Bachelor of Science, Mississippi University for Women, 1968. Master of Science, University Tennessee, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy, University Tennessee, 1973.
Postdoctoral fellow Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, 1973-1976. Research associate University Oklahoma Health Science Center, 1980-1981, assistant professor, 1981-1986, associate professor microbiology, 1986-1993, professor, 1993—2000, director Flow Cytometry Core Center, 1990-1992, George Lynn Cross professor, since 2000. Member bacteriology-mycology study section National Institutes of Health, Washington, 1989-1993, member myocarditis working group, 1985, study sct. boundaries team member, 2003, auditor member, study section, since 2005, athesvascular inflamation and cardiovascular system, study section.
Member grant-in-aid review committee American Heart Association, 1993-2000, co-chairman, 1996, chair, 1996-2000. Board directors Presbyterian Health Federation, Oklahoma City, 1995-2009. Consultant committee on vaccines National Academy of Sciences, 1996.
Member national research committee American Heart Association, 1996-2001, member research program and evaluation committee, 1997-2002. Member merit review infectious disease subcommittee VA, 2000-2004.
Board directors Canterbury Choral Society, Oklahoma City, 1988. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society Microbiology, American Association Immunologists, Lancefield Society for Streptococci and Strep Diseases (president, vice president 1991-1993).
Married Curtis Phillip Cunningham, December 19, 1969 (divorced 1986). Children: Catherine, Nicole, Luke. Married Michael Paul Lerner, October 2, 1999.