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Dr. Tim Brooks
Class of 2007

B.S. Chemistry
Highest Departmental Honors in Chemistry


During the summer after his freshman year as a Brock Scholar, Tim Brooks began research with Dr. Gretchen Potts in the UTC chemistry department, investigating a new method of reliably and efficiently distinguishing human cremains from other visually similar materials. His research led to a joint publication with Dr. Potts and Professors Tom Bodkin (Anthropology) and Stephanie Smullen (Computer Science) in the Journal of Forensic Science in 2006. Tim graduated summa cum laude in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, earning highest departmental honors in chemistry for his thesis entitled Answers in Ashes: Elemental Analysis of Cremains by ICP-OES.
After graduation, Tim attended the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, where he participated in the Rural Primary Care Program focusing on providing health care in under-served communities in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. After receiving his M.D. in 2001, he interned at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. In 2012, he was assigned to Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, where he serves as the Squadron Medical Officer for the U.S. Navy's Destroyer Squadron Fifteen. His duties include oversight of the medical operations of seven destroyers and the care and medical readiness of over 2,100 active-duty sailors.
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