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Lawrence J. Marnett

Marnett_2017_web.jpgLawrence J. Marnett, Dean of Basic Sciences, came to Vanderbilt in 1989. He is the Director of the A. B. Hancock, Jr. Memorial Laboratory for Cancer Research, Mary Geddes Stahlman Professor of Cancer Research, Professor of Biochemistry, and Professor of Chemistry. Marnett received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Duke University in 1973 and did postdoctoral work at the Karolinska Institute and Wayne State University. He began his academic career at Wayne State University where he rose through the ranks to Professor of Chemistry. Marnett’s research program focuses on the role of the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 in cancer and inflammation as well as on the contribution of normal metabolism to the generation of DNA damage and mutation.  His group has used structure-based based approaches in conjunction with medicinal chemistry to design selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors as potential anti-inflammatory, cancer preventive, and anti-angiogenic agents.

Included in the awards Marnett has received are The Wayne State University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award, the Sigma Xi Research Award, the Michigan Association of Governing Boards Distinguished Faculty Award, the Wayne State University Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award, an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute, the Harvey Branscomb Distinguished Professorship, the Stanley Cohen Prize at Vanderbilt University, and the first Founders Award of the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Toxicology.  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He is the author of over 450 research publications and 10 patents. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the American Chemical Society journal, Chemical Research in Toxicology. Marnett served as Associate Director of Basic Research of the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center from 1993-2002, became Director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology in 2002, and was named Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2014.

Roger Chalkley

Chalkley_web3.jpgRoger Chalkley is the Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) and the professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, School of Medicine at Vanderbilt. He is responsible for the overview of activities of the office of Biomedical Research Education and Training. These responsibilities include oversight of the PostDoctoral Affairs, the IGP, the MD/PhD Program, Ph.D. granting programs 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.

Kathleen Gould

Gould_Kathleen_web2.jpgKathleen Gould is the Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research, Education, and Career Development, the Louise B. McGavock Chair, and Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.  Dr. Gould received her A.B. degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego.  From 1988-90, she was a Fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research at the University of Oxford with Sir Paul Nurse who was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2001. After joining the Vanderbilt faculty, Dr. Gould received the Boehringer-Ingelheim New Investigator Award, the Searle Scholar Award, and was an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 1994-2013. Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011, Dr. Gould is also a member of several national professional societies and journal editorial boards, and serves regularly as reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and the Ford Foundation.  At Vanderbilt, Dr. Gould has served in multiple leadership roles including Interim and Vice Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Director of the Vanderbilt International Scholar Program, and Chair of the institutional biomedical/biological sciences internal review committee for limited submission opportunity applications. Dr. Gould is currently Director of Graduate Student Support and Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences in the School of Medicine and leads Ph.D. trainee career development grants from the National Institutes of Health and Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Dr. Gould’s laboratory studies the mechanism and regulation of cell division, blending genetic, biochemical, genomic, structural, proteomic, and live cell imaging approaches to identify and characterize the constituents of the cytokinetic machinery and to discover how post-translational modifications of this machinery ensure the exquisite spatial and temporal control of cell division.

Alyssa Hasty

Hasty_Alyssa.jpgAlyssa Hasty, Associate Dean for Faculty, has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics since 2003 and since 2014, she  has been an investigator of the Tennessee Valley Veteran’s Administration Research Institute. She is an active member of the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center and the Digestive Diseases Research Center. Alyssa’s research interests are in diabetes and obesity, most recently focusing on the role of macrophages in promoting inflammation and insulin resistance in obesity. Alyssa has been very active in mentoring students as Director of Graduate Studies in MPB and faculty as Director of Career Development of the DDRC and Chair of the Women on Track Steering Committee. She is also Faculty Head of House of Murray House. Alyssa is currently participating in the Hedwingam van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program at Drexel University.

Charles Sanders

Sanders_Chuck.jpgCharles (Chuck) Sanders, Associate Dean for Research, has been on the faculty of the Biochemistry Department since 2002 and is an active member of the Center for Structural Biology. Chuck’s research interests focus on the role of membrane proteins, especially with flexible or unfolded structures, in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular and neurologic disorders. Chuck has won many awards for his research including the Hans Neurath Award of the Protein Society and the Stanley Cohen Award of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He has been a very active participant on research committees at Vanderbilt (e.g., Co-chair of TIPs Review Panel) and has served on multiple NIH study sections. He was Associate Editor of the journal, Biochemistry, from 2004-2015 and was interim Editor-in-Chief from 2015 to 2016.

