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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 Ph.D. 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 Associate Professor of Medical Administration with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Petrie develops career and professional development programs, fosters relationships with alumni and employers, and partners with the outcomes team to understand the career trajectories of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Petrie received a BA in Biology from Lawrence University and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Petrie is a member of the Graduate Career Consortium and the AAMC GREAT group.


: 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 Ph.D. 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


Daniela Hernandez Duque

Program Manager, Outcomes and Evaluation

Daniela Hernandez Duque is currently the Program Manager for the Outcomes Team, where she supports the analysis of outcomes data from the current and previous BRET students.

Daniela earned her MEng degree in Engineering in Surgery and Intervention from Vanderbilt University and he bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from Trevecca Nazarene University.

: daniela.a.hernandez.duque@Vanderbilt.Edu

: 615-343-6010