TTUHSC Clinical Research Institute
HomeClinical Research Institute

Meet Our Directors

Lorenz O. Lutherer, MD, PhD

Lorenz Lutherer

Lorenz O. Lutherer, MD, PhD is the Executive Director of the Clinical Research Institute. His role with the Clinical Research Institute is critical for new and seasoned investigators needing guidance through each phase of the protocol process. Dr. Lutherer has tremendous knowledge and experience in clinical-based and investigator-based research, developing and implementing educational programs, and well-versed in federal and institutional policies.

Dr. Lutherer received his Doctoral degree in Physiology in 1969 from the University of Florida College of Medicine and his Medical degree in 1977 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He is a member of the American Physiological Society, the Society of Clinical Research Professionals, and Academy of Pharmaceuticals Physicians and Investigators. In addition, he has served on many institutional, local, state and national scientific committees.


Tom Tenner, PhD

Tom Tenner

Tom Tenner, PhD attended University of Dallas graduating in 1971 with a double major in Biology and Chemistry.

He joined the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, studied Autonomic/Cardiovascular Pharmacology, and graduated with a PhD in 1976.  In 1978, Dr. Tenner accepted a position at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in the Department of Pharmacology.

Over the years, Dr. Tenner's research has been funded by numerous state, federal and national organizations.He continues to serve on various local, state and federal committees.


Alan Peiris, MD, PhD, MRCS, FRCP

Alan Peiris

Alan.Peiris, MD, PhD is a board certified Endocrinologist interested in clinical research. He is Professor and Vice-Chair in the department of Internal Medicine and Co-director of the clinical research institute. His research has included not only direct interventional studies in obesity and insulin metabolism but also epidemiologic and outcomes research.

Dr. Peiris also has a published interested in vitamin D. He has worked with many trainees and junior faculty to promote clinical research with resultant peer reviewed publications.


Catherine (Cathy) Lovett, RN, MSN, CCRC, CCRP

Cathy Lovett

Catherine (Cathy) Lovett, RN, MSN, CCRC, CCRP is the Managing Director of the Clinical Research Institute. This role in the CRI includes several diverse aspects of clinical research. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department, developing and teaching educational programs, developing/negotiating budgets, as well as helping to develop the clinical research infrastructure for TTUHSC and our affiliated hospital.

Cathy has been a nurse for almost 30 years; the majority of her experience is in the care of the critically ill adult patient. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in 1987 from West Texas State University and her Master's of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in 2008.

She is experienced in protocol design as well as conducting Phase 1 through Phase IV drug, device, industry and investigator initiated studies. Her professional memberships include the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, the Society of Clinical Research Associates, and the American Association of Critical Care nurses.