May 8, 2012

Campus Voices: Mark Lenox


Mark Lenox

Meet Mark Lenox: Dr. Mark Lenox is the director of imaging at the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS), which is part of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

How did you get your start?

I attended graduate school at Texas A&M University. I completed a masters of electrical engineering in 1990 under Karan Watson. I later went on and pursued a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Tennessee. After leaving there, I went to work for a small startup company in Knoxville called CTI-PET Systems, the company responsible for the development of PET imaging. The company grew tremendously and was eventually sold to Siemens Medical. After the sale to Siemens, my wife and I endowed a Presidential Endowed Scholarship here at Texas A&M.

Please explain the lab and equipment you use at TIPS.

We use PET, CT, MRI, X-ray and ultrasound here in the lab. We have some of the finest equipment anywhere in the world. We are also a GLP lab. GLP stands for an FDA regulation called Good Laboratory Practices. The FDA requires that all information used in a FDA submission for a new drug, device or therapy be done according to GLP processes.

What do you use this equipment for?

We are involved in the development and testing of new drugs, therapies and devices for both human and veterinary applications.

What is the hardest part of your job?

The hardest part of this job is staying on track. We have lots of different projects running at any given time with a wide variety of requirements.  In order to be successful, they all have to execute perfectly and this puts a huge strain on the staff.

What part do you enjoy most about your job? I get to contribute to the latest developments in medical technology. The results of our work can positively impact the lives of a great many people, and this is good.

TIPS is a world class facility, but without the people inside, it is only a building with some fancy equipment. We have a very dedicated and skilled staff that is capable of great things. Working with people like that, doing things that really matter makes it easy to get up in the morning and go to work.


Editor’s note: TIPS was formally established by the Board of Regents as an institute within Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas on May 25, 2007 to serve the preclinical needs of academic researchers and industry

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