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Meet our Directors
Professor of Biology, Director of Master of Science in Community Engaged Medicine
After graduating from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1993, Dr. Victoria Turgeon went on to pursue a PhD in neurobiology & anatomy at Wake Forest University where she focused on the role of serine proteases in neuronal development and degeneration. She received her PhD in 1998 along with the Norman Sulkin Award for Excellence in Neuroscience and was immediately hired at Furman University as an Assistant Professor of Biology. During her tenure at Furman, Dr. Turgeon has been awarded the Henry and Ellen Townes Associate Professorship of Biology, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Distinguished Mentor Award, the Alester G. Furman Jr and Janie Earle Furman Meritorious Teaching Award, and the SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award. Her lab has been funded by grants received by the National Institutes of Health and the South Carolina Spinal Cord Research Fund and, along with her students, she has published articles in Thrombosis Research, IMPULSE, Psychopharmacology, Journal for the South Carolina Academy of Science, and the Journal of Freshwater Ecology. During this time Dr. Turgeon has peer-reviewed articles for Journal of Neurobiology, Journal of Neurochemistry, and Journal of Neuroscience. Her greatest professional achievements are her students who have gone on to pursue their passions in the fields of biology and neuroscience.
In addition to the over 40 students that have conducted research in her lab, Dr. Turgeon has mentored students from Bridges to a Brighter Future and Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, along with local high school teachers. She has also served as the faculty supervisor of Furman’s editorial staff for IMPULSE: Undergraduate Journal of Neuroscience.
- Ph.D., Wake Forest University
- B.A., Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
Rachael Bowers, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Education Programs
Rachael Bowers is the Assistant Director for Education Programs for the Institute for the Advancement of Community Health and Furman’s Master of Science in Community Engaged Medicine. Prior to her family’s relocation, she was the program manager for an innovative integrated pediatric primary care and behavioral health program at The Dimock Center, a community health center in Boston, MA. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Rachael also worked on a variety of research projects related to primary care and behavioral health access, perceptions of integrated care and strategies to address social determinants of health in pediatrics. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology and History from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S.W from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in International Family and Community Studies at Clemson University. Her dissertation examined the social and psychological impacts of homeownership achieved through participation in the Habitat for Humanity program in South Carolina.