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Dr. Linha Phan Joins Biology Faculty at Mississippi College

June 26, 2013

As a little girl growing up in Biloxi, Linha Phan enjoyed spending time out at sea with her father who worked for many years as a Gulf Coast fisherman. Her father retired and got out of the business following the tragic BP oil spill in coastal waters.

This summer, Dr. Phan set sail for new horizons as a professor at her alma mater, Mississippi College.

A graduate of MC’s masters of biology in the university’s medical sciences program, Dr. Phan also received a degree from the University of Mississippi’s Medical School in Jackson in May 2013.

Teaching pharmacology and gross anatomy at the university’s Department of Biology, Dr. Phan brings a great deal to the table in her new post on the Clinton campus.

“She was an outstanding student when she was here as a student,” said Beth Dunigan, who chairs the department. “She recently graduated from UMMC’s Medical School, so she brings a wealth of knowledge on the clinical level that only a student of medicine would encounter.”

Dr. Phan’s “knowledge and expertise in human dissection is also welcome and she will be a wonderful addition to our group of gross anatomy instructors,” Dunigan said.

The youngest of five children born to parents from Vietnam and China, Dr. Phan is proficient in English, Vietnamese and Mandarin Chinese. Besides her strong language skills, she’s very active when it comes to community service. The MC instructor has helped build Habitat homes and served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross and Jackson Free Clinic. She’s assisted with Christmas and Thanksgiving food drives in Mississippi’s capital city.

Linha was among the first 30 students enrolled in MC’s masters in medical sciences program and graduated in 2009. Today, the program attracts more than 200 graduate students from around the USA and Canada who are preparing for medical and dental schools. Tackling their studies at MC’s new 22,000-square foot medical sciences building, they come from California to New York and points in-between.

Dr. Phan received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Rice University in Houston, Texas in May 2007. The Mississippi native moved from Ridgeland to Clinton in late June, and loves the close-knit community in Hinds County. “Clinton is a great place to live.”

Photo: Dr. Linha Phan joins MC biology faculty.

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