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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. 

Sr Assoc Dean

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Kathy Gould, PhD

Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research, Education, and Career Development, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Louise B. McGavock Professor,
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Kathy Gould, Ph.D., is the Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research, Education, and Career Development 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 ASPIRE Program, 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 Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego and performed postdoctoral studies with Dr. Paul Nurse at Oxford University. Shortly after establishing her own laboratory to study cell cycle control at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Gould became an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is currently the Louise B. McGavock Professor.


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 B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Centre College and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University.  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 meets with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, facilitates the annual Career Symposium, coordinates the Beyond the Lab series, designs the annual report, teaches EQ + IQ=Career Success module, and manages the ASPIRE branding. Kate is a Gallup certified Strengths Coach and enjoys incorporating StrengthsFinder into career and professional development.

Kate has been with the BRET Office of Career Development since 2012 and at Vanderbilt since 2007. Prior to her time with BRET, Kate coordinated