• Roger Chalkley, D. Phil

    Senior Associate Dean Biomedical Sciences
    Biomedical Research Education and Training Professor
    Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Professor of Medical Education and Administration

    Dr. Chalkley is responsible for the overview of the activities of the office of Biomedical Research Education and Training. These responsibilities include oversight of the IGP, the MD/PhD program, postdoctoral affairs, graduate student affairs as well as minority activities and supporting training grant applications.

    Dr. Chalkley was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford in Chemistry and conducted post-doctoral research in gene regulation and chromatin structure in the laboratory of James Bonner at CalTech. After almost 20 years in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa School of Medicine, he moved to Vanderbilt in 1986. He has published almost 200 papers in chromatin research. Dr. Chalkley has had an active interest in graduate education for many years and was involved in the establishment of the IGP where he served as Director for eight years.

  • Kathy Gould, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences
    Louise B. McGavock Professor
    Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
    Director of Graduate Student Support

    Dr. Gould oversees the activities of the BRET Office of Career Development, working with the directors of graduate studies for each Ph.D. program affiliated with the School of Medicine to support graduate student training. She also leads the VUMC Research Staff Award Committee and the Institutional Biomedical/Biological Sciences Internal Review Committee for limited submission opportunities. Dr. Gould received her A.B. degree from University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, and was a Fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund with Sir Paul Nurse at Oxford University. She became an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute shortly after establishing her own laboratory at Vanderbilt University, where her laboratory focuses on obtaining a mechanistic understanding of how cell division is achieved and regulated.

  • Kim Petrie, Ph.D.

    Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development
    Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration

    Kim Petrie, Ph.D., launched the BRET Office of Career Development for biomedical sciences graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in 2005 and is currently the Director. Dr. Petrie is also an Assistant Professor of Medical Administration with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Petrie develops career and professional development programs and workshops, provides individual advising appointments, and develops relationships with alumni and employers. Dr. Petrie holds a BA in Biology from Lawrence University and her PhD in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University. 


  • Ashley E. Brady, Ph.D.

    ASPIRE Program Manager
    Director of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships
    Office of Career Development

    Ashley E. Brady, Ph.D., is Director of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships and the ASPIRE Program Manager for the Office of Career Development. Dr. Brady is also an Assistant Professor of Medical Administration with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She manages the design, development, and delivery of curricula and programs to provide professional skills training for biomedical sciences PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. She is also responsible for developing and managing relationships with internal and external partners, and providing career advising services for trainees. Prior to her role in the BRET office, Dr. Brady served as Associate Director of Foundation Relations at Vanderbilt University. In this role, she cultivated relationships with private foundations and served as a match-maker to help faculty and trainees identify and apply for non-federal funding opportunities. Dr. Brady obtained her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University in 2003. She pursued post-doctoral studies at both the Centre Nationale de Researche Scientifique (CNRS) in Montpellier, France and the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.

  • Kate Stuart

    Assistant Director
    Office of Career Development

    Kate Stuart is the Program Manager for the Office of Career Development. She writes the bi-weekly career newsletter, facilitates PhD Career Connections events as well as the annual Career Symposium, and manages the BRET website. After completing her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University, she spent time doing corporate communications for a hospital in Athens, GA, and then in 2007, began work for the Vanderbilt Alumni Association. Her role there was to connect undergraduate students to alumni for career advice in the form of small dinners, advice panels, and a resource guide. Kate also provided resources for alumni in career transition, including a webinar series, a job posting site, and career seminars in different cities.

  • Angela Zito

    Program Manager, Office of Career Development

    Angela Zito is the Program Manager for the Office of Career Development. In her role, Angela will focus on professional development opportunities, include the module program. After completing her BA in Psychology at CSU Sacramento, she went on to receive her MEd in Higher Education Administration at Vanderbilt University. She began working for the Commons Center during her graduate program, and continued on with Vanderbilt Student Centers working on training and development programs for the undergraduate student employees.

Advisory Committee

  • Robert Carnahan, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Cancer Biology
    Vanderbilt University
    Nashville, TN

  • Dale M Edgar, Ph.D.

    Independent Consultant and Entrepreneur
    Lilly Distinguished Research Fellow
    Global Head, Science and Technology Partnerships
    Lilly Research Laboratories
    Eli Lilly and Company
    Indianapolis, IN

  • Efrain E Garcia, Ph.D.

    Chief, International Partnerships Branch
    Division of International Health Security
    Department of Health and Human Services
    Washington, D.C.

  • Kenneth Holroyd, M.D., M.B.A.

    Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Medical Director
    Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization
    Nashville, TN

  • Daniel Hutcheson, Ph.D., M.B.A.

    R&D Liaison Officer
    Indivior, Inc.
    Richmond, VA

  • Brian Laden, Ph.D.

    TriStar Technology Ventures
    Nashville, TN

  • Lorena Infante Lara

    Graduate Student
    Department of Biochemistry
    Vanderbilt University
    Nashville, TN

  • Kevin Lee, Ph.D.

    Executive Director
    The Lawrence Ellison Foundation
    New York, NY

  • Ines Macias-Perez, Ph.D.

    Senior Scientist of Product Development
    Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
    Nashville, TN

  • Alan Marnett, Ph.D.

    Benchfly, Inc.
    Nashville, TN

  • Richard M. O'Brien, Ph.D.

    Director of Graduate Studies
    Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Director, Molecular Endocrinology Training Program
    Vanderbilt University
    Nashville, TN

  • Steven L. Roberds, Ph.D.

    Chief Scientific Officer
    Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
    Silver Spring, MD

  • Keenan C. Taylor, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Department of Biochemistry
    Vanderbilt University
    Nashville, TN

  • Laurie VanderVeen, Ph.D.

    Senior Scientist
    Nektar Therapeutics
    San Francisco, CA

  • Nancy Wall, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Biology
    Lawrence University
    Appleton, WI

  • Chris V.E. Wright, D. Phil.

    Director, Vanderbilt University Program in Developmental Biology
    Louise B. McGavock Chair
    Professor and Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs
    Department of Cell & Developmental Biology
    Vanderbilt University
    Nashville, TN