IMG_3465 Mentor 2016 webFrom L-R: Patti Lee-Robinson, Dr. Claire Wright,
Sheryl Vermudez and Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM

Chaminade University announced that Claire Wright, PhD, had been selected as the Outstanding Mentor for 2016.  Dr. Wright was formally recognized at the 14th Annual Na Liko Na’auao: Chaminade University’s Celebration of Student Scholarship, held on April 8 at the Clarence T. C. Ching Conference Center.  Sheryl Anne Vermudez, a senior who is a double-major in Forensic Science and Biochemistry and Dr. Wright’s mentee, made the nomination.

“Dr. Wright has impacted the lives of many undergraduates and graduate students. In the classroom, she does not simply teach her students, she leads them to discoveries of their interests, and cultivates their growth as a scientist and a person,” Vermudez wrote. “She has challenged me, not as a way to test my limits, but to prepare me for my post baccalaureate plans.”

Vermudez had presented at Na Liko on “The Effect of Silica Nanoparticles on Norovirus Replication and Cell Interaction” plans to pursue a doctorate degree in pharmacology.  She is passionate about research, thanks to Dr. Wright. “..She took me in as a freshman student, and I have worked in her lab during my whole undergraduate career.  My passion for scientific research developed because of the opportunity she gave me to be in her lab,” Vermudez explained.

Dr. Wright completed her undergraduate and graduate training in the UK and holds degrees in physiology, neuroscience and neuropathology. Since her move to Hawaii she has focused her research interests in the field of parturition and has held several university and local foundation grants. Her research program at Chaminade is centered on understanding the mechanisms of the integrity of the tissues of pregnancy, as she is committed to improving women’s healthcare and neonatal outcomes here in Hawaii.

Dr. Wright has taught at Chaminade since 2012.

For more on Dr. Wright, go to:
http://www.chaminade.edu/faculty/claire-wright-phd