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About the BRET Office of Career Development ASPIRE Program

Established in 2005, the BRET Office of Career Development ASPIRE Program provides career and professional development enrichment activities for Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Part of the Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training in the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences, the ASPIRE program was recognized in 2013 for its commitment to career development for biomedical sciences Ph.D. students and postdocs through a BEST award, a $1.2 million, 5-year grant from the NIH Common Fund. The ASPIRE Program stands for Augmenting Scholar Preparation and Integration with Research-Related Endeavors.

Dr. Kim Petrie is assistant dean of biomedical career development, Dr. Ashley Brady is assistant dean for career engagement and strategic partnerships, Kate Stuart is associate director, and Angela Zito is assistant director.

Whether you are exploring your options or searching for a job or postdoc, we can help! This website provides an overview of the services we offer and serves as a gateway to a wealth of information related to professional development and careers in science.

Office of Career Development ASPIRE Program
Biomedical Research Education and Training
340 Light Hall
2215 Garland Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37232-0301

All BRET Office of Career Development ASPIRE Program events are open to the Vanderbilt community. Individual advising appointments are specifically designed for BRET-affiliated Ph.D. students and postdocs.

Ph.D. Programs we serve:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Chemical & Physical Biology
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy and Health Services Research
  • Hearing & Speech Sciences
  • Human Genetics
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP)
  • Microbe-Host Interactions
  • Molecular Pathology & Immunology
  • Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program (QCB)

Postdoctoral Programs & Departments we serve:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Dermatology
  • Health Policy
  • Hearing and Speech Sciences
  • Kennedy Center
  • Medicine
    • Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care
    • Division of Cardiology/Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Division of Clinical Pharmacology
    • Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
    • Division of Epidemiology
    • Division of Gastroenterology
    • Division of Genetic Medicine
    • Division of Hematology/Oncology
    • Division of Infectious Disease
    • Division of Internal Medicine
    • Division of Nephrology
    • Division of Rheumatology and Immunology
  • Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Neurology
  • Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
  • Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Cardiology
    • Pediatric Infectious Disease
    • Neonatology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry
  • Section of Surgical Sciences
    • Department of Cardiac Surgery
    • Department of Thoracic Surgery
    • Department of Plastic Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Sciences (Previously Radiology & Radiological Sciences)
If you do not see your program listed above, you may be served by other campus offices. The Vanderbilt Career Center has several Career Coaches who serve graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, and non-life sciences STEM fields.