Chuck Sanders

  • Vanderbilt University

    Taking a Bite Out of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

    “You’re nervous because you don't know what to expect and excited to see whatever it is you get to see,” Schlafly said of the visit. "I had seen a lab before, but I must say, it’s a pretty humbling experience to go from thinking there is no one at all who knows about your really weird, rare disease to walking into a lab and learning that everyone there is in some way working to cure my issue.” Read More

    Mar. 18, 2024

  • The Rising Bar for High-impact Papers

    The Rising Bar for High-impact Papers

    By Chuck Sanders, Vice Dean of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences Everyone, including me, has strong opinions about the most prestigious scientific journals such as Cell, Science, and Nature, but we all agree we’d like our papers to be published in these “pinnacle” venues! At least in an… Read More

    Feb. 14, 2024

  • The Lord of the Rings Leaves it All on the Court

    The Lord of the Rings Leaves it All on the Court

    Chuck Sanders, Vice Dean, Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences British author J.R.R. Tolkien had a lot to say about the creative process and I’d like to explore how his thoughts relate to the pursuit of cutting-edge scientific research. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion provides both the mythological underpinning… Read More

    Dec. 14, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    Interview with a Vampire: Sesame Street’s Count von Count

    Vice Dean Chuck Sanders conducted his annual Halloween Interview, this time with Sesame Street’s Count von Count, a much loved and highly respected expert on teaching numerical skills to children.  Here is a transcript of their conversation. CS:   Mr. von Count, let me say what an incredible honor it… Read More

    Oct. 1, 2023

  • Black and white headshot of John Jumper.

    John Jumper, developer of AlphaFold, to present an Apex Lecture on August 30

    John Jumper, Ph.D. To highlight major inflection points in research, the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences launched the Apex Lecture Series earlier this year, which allows the Basic Sciences community to engage with researchers from around the world who are influencing the trajectory of their fields. John… Read More

    Aug. 8, 2023

  • Vanderbilt, VUMC investigators garner $1.2M Keck Foundation grant for groundbreaking genetic research

    Vanderbilt, VUMC investigators garner $1.2M Keck Foundation grant for groundbreaking genetic research

    Chuck Sanders, vice dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences, Aileen M. Lange and Annie Mary Lyle Professor and professor of biochemistry, and Roy Zent, Thomas F. Frist Sr. Professor, professor of medicine and vice chair of research for… Read More

    Jul. 7, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    Vanderbilt, VUMC investigators garner $1.2M Keck Foundation grant for groundbreaking genetic research

    Chuck Sanders, vice dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences, Aileen M. Lange and Annie Mary Lyle Professor and professor of biochemistry, and Roy Zent, Thomas F. Frist Sr. Professor, professor of medicine and vice chair of research for… Read More

    Jun. 26, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    Choosing a Project for Your New, Independent Lab

    Chuck Sanders Thirty years into my faculty career, I now sometimes play the game of “professionally speaking, what would I have done differently over the course of the years if I had a chance to do it all over again?” I don’t indulge in this exercise to second-guess myself… Read More

    Jun. 16, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    Source Material for Fluorine in Protein Chemistry

    Source material and recommended further reading related to “Fluorine in Protein Chemistry: Going Where Mother Nature Deigned to Go” by Chuck Sanders. CF2H, a Hydrogen Bond Donor J Am Chem Soc. 2017 139:9325-9332. doi: 10.1021/jacs.7b04457. Epub 2017 Jun 27. Chanan D Sessler,… Read More

    May. 12, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    Taking One for The Team to Defeat Rider #4 of The Apocalypse: Tackling Microbial Multi-Drug Resistance

    Adobe Stock (by Michael) by Chuck Sanders The discovery and development of antibiotics is credited with extending the average lifespan of humans by years. The golden age of antibiotic discovery spanned the late 1930s to the early 1960s, a period during which a majority of the roughly 25… Read More

    Apr. 18, 2023