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BRET Office Team

BRET Office Team

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Marlin Avila-Andino, MBA

Training Grant Development & Support Specialist

Marlin manages the following T32 grants:

  • Training Program in Environmental Toxicology  (PI: Fred Guengerich)
  • Molecular Biophysics Training Grant at Vanderbilt  (PI: Walter Chazin)
  • Microenvironmental Influences in Cancer (PI: Jin Chen)
  • Teaching Exemplary Predoctoral Researcher in Language and Literacy (TRILL), (PI: C. Melanie Schuele)
  • Cardiovascular Mechanisms:  Training in Investigation (PI: Thomas Wang)
  • Vanderbilt Hypertension and Blood Pressure Regulation Program (PI: David Harrison)


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Carolyn Berry

Manager, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) and Quantitative and Chemical Biology (QCB)


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Faith Bishop

Program Manager for Vanderbilt Program in Molecular Medicine, Masters of Laboratory Investigation, School of Medicine Postdoctoral Affairs


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Elizabeth Bowman, PhD

Assistant Director, Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences
Co-Director, Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy


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Ashley Brady, PhD

Director of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships in the Office of Career Development
Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration


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Roger Chalkley, DPhil

Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research Education and Training
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics


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Lorie Franklin

Department Education Specialist | Manager, Graduate Programs | Cancer Biology, Cell & Developmental Biology


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Karen Gieg

Program Manager | Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Department of Pharmacology


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Ted Gilbert

Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration


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Kathy Gould, PhD

Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences| Director of the Office of Graduate Student Support


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Kandi Granberry

Program Manager | Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Department of Pharmacology


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Paula Hemphill

Training Grant Development & Support Specialist

Paula manages the following T32 grants:

  • Vanderbilt Biomedical Informatics Training Program (PI: Cynthia Gadd)
  • Training in Fundamental Neuroscience (PI: Danny Winder)
  • Training in Pharmacological Sciences (PI: Joey V. Barnett)
  • BIDS: Vanderbilt Training Program in Big Biomedical Data Science (PI: Bradley Malin)
  • Interdisciplinary Training in Rheumatic Diseases (PI: James Thomas)
  • Immunological Mechanisms of Disease Training Program (PI: Jeffrey Rathmell and Amy Major)


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Rischelle Jenkins

Graduate Program Manager of Biomedical Informatics


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Stacy Johnson

Administrative Officer | HR/Payroll and Finance


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Roz Johnson

Graduate Program Manager | Human Genetics & Neuroscience Graduate Programs


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Christina Keeton, PhD

Assistant Director | Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity
Co-Director | Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy


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Melissa Krasnove

Program Manager, Epidemiology PhD Program


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Lindsay C. Meyers

Project Manager, Special Projects and Trainee Database


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Chazlie Miller

Program Manager, Biostatistics PhD Program


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Patty Mueller

Graduate Education Program Manager
Department of Biochemistry
Chemical and Physical Biology Program


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Leslie Osing

Training Grant Development & Support Specialist

Leslie manages the following T32 grants:

  • Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant ( PI: Gary Sulikowski)
  • Chemical Biology of Infectious Diseases Training Program (CBID)  (PI: Eric Skaar)
  • Training Program on Genetic Variation and Human Phenotypes (PI: David Samuels)
  • Training Program in Quantitative Ocular Genomics (PI: Milam Brantley)
  • Multidisciplinary Training in Molecular Endocrinology (PI: Richard O’Brien)


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Kimberly Petrie, PhD

Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development
Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration


Liz Roelofsz

Program Manager, Molecular Pathology & Immunology, Microbe-Host Interactions


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Chad B. Smith

Training Grant Development & Support Specialist

Chad manages the following T32 grants:

  • Biochemical and Chemical Training for Cancer Research (PI: Scott Hiebert)
  • Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in Biomedical Imaging Science  (PI: John Gore)
  • Postdoctoral Program in Functional Neurogenomics (PI: Roger Colbran)
  • Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Sciences Training Program  (PI: James Patton)
  • Training Program in Developmental Biology (PI: Chris Wright)
  • Integrated Biological Systems Training in Oncology (PI: William Tansey)
  • Interdisciplinary Training Program in Alzheimer’s Disease (PI: Angela Jefferson)


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Kate Stuart

Assistant Director, Office of Career Development


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Janani Varadarajan, PhD

Project Manager, Office of Outcomes Research


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Angela Zito, M.Ed.

Program Manager, Office of Career Development