Meet the NIMBioS staff

Sherri Dugger

Business Manager
phone: 865-974-4894

Sherri Dugger has lived in Knoxville for the majority of her life. She is a three-generation student of Central High School, earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration at UT Knoxville, and has worked at the University for more than thirty years. She has seen many changes during her time at UT, but her passion and support for the students has remained consistent. In her free time, Sherri enjoys attending athletic events, kayaking, hiking and traveling.

Jondale Stratton

IT Manager

Jondale Stratton earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from UT Knoxville and has over 20 years of experience with systems administration and software development. He volunteers at the local makerspace, KnoxMakers, and currently serves as the organization's Technical Director as well as lead for the Lasercutting zone. In his free time, you'll often find Jondale building laser cutters, riding tractors, fighting robots, and tending to bunnies.

Graham Derryberry

Research Programmer
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Graham Derryberry is the Center-wide Research Programmer at NIMBioS, where he does software consulting for research, with a specialty in adaptation for submission to computing clusters like Rocky. He also assists with hardware and software for data collection in the field and in the lab. Graham earned his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from MIT. Graham has an interest in 3D printing, including toys and props for holidays.

Kristen Mecke

Project Manager

Kristen Mecke is an ecologist by training and received her MS from Missouri State. Before joining the NIMBioS team, she worked on multiple NPS teams and managed several research labs. Her love for science and her organization/planning skills landed her here. In her free time, you can find her whitewater rafting, doing yoga, or hiking in the smokies

Liliana Farabaugh

Communications Manager

Liliana Farabaugh earned her bachelor's degree from West Virginia University, where she studied public relations, communications and strategic social media. While in college, she interned for KinetX Aerospace and NASA Independent Verification and Validation Facility. Lily is passionate about science communications and making science more accessible to all. In her free time, she enjoys playing instruments, photography and exploring Knoxville with her dog, Luna.

Anne M. Ho

Assistant Director of Grant Development
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Dr. Anne M. Ho received her PhD and MS in Math from Colorado State University as well as her BA in English and Math from Regis University. Before joining NIMBioS, Anne was a faculty member at UT Knoxville and Coastal Carolina. She taught a wide range of courses, led research projects in STEM education, and engaged in outreach programs. In her free time, Anne enjoys traveling, cooking, and reading.


Our mission is to foster the growth of transdisciplinary approaches within mathematics and biology


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University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-3410

Nina Fefferman, Director


From 2008 until early 2021, NIMBioS was supported by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Any options, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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