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About the BRET Office of Career Development ASPIRE Program

Established in 2005, the BRET Office of Career Development provides career and professional development enrichment activities for Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The office 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. Kathy Gould oversees the Office of Career Development ASPIRE Program, Dr. Kim Petrie is assistant dean of biomedical career development, Dr. Ashley Brady directs career engagement and strategic partnerships, Kate Stuart is assistant director, and Angela Zito is program manager of professional development opportunities.

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

The BRET Office of Career Development serves Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical sciences from Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. All BRET Office of Career Development events are open to the Vanderbilt community. ASPIRE activities, individual advising appointments, and other resources are specifically designed for BRET Ph.D. graduate 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
  • 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 two Senior Career Coaches dedicated to serving graduate students. Kayla Smith works primarily with graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. Christina Keeton, Ph.D. works with graduate students in the non-biomedical STEM fields. A full list of the graduate departments and programs that the Career Center serves can be found HERE and to schedule a meeting with your Career Coach, graduate students should login to DoreWays.