Meet the RIDE Center Team

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Lamis Z. Jarvinen, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Research, Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurial Center Email: ljarvinen@westfield.ma.edu, Phone: 413-572-8681.

Dr. Jarvinen joined Westfield State in March 2018. She has been involved in research since her undergraduate days as a Biology Major at the University of Michigan-Flint. She received her M.S. in Veterinary Pathobiology from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, focusing on vaccine development and delivery systems. Her deep interest in how immunological cells mediate whole organ transplantation tolerance led her to Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine where she obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Immunology.  As a post-doctoral fellow of the University of Michigan Medical Center, she worked on developing immunological strategies for prolonging whole organ transplantation tolerance through the use of viral gene therapy and adult mesenchymal stem cells.

She is dedicated to the liberal arts study and to working with undergraduates across disciplines. She has developed innovative approaches to science teaching, using 17th Century works of fine art to help students understand and apply the process of science and further collaborated on innovative ways to elevate student potential through the use of technology. She has been a pedagogical researcher on National Science Foundation grants and has worked as a consultant in the private sector, providing program evaluations and curricular approaches to science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) for K-12 and colleges.

She is excited to be part of the Westfield State community and to be working with students, faculty, and staff across disciplines. She is available to support students and their mentors in many aspects of research and creative activity in and out of the classroom. Contact her with any questions or for assistance.

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Lamis Z. Jarvinen, Ph. D.
Executive Director, Research, Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurial Center
Email: ljarvinen@westfield.ma.edu
Phone: 413-572-8681

Grace S. Templeton

Staff Assistant, Research, Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurial Center

Email: gtempleton@westfield.ma.edu, Phone: 413-572-8703.

Grace is a proud Westfield State University alumni with a degree in English. Throughout her undergraduate career, she was heavily involved with undergraduate research and creative activity, where she was given the opportunity to work with Dr. Jarvinen on  many occasions through funded research opportunities and other campus events.

Upon graduation, she began working with the RIDE Center team throughout the formative grant writing stages of opening, and is now thrilled to be able to work with WSU students and faculty on a daily basis to turn their creative visions into reality. She has a passion for both learning and teaching, and can't wait to see all the impressive ideas that our community can bring to life. 

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Grace S. Templeton
Staff Assistant, Research, Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurial Center
Email: gtempleton@westfield.ma.edu
Phone: 413-572-8703

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Lamis Jarvinen, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Research, Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurial Center
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