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Larry Marnett

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Dean of Basic Sciences


Lawrence J. “Larry” Marnett, PhD, is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Responsibilities associated with his role as senior associate dean of Biomedical Sciences include leading basic science education and post-doctorate training for more than 600 graduate students, more than 500 postdoctoral fellows and shared oversight for several trans-institutional graduate programs. Dr. Marnett supports the operations and strategic development of basic sciences throughout the Medical Center, including its many programs in basic sciences education. In coordination with the Provost’s office, Dr. Marnett also supports cross-institutional collaboration for shared institutes and centers. As associate vice chancellor for Research, Dr. Marnett is broadly responsible for promoting research discoveries, providing the infrastructure necessary to advance the research enterprise and strategic planning for the Medical Center and joint University basic science research and educational programs.

Dr. Marnett received a Bachelor of Science from Rockhurst College and a PhD in Chemistry from Duke University. He did his postdoctoral work at the Karolinska Institute and Wayne State University. He began his academic career at Wayne State University where he rose to the position of professor of Chemistry before joining Vanderbilt in 1989. The Mary Geddes Stahlman Professor of Cancer Research and University Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Dr. Marnett is also director of the A.B. Hancock, Jr. Memorial Laboratory for Cancer Research, director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Chemical Biology, and professor of Pharmacology.

Roger Chalkley

Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research, Education, and Training


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.

Kathy Gould

Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research, Education, and Career Development
Louise B. McGavock Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology


Kathy Gould, Ph.D., is the Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research, Education, and Career Development, a Louise B. McGavock Professor, and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology. Dr. Gould oversees the activities of the BRET Office of Career Development ASPIRE Program, working with the directors of graduate studies for each Ph.D. program affiliated with the School of Medicine to support graduate student training.

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