BRET Leadership


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Susan Wente

Susan R. Wente, Ph.D., is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. As Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Wente oversees the basic sciences by promoting research discoveries, providing infrastructure for cutting-edge, basic science research and designing strategic planning for Vanderbilt’s basic science research efforts. As Senior Associate Dean, she has leadership and oversight responsibility for the Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. and the post doctorate training efforts for the entire Medical Center, with more than 700 graduate students and well over 500 post doctorate fellows. She coordinates these areas with the department chairs, program directors, and Drs. Roger Chalkley and Kathy Gould. Dr. Wente also maintains a lab of 12 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, focusing on understanding nucleocytoplasmic transport.


Dr. Wente was educated at the University of Iowa and the University of California, Berkeley, in biochemistry. She completed post-doctoral fellowships with Dr. Ora Rosen at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and Dr. Günter Blobel at The Rockefeller University. Dr. Wente was recruited to Vanderbilt University Medical Center from Washington University, St. Louis, in 2002 as Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, where she served in the Chair role through 2010. Additionally, she served as Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program from 2003 – 2008 and as Co-Director of the Scientist-Educator Postdoctoral Program from 2003 – 2009.


Dr. Wente was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010 and received the Women in Cell Biology Senior Award from the American Society for Cell Biology in 2011.


The Wente Lab


Roger Chalkley

Roger Chalkley, D.Phil., Senior Associate Dean, is responsible for the overview of the activities of the office of Biomedical Research Education and Training. These responsibilities include oversight of the IGP, the MD/PhD program, postdoctoral affairs, graduate student affairs as well as minority activities and supporting training grant applications.


Dr. Chalkley was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford in Chemistry and conducted post-doctoral research in gene regulation and chromatin structure in the laboratory of James Bonner at CalTech. After almost 20 years in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa School of Medicine, he moved to Vanderbilt in 1986. He has published almost 200 papers in chromatin research. Dr. Chalkley has had an active interest in graduate education for many years and was involved in the establishment of the IGP where he served as Director for eight years.

Dr. Roger Chalkley


Dr. Kathy Gould

Kathy Gould

Kathy Gould, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences, the Director of the Vanderbilt International Scholar Program, the Director of Graduate Student Support at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, a Louise B. McGavock Chair, and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology. Dr. Gould oversees the activities of the BRET Office of Career Development, working with the directors of graduate studies for each Ph.D. program affiliated with the School of Medicine to support graduate student training. She also leads the VUMC Research Staff Award Committee and the Institutional Biomedical/Biological Sciences Internal Review Committee for limited submission opportunities.


Dr. Gould received her A.B. degree from University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, and was a Fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund with Sir Paul Nurse at Oxford University. She became an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute shortly after establishing her own laboratory at Vanderbilt University, where her laboratory focuses on obtaining a mechanistic understanding of how cell division is achieved and regulated.

The Gould Lab