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Meet Our Team

The BRET Office of Career Development ASPIRE Program is located in Light Hall, Suite 340. For general inquiries, email bret.career.development@vanderbilt.edu or call 615-875-8981. 

Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences

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Kathy Gould, PhD

Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Director of Graduate Student Support,
Louise B. McGavock Professor
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Kathy Gould, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences, the Director of Graduate Student Support at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, a Louise B. McGavock Professor, and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology. Dr. Gould oversees the activities of the BRET Office of Career Development, working with the directors of graduate studies for each Ph.D. program affiliated with the School of Medicine to support graduate student training.

Dr. Gould received her A.B. degree from University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, and was a Fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund with Sir Paul Nurse at Oxford University. She became an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute shortly after establishing her own laboratory at Vanderbilt University, where her laboratory focuses on obtaining a mechanistic understanding of how cell division is achieved and regulated.


Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development

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Kim Petrie, PhD

Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development
Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration

Kim Petrie, Ph.D., launched the BRET Office of Career Development for biomedical sciences graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in 2005 and is currently the Director. Dr. Petrie is also an Assistant Professor of Medical Administration with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Petrie provides individual career advising appointments, develops career and professional development programs and workshops, develops relationships with alumni and employers, and administers exit interviews for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Petrie received a BA in Biology from Lawrence University and her PhD in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Petrie is a member of the Graduate Career Consortium and the faculty advisor for the Vanderbilt University Advanced Degree Consulting Club.


Director of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships

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Ashley Brady, PhD

Assistant Dean of Biomedical Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships
Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration

Ashley E. Brady, Ph.D., is Assistant Dean of Biomedical Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships and Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration.  She manages the design, development, and delivery of curricula and programs to provide professional skills training for biomedical sciences PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.  She is also responsible for developing and managing relationships with internal and external partners, and providing career advising services for trainees.

Prior to her role in the BRET office, Dr. Brady served as Associate Director of Foundation Relations at Vanderbilt University.  In this role, she cultivated relationships with private foundations and served as a match-maker to help faculty and trainees identify and apply for non-federal funding opportunities.  Dr. Brady obtained her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University in 2003.  She pursued post-doctoral studies at both the Centre Nationale de Researche Scientifique (CNRS) in Montpellier, France and the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.


Assistant Director

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Kate Stuart

Assistant Director

Kate Stuart is the Assistant Director for the Office of Career Development. She writes the bi-weekly career newsletter, facilitates the annual Career Symposium, coordinates the Beyond the Lab series, and manages the BRET website.

Kate has been with the BRET Office of Career Development since 2012, at Vanderbilt since 2007. Prior to her time with BRET, Kate coordinated undergraduate student-alumni career engagement with the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association. She also provided resources for alumni in career transition, including a webinar series, a job posting site, and career seminars in different cities. Kate completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt in Human and Organizational Development in 2004.


Program Manager

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Angela Zito, M.Ed.

Program Manager, Office of Career Development

Angela Zito is the Program Manager for the Office of Career Development. In her role, Angela will focus on professional development opportunities, include the module program.

After completing her BA in Psychology at CSU Sacramento, she went on to receive her MEd in Higher Education Administration at Vanderbilt University. She began working for the Commons Center during her graduate program, and continued on with Vanderbilt Student Centers working on training and development programs for the undergraduate student employees.