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Sarah DiFurio has joined TTU as the environmental health and safety coordinator, assuming the position previously held by Kent Clawson.

DiFurio will assist and/or develop and implement programs designed to protect university personnel and the campus environment while ensuring regulatory compliance.

Before joining TTU, DiFurio was the biosafety specialist for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for more than four years. There, she managed safety and compliance of research that involved use of pathogens, biological toxins, and recombinant DNA on many UT campuses (the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Forensic Anthropology Center, Institute of Agriculture, College of Veterinary Medicine, Research and Education Centers throughout the state, and the Knoxville Graduate School of Medicine).  

DiFurio has an extensive and broad scientific background as a lab safety manager, lab manager and researcher. She has worked at public universities, private industries and a government laboratory. Over the years she has conducted research in different areas such as bioremediation of radioactive sediments, subsurface microbiology, microbial ecology, molecular biology and analytical chemistry.