklin, TN. I earned a B.S. in Health Sciences from Furman University in Greenville, SC and then completed additional coursework in Biological Science and Chemistry prior to beginning graduate school. I attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where I received my Ph.D. from the Pharmacology Department in the Molecular Medicine Graduate Program.

While in graduate school, I was part of the Cardiovascular Research Center in the lab of Dr. Lynn Hedrick. Our lab focused on the role of inflammation in cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Our lab focused on the roles of macrophages on vascular endothelial cells in chronic inflammatory disease states. Additionally, I investigated the role of an orphan G-protein coupled receptor, G2A, on whole body cholesterol homeostasis and cholesterol gallstone disease. Following graduation, I began teaching Introductory Biology courses as a part-time adjunct instructor at Belmont University. Additionally, I taught an Immunology course to students in the School of Pharmacy at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. I joined Belmont in 2015 as a full time Lecturer, teaching introductory courses in Biology as well as Anatomy and Physiology. I found my passion in teaching and have tremendously enjoyed the opportunities to engage and encourage my students. It has been a true joy.

When not at Belmont, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Scott, and our three children Luca (6), Grace (4), and Cristian (2). I am incredibly grateful for my family and my work. When I get a chance, I love being outside, working in the garden, taking a stroll, grabbing a quick run, or taking an occasional spin class.