Linda Sealy

Sealy_Linda.jpgLinda Sealy, Senior Advisor to the Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, has been on the faculty of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics since 1986 and since 2006, has had a joint appointment in Cancer Biology. Her research focuses on the relationship between cell signaling and transcription in the control of cancer cell growth.  Since 2007, Linda has served as Co-Director, then Director, of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD), an NIH-sponsored grant for the graduate training of underrepresented minorities. Under her leadership, the IMSD program has propelled Vanderbilt to the top echelon of institutions training minority Ph.D.’s. In fact, Vanderbilt was recently identified as the top producer of African-American Ph.D.’s in the US in biological and biomedical sciences. Her advocacy for holistic admission in graduate recruiting has been recognized nationally as a critical advance in expanding the pipeline of graduate students to include underrepresented minorities. Linda has won numerous awards for her contributions to diversity in graduate education, including the Levi Watkins Jr. Faculty Award for Promoting Diversity and the inaugural Bishop Joseph A. Johnson Jr. Distinguished Leadership Professor Award.

Amy Major

Amy Major, Faculty Director for Vanderbilt Undergraduate Immersion for the School of Medicine joined Vanderbilt’s faculty in 2002. The broad research focus of Dr. Major’s laboratory is to understand immunological mechanisms of cardiovascular disease, specifically atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the number one cause of mortality in developed countries and it is known that both lipids and immunity play significant roles. Work performed in her laboratory has significantly impacted our understanding of how the immune system modulates atherosclerosis as well as how dyslipidema and the atherosclerotic environment influence normal immune function.


The committee’s purpose is to offer input into new and ongoing research and educational operations and initiatives for faculty across the School of Medicine. Committee members:

• Mark Denison, M.D., Craig Weaver Professor of Pediatrics

• James Goldenring, M.D., Ph.D., Paul W. Sanger Professor of Experimental Surgery and Professor of Surgery and Cell and Developmental Biology

• Anne Kenworthy, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

• Edward Levine, Ph.D., William A. Black Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

• Craig Lindsley, Ph.D., William K. Warren Jr. Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pharmacology

• Lawrence Marnett, Ph.D., (ex officio)

• Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., (ex officio)

• Charles Sanders II, Ph.D., Aileen M. Lange and Annie Mary Lyle Professor of Cardiovascular Research and Professor of Biochemistry

• Edward Sherwood, M.D., Ph.D., Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Anesthesiology

• Eric Skaar, Ph.D., Ernest W. Goodpasture Professor of Pathology and Professor of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

• Seth Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences

• Alissa Weaver, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Cancer Biology

• Christopher Wright, D. Phil., Louise B. McGavock Professor and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

• Roy Zent, MBBCh, Ph.D., Thomas F. Frist Sr. Professor of Medicine

Biochemistry:  John D. York
Natalie Overall Warren Chair of Biochemistry
Professor of Biochemistry

Cell & Developmental Biology: Ian Macara
Chair of the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology
Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
​Louise B McGavock Chair
Co-Leader, Signal Transduction and Chemical Biology/VICC

Molecular Physiology & Biophysics: Nancy Carrasco
Professor and Interim Chair, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Member, Vanderbilt Brain Institute
​Investigator, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Pharmacology: Ege Kavalali 
Professor and Chairman, Department of Pharmacology
Allan D. Bass Chair in Pharmacology

Brain Institute: Lisa Monteggia
Barlow Family Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute
Professor of Pharmacology

Center for Addiction Research: Danny Winder
Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Director of the Vanderbilt Murine Behavioral Core

Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery: Jeffrey Conn
Lee E. Limbird Professor of Pharmacology
Director, Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery

Center for Stem Cell Biology: Mark Magnuson
Louise B. McGavock Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Medicine, and Cell and Developmental Biology
Director, Stem Cell Biology

Center for Structural Biology: Walter Chazin
Chancellor's Chair in Medicine
Director, Center for Structural Biology
Director, Molecular Biophysics Training Program
Director at Large, NMR Facilities

Program for Extracellular Vesicle Research: Alissa Weaver 
Director, Vanderbilt Program for Extracellular Vesicle Research
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair, School of Medicine
Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Institute of Chemical Biology: Gary Sulikowski
​Professor of Chemistry
Stevenson Chair of Chemistry
Professor of Pharmacology

Mass Spectrometry Research Center: Richard Caprioli
Stanley Cohen Professor of Biochemistry
Director of the Mass Spectrometry Research Center
Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Pharmacology

Program in the Molecular Basis of Genetic Diseases: Hassane Mchaourab
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Louise B. McGavock Chair, School of Medicine
Professor of Chemistry

Quantitative Systems Biology Center: Vito Quaranta
Director of the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at Vanderbilt
Co-Director of the Center for Matrix Biology


Stephen Doster

Ted Gilbert
Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration

Mary Heath
Assistant Dean, School of Medicine Basic Sciences
Chief Business Officer, Admin Pod 2

Connie Huebschmann
Assistant Dean, School of Medicine Basic Sciences
Chief Business Officer, Admin Pod 3

Claudia Paz
Director, Financial Operations and Planning

Anthony Tharp
Assistant Dean, Facilities, Infrastructure and Risk Management (FIRM)
Office of the Dean, School of Medicine Basic Sciences