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Basic Sciences Faculty and Facility Profiles

In these videos our faculty members discuss their research, the importance basic science, funding, and offer advice for graduate students and postdocs. Visit the Basic Sciences YouTube Playlist to see overviews and full interviews of our faculty profiles!

Addiction Research

Erin Calipari
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Principle Investigator, Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research

Danny Winder
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research

Cell Signaling

Jonathan Irish
Assistant Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Cellular Stress

Manny Ascano
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Assistant Professor, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

High-Throughput Screening & Antibody Core

Paige Vinson
Director, High-Throughput Screening Core
Director, Vanderbilt Antibody and Protein Resource Core

Neurological & Psychiatric Disorders (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s)

Jeffrey Conn
Professor of Pharmacology
Lee E. Limbird Chair in Pharmacology

Microscopy & Quantitative Image Analysis

Bryan Millis
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Microtubule Regulation

Marija Zanic
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Molecular Recognition

Tina Iverson
Professor of Pharmacology
Professor of Biochemistry


Alyssa Hasty
Associate Dean for Faculty Development for Basic Sciences
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Protein Structure & Elucidation

Jens Meiler
Professor of Chemistry
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics

Stem Cell Pathways

Vivian Gama
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology