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ASPIRE Advisory Committee

The ASPIRE Program Advisory Committee consists of external advisors from various industries, as well as Vanderbilt faculty and trainees. The annual meeting serves as an opportunity to seek input, celebrate milestones, and learn from our partners.

Advisory Committee

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Manuel Ascano, PhD

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry Department
Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Department
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN


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    Robert Carnahan, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Cancer Biology
    Vanderbilt University
    Nashville, TN

    Watch Dr. Carnahan’s Beyond the Lab interview!


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      Sam Dooyema

      Graduate Student
      Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
      Vanderbilt University
      Nashville, TN


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        Dale Edgar, PhD

        Independent Consultant and Entrepreneur
        Retired
        Lilly Distinguished Research Fellow
        Global Head, Science and Technology Partnerships
        Lilly Research Laboratories
        Eli Lilly and Company
        Indianapolis, IN


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          Efrain Garcia, PhD

          Chief, International Partnerships Branch
          Division of International Health Security
          Department of Health and Human Services
          Washington, D.C.

          Watch Dr. Garcia’s Beyond the Lab interview.


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            Brian Laden, PhD

            Partner
            TriStar Technology Ventures
            Nashville, TN


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              Lorena Infante Lara, PhD

              Communications and Social Media Manager
              Office of the Dean of Basic Sciences
              Vanderbilt University
              Nashville, TN


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                Ines Macias-Perez, PhD

                Senior Scientist of Product Development
                Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
                Nashville, TN

                Watch Dr. Perez’s Beyond the Lab interview!


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                  Alan Marnett, PhD

                  CEO
                  Benchfly, Inc
                  Nashville, TN


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                    Richard O'Brien, PhD

                    Professor
                    Director of Graduate Studies
                    Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
                    Director, Molecular Endocrinology Training Program
                    Vanderbilt University
                    Nashville, TN


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                      Michael R. Otto, PhD

                      Senior Research Scientist
                      Quidel
                      San Diego, CA


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                        Margaret Read, PhD

                        General Manager, Corporate Alliances
                        Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization
                        Vanderbilt University

                        Watch Dr. Read’s Beyond the Lab interview!


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                          Steven Roberds, PhD

                          Chief Scientific Officer
                          Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
                          Silver Spring, MD

                          Watch Dr. Roberds’s Beyond the Lab interview!


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                            Deborah Roby, PhD

                            Postdoctoral Fellow
                            Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
                            Vanderbilt University
                            Nashville, TN


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                              Abby Trotter

                              Executive Director
                              Life Science Tennessee


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                                Laurie VanderVeen, PhD

                                Senior Scientist
                                Nektar Therapeutics
                                San Francisco, CA


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                                  Chris Wright, D.Phil.

                                  Director, Vanderbilt University Program in Developmental Biology
                                  Louise B. McGavock Chair
                                  Professor and Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs
                                  Department of Cell & Developmental Biology
                                  Vanderbilt University
                                  Nashville, TN



                                    ASPIRE Advisory Committee Emeritus Members
                                    • Ken Holroyd, MD, MBA, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
                                    • Dan Hutcheson, PhD, MBA, R&D Liaison Officer, Indivior, Inc, North Chesterfield, VA
                                    • Kevin Lee, PhD, Executive Director, The Lawrence Ellison Foundation, New York, NY
                                    • Nancy Wall, PhD, Associate Professor, Biology, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI