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Meet Our Outcomes Team

The mission of the BRET Office of Outcomes Research is to provide program evaluation and program outcomes analyses to biomedical PhD training program directors at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

To contact a member of the outcomes team, email

Abby Brown,
Director of Outcomes Research
Assistant Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Abby Brown, Ph.D., helped launch the BRET Office of Outcomes Research in 2006 and is currently the director. Dr. Brown is also an Assistant Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics with the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. As Director of Outcomes Research, Dr. Brown is responsible for collection, analysis, and dissemination of relevant information to assist all biomedical educational programs at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine in planning, evaluating, and developing policies and programs to provide a high quality education in the biomedical sciences.

Dr. Brown received her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her M.S. degree from Miami University (Ohio), and her Ph.D. in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics from Vanderbilt University.


: 615-343-1623

Kimberly Petrie

Assistant Dean, Biomedical Career Development
Associate Professor of Medical Education and Administration

Kim Petrie, Ph.D., launched the BRET Office of Career Development for biomedical sciences graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in 2005 and is currently the Director. Dr. Petrie is also an Assistant Professor of Medical Administration with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Petrie provides individual career advising appointments, develops career and professional development programs and workshops, develops relationships with alumni and employers, and administers exit interviews for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Petrie received a BA in Biology from Lawrence University and her PhD in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Petrie is a member of the Graduate Career Consortium and the faculty advisor for the Vanderbilt University Advanced Degree Consulting Club.


: 615-322-6885

Jan Varadarajan

Project Manager

In her role as a project manager, Jan Varadarajan, Ph.D., supports the analysis, interpretation and visualization of the outcomes data from Vanderbilt’s biomedical research training programs for the Ph.D. students. Additionally, she is responsible for the evaluation of the first year PhD umbrella program.

Dr. Varadarajan earned her M.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Biological Sciences from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India, her M.A. in Microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin in Texas, and her Ph.D. in Molecular biology from Purdue University in Indiana.


: 615-343-3748


Lindsay Meyers

Director of BRET Operations

Lindsay Meyers is currently the Director of Operations within the Office for Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET).  She is responsible for various strategic and operational initiatives within this office, including supporting the development of the Outcomes Database for alumni records and the maintenance of the Trainee Database for active students.  With over seventeen years of experience in the BRET office, she brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and operational strategy to each project.

Ms. Meyers received a B.S. degree from Davidson College in Mathematics and a M.Div. from Vanderbilt University.


: 615-322-3770


Nick Ward
Program Manager

Nick Ward, Ph.D. is responsible for program evaluation and program outcomes analysis for training grants and the biomedical sciences doctoral programs.

Dr. Ward earned his B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University.