ETSU Trailblazers

ETSU researchers and innovators blaze new trails by challenging the status quo. They go where others have not gone. Our students, staff, and faculty blaze trails because doing so is a calling. This challenging, mission-driven trailblazing improves the quality of life in our region and beyond.

Data Points

$70 million

In Sponsored Projects Awarded


Monetary Awards Rewarded in FY22

$22.1 million

Federal Awards


All-Time Patent Approval Rate

$23.3 million

In Research and Development Expenditures

67% increase

In Research Expenditures FY20-FY22

Cardiovascular Disease

Vocal Fatigue

Circadian Rhythms

Dr. Cerrone Foster, along with undergraduate students, studies the ways in which estrogen loss impacts cardiovascular disease, as well as how cardiovascular disease differs between genders as they age.

Dr. Chaya Guntupalli is researching the effects of exercise physiology and voice therapy on vocal fatigue. She works closely with students to further this development and help in their personal research interests.

Dr. Darrell Moore and Dr. Thomas Jones are studying spiders and their unique internal clocks in efforts to better understand circadian rhythms and unlock the key to better sleep.

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ETSU's Primary Sources podcast explores the fascinating research and scholarship of our faculty and students.

On the Scent
ETSU Researchers exploring treatments for Loss of Smell

The smell of rain or the scent of a fresh pie baking are luxuries that not all people are able to experience.

A pair of researchers at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine have received a grant totaling more than $1.8 million over the next five years to study how the sense of smell is maintained and how it is repaired after injury or illness.

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