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Vanderbilt ASPIRE-Basic Sciences Board of Visitors Mentoring Program: Fall Mentor-Mentee Lunch

Posted by on Friday, December 9, 2022 in Announcements .

This fall, eleven current PhD graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical sciences were selected through a competitive application process to be part of the newly launched Vanderbilt ASPIRE-Basic Sciences Board of Visitors Mentoring Program. Trainees were matched with a mentor from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences  Board of Visitors (BOV) based upon common academic and professional interests and experiences. On November 11, the mentees had the opportunity to meet their mentors in person for the first time over lunch on campus during the fall BOV meeting.

The BOV members serve as advisors to the Dean’s office to support and foster the achievement of excellence in all aspects of research, teaching and career development for the students, postdocs and faculty members of Basics Sciences.  This program came out of a partnership with the BRET ASPIRE Program and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences Dean’s office.  Selected trainees will meet with their mentors at least twice this year to seek advice and support on a variety of topics which may include exploring careers paths of interest and pathways to get there, discussing networking strategies, setting professional goals, and connecting with others to establish a broad professional network.  This year’s program will run for 9 months, from September 2022 -May 2023, but mentor-mentee pairs are welcome to stay in touch afterward.  

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows selected for the program and their BOV mentors are:

2022-2023 Vanderbilt ASPIRE- Basic Sciences Board of Visitors Mentoring Program

Trainee BOV Member and Mentor
Justin Critchlow
Asit Parikh, MD, PhD
Gaomin Feng, PhD
Laura Niedernhofer, MD,PhD
Gillian FitzRenee Iacona, PhD, MPH
Loic Fort, PhDLee Limbird, PhD
Paola Molina, PhD Subbu Apparsundaram, PhD
Carla O'NealeColleen Piersen, PhD
Nabil SalehSubbu Apparsundaram, PhD
Andrew SiladiMace Rothenburg, MD
Jennifer SilvermanRichard Hamilton, PhD
Rachael Wolters, DVMJosh Smith, MD, PhD, FACS
Jose ZepedaAndrea Carnegie, PhD




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