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BRET Leadership & Support

Walter J. Chazin, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean, Biomedical Research Education and Training
Chancellor's Chair in Medicine
Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry
Co-Director, Molecular Biophysics Training Program
Founding Director, Center for Structural Biology

(615) 936-2210

Dr. Chazin received a B.Sc. in Chemistry from McGill University in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Concordia University in Montreal in 1983.  He was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Kurt Wüthrich at the E.T.H. in Switzerland (2002 Nobel laureate in Chemistry).  After 13 years on faculty in the Department of Molecular Biology at the Scripps Research Institute, he moved to Vanderbilt in 1999 to design, build and direct the Center for Structural Biology.  He holds the Chancellor’s Chair in Medicine as Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Chemistry, and serves as co-director of the Molecular Biophysics Training Program.

Dr. Chazin has mentored >100 graduate students and postdocs and >30 undergraduate students in his 36 years as an independent investigator. He has published >260 peer-reviewed papers and >60 book chapters and reviews, and serves on a number of advisory committees and editorial boards. His honors include American Cancer Society Junior Faculty and Faculty Research Awards, serving as a National Academy of Science International Travel Fellow and NAS Teaching Fellow, Regents Visiting Professor at the University of Naples in Italy, Vanderbilt’s Chancellor’s Award for Research, Stanley Cohen Award, and the Armstrong Mentoring Award, and appointments as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Fellow of the Biophysical Society.

Operational Support

Lindsay Meyers, MDiv

Asst. Dean for Operations and Administration

Kate Stuart

Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives