• Ronald Emeson, Ph.D.

    Interim Director, Vanderbilt Brain Institute
    Professor, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
    Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
    Director, Office of Animal Welfare Assurance

    Dr. Emeson is responsible for oversight of VBI resources including VBI-managed space, common equipment and the Neurochemistry and Rodent Neurobehavioral Cores, as well as management of the Neuroscience Seminar Series.

    8140 Medical Research Building III
    465 21st Avenue South
    Nashville 37232
    (615) 936-1688


  • Bruce Carter, Ph.D.

    Associate Director for Education and Training, Vanderbilt Brain Institute
    Director of Graduate Studies in Neuroscience
    Professor of Biochemistry

    Dr. Carter advises students regarding courses and scientific development, as well as tracking student progress. He also is available for advice on issues related to advancement to the degree, including helping students work more effectively with their advisors.

    625 Light Hall

    Nashville 37232
    (615) 936-3041 (lab)

  • Aurelio A. Galli, Ph.D.

    Associate Director for Research Strategy
    Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

    Dr. Galli  focuses on enhancing the collaborative vision of the VBI’s research portfolio, with an emphasis on fostering interactions between the neuroscience community and the broader Vanderbilt academic community. In addition, Dr. Galli plays an instrumental role in building the VBI portfolio of programmatic (P), training (T), and individual fellowship (F) awards.

    7124 Medical Research Building III
    (615) 936-3891

  • Douglas G. McMahon, Ph.D.

    Co-Director, Neuroscience Training Program
    Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences
    Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences
    Professor of Pharmacology

    8270A Medical Research Building III
    (615) 936-3933

  • Danny G. Winder, Ph.D.

    Co-Director, Neuroscience Training Program
    Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program

    750A Robinson Research Building
    (615) 322-1144


  • Rosalind Johnson, B.B.A.

    Interdisciplinary Program Coordinator

    Roz is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the neuroscience graduate program. She represents the first point of contact for students with questions regarding course and curriculum issues, and also plays a major role in the planning and execution of all program-related activities.

    D-2220 Medical Center North

    Nashville 37232
    (615) 936-2610

  • Kathy Gleaves

    Administrative Officer, Vanderbilt Brain Institute

    Kathy oversees all financial and operational aspects of the VBI. These include budget, human resources and space and facility-related issues. Kathy also oversees all financial matters for students in the neuroscience graduate program, including payroll, insurance, grant related activities including submission and post award management, and travel-related expenses.

    U-1205B MRBIII
    (615) 343-9650

  • Denise Malone, B.S.

    Program Manager, Vanderbilt Conte Center

    Denise is the Program Manager for the Vanderbilt/NIHM Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research. In addition to administrative support for the Conte Center, she helps with community outreach, oversees the Brain Matters exhibit at Vanderbilt Health, One Hundred Oaks, and assists the VBI team as needed.

    U-1205C Medical Research Building III
    465 21st Avenue South
    Nashville 37232
    (615) 936-1898

  • Beth Sims, B.B.A., C.P.S.

    Assistant to the Directors, Vanderbilt Brain Institute

    Beth oversees the calendars and travel for Dr. Emeson along with coordinating all Neuroscience seminars and student travel.

    U-1205 Medical Research Building III
    465 21st Avenue South
    Nashville 37232
    (615) 936-3705