• 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

  • Suzana Herculano-Houzel, Ph.D.

    Associate Director for Communications
    Associate Professor, Psychology
    Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
  • 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

  • David H. Zald, Ph.D.

    Associate Director for Undergraduate Education
    Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology

    Dr. Zald is responsible for coordinating activities in the VBI with the undergraduate neuroscience program in the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • Angela Collins

    Financial Anaylist

    6133A Medical Research Building III
    (615) 322-7909

  • 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

  • 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. She coordinates outreach efforts and serves as the communication specialist for the Brain Institute.

    6133 Medical Research Building III
    465 21st Avenue South
    Nashville 37232
    (615) 936-3705
    931-334-3359 (cell)

  • Kimberly Turner

    Administrative Officer, Vanderbilt Brain Institute

    Kim oversees all financial and operational aspects of the VBI. These include budget, human resources and space and facility-related issues. Kim 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.

    702 Light Hall
    (615) 322-4313