Biochemistry Student Presents at Research Conference


This past weekend (February 8-9, 2019), CBU student Erfon Pourhashemi (Biochemistry 2019), participated in the 51st Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference that was held on the campus of The University of Tennessee Martin.

He presented his research, “Efficiency of Anti-HTT DNAzyme treatment for Huntington’s Disease”, to more than 50 student and faculty members that were in attendance.

La’Tosha Brown, Clinical Site Development Manager

Tosha Brown

Since October of 2018, La’Tosha Brown has served as the CBU Clinical Site Development Manager for the PA Program. When you see her on campus, please know that she prefers to be called “Tosha”.

Tosha has almost ten years of higher education experience and has worked in various aspects of PA Education for the last four and a half years. Tosha has a strong passion for developing preceptors and clinical sites – a skill that is very important as CBU and the School of Sciences seek to increase the number of clinical experiences across the School.

One of the things that is important for all of us at CBU is to raise awareness about the Physician Assistant profession throughout the Mid-South and to attract quality preceptors for our CBU students.Tosha Brown will be working to recruit, sustain and bring awareness of the PA Program clinical needs. If you would like for Tosha to speak to your class or at an event to discuss PA education or preceptors please contact her directly with the information below.

phone: 901-321-3272

Note: The picture shown is of Tosha at PAEA Conference in October during a group assignment focused on assigning objectives and learning outcomes to the revised ARC-PA accreditation standards released.


PA Class of 2021

Class of 2021 - Jan 8 2019

Please join the School of Sciences and the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program in welcoming our newest cohort of students. These students in the class of 2021 began their studies at CBU on January 7, 2019.

We are excited about the increase in students to 32. We had a record number of applicants during the 2018 application season. The next application season will open at the end of April. We introduce to you…after months and months of reviewing and interviewing, the Class of 2021.

Dr. Merat is Honored by State Association

lil_DennisWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Dennis L. Merat, CBU Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, was recently honored by the Tennessee Science Teachers Association (TSTA) as a 2018 nominee and finalist for the Higher Education Science Educator of the Year Award. Dennis was honored with his nomination for his achievements and dedication to science education. Only 16 teachers across four different categories were nominated as finalists by TSTA in 2018. Awards were made based on educational philosophy, experience, and leadership roles.

From the TSTA News Release:

Dr. Dennis L. Merat is a great example of the fantastic teachers we have in Tennessee and the dedication and care they exhibit in the profession.

Congratulations, Dennis!

For more information about TSTA, visit


PA Retreat – Dec. 19-20, 2018

PA_retreat_wordpressWhile our students have already started their between semester break, the faculty and staff of our graduate Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program met for a two day retreat at Crosstown Concourse.

In addition to team building, our PA team took time for review and program assessment – a necessary part of the PA program accreditation process.

Top Row:

  • La-Tosha Brown (Clinical Site Development Manager)
  • Tony Schnuerer, PA-C (Assistant Professor)
  • W. Adam Boyd, PA-C (Director of Clinical Education)
  • Carey Elder (Administrative Assistant)
  • Christopher (Office Support – Temp)

Front Row:

  • Dana Sayre-Stanhope (external PA consultant)
  • Lucille Starks (Data Coordinator)
  • Teresa Preston, PA-C (Director of PA Studies Program)
  • Dr. Gary Tooley, DHSc, PA-C (Director of Academics)
  • Cheryl Scott, RN, CNL (Director of Clinical Simulation)
  • Dr. Cherese Tooley, M.D. (Medical Director)


Telescope Seminar on January 4th

On Friday, January 4, 2019 at 8:00pm the Memphis Astronomical Society (M.A.S) will present a free seminar on “How to Set Up and Use Your New Christmas Telescope”.

Topics to be covered include:

  • types of telescope designs
  • power (magnification)
  • the magnitude scale
  • finder scopes
  • types of mountings
  • using sky maps to find and learn the major constellations and important celestial objects
  • hands on assistance by knowledgeable M.A.S. members (weather permitting)

This seminar will be held in room 155 of Assisi Hall on the campus of Christian Brothers University. This seminar will be led by Dr. William Busler (CBU professor emeritus of chemistry). All are welcome.

Dr. William J. Busler

Need an Elective? – spring 2019

Here’s a few courses that have seats left:

  • BIOL 421/421L Cell and Molecular Biology with Lab
    11:00-11:50 MWF (lecture) , 2:00-4:50pm Thur (lab)
  • BIOL 494/494L: Special Topics: Ornithology with Lab
    8:00-9:15 TR (lecture) , 6:00-7:50am TR (lab)
  • CHEM 342 Physical Biochemistry
    9:30-10:45 TR
  • CHEM 420 Advanced Forensic Chemistry
    11:00-12:15 TR
  • MATH 301 Geometry and History of Mathematics
    1:00-1:50 MWF
  • PHYSICS 415/415L Optics with Lab
    10:00-10:50 MWF (lecture) , 2:00-4:00pm Tues (lab)
  • PHYSICS 448 Quantum Mechanics II
    11:00-12:15 TR