Dee Helton - University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Dee Helton is a Ph.D. student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center concentrating on Biomedical Science and Neurogenetics. Originally from Indiana, Dee moved to Texas to pursue her B.S. in neuroscience at Baylor University. During her time at Baylor, Dee joined Kappa Delta sorority and received an internship through KD to work with Karen Hasty, Wilhelm Professor of Orthopaedics at the UT-Campbell Clinic. At the UT-Campbell Clinic, Dee’s project was to design and test new technological advances in the materials used in implants and prosthetics. This opportunity opened the door for Dee to receive the Neuroscience Institute Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in the summer of 2009, to pursue her degree at the UT Health Science Center, and ultimately land a graduate position at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she is currently working on a model of Alzheimer’s disease. Her ultimate career goal is to work for the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

Dee is the student body president of the UT Health Science Center. She is also the student representative on numerous committees, including the Campus Improvement Fund, Graduate Studies Council, Student Health Advisory Board, Library Advisory Board, and the Centennial Committee. In addition, Dee serves as a chapter advisory board member for the Kappa Delta chapter at Rhodes College and is the alumnae representative for the Kappa Delta Memphis Alumni Chapter.  In her spare time, Dee likes running along the Mississippi River or cheering on her UT Vols.