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PhD Career Connections: Project Management and Research Administration

Posted by on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in Upcoming BRET Office of Career Development Events .


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PhD Career Connections presents: 
Project Management and Research Administration
Thursday November 30th
Light Hall 202
featuring Julie Field, PhD, and Jana Shirey-Rice, PhD,

from Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

​Registration is requested



Julie R. Field, Ph.D.

Dr. Field received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University in 2010. Her doctoral research focused on structural determinants of serotonin transporter interactions with antidepressants and drugs of abuse.  Following a postdoctoral fellowship in the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, Dr. Field joined VICTR as a Project Manager in 2012. At VICTR, she’s expanded on her extensive scientific training in pharmacology to manage numerous projects related to personalized medicine, including Vanderbilt’s Pharmacogenomic Resource for Enhanced Decisions in Care and Treatment (PREDICT), the VUMC Laboratory Formulary, and several discovery projects using BioVU and VUMC’s Synthetic Derivative. Currently, Dr. Field serves as the Research Core Team Lead for the All of Us Data and Research Center, a collaboration among VUMC, Verily, and the Broad Institute to establish a cloud-based data and research platform for the national All of Us Research Program.



Jana K. Shirey-Rice, PhD

Dr. Shirey-Rice received her doctorate degree in pharmacology from Vanderbilt University and is currently a Senior Project Manager and Team Lead for the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University where she studied allosteric modulation of G-protein coupled receptors as therapeutic targets for Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. During her graduate training, she developed expertise in receptor pharmacology and signaling, high-throughput screening, brain slice electrophysiology, and drug discovery.  She pursued an additional year of training as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine, expanding her skills in neurobiology studying the norepinephrine transporter and its role in postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.  In her current project management role, Dr. Shirey-Rice uses her strong scientific training to initiate, plan, implement, and monitor multiple diverse, large-scale initiatives. These include managing a team of other project managers and a pipeline of drug repurposing projects levering human genetic associations to discover novel drug/indication pairs. Overall, the focus of Dr. Shirey-Rice’s work is speeding the pace of translation of scientific discoveries to clinically impactful therapeutics and technologies.

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