Meet Our Directors
Lorenz O. Lutherer, MD, PhD
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, PhD attended University of Dallas graduating in 1971 with a double major in Biology and
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, 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
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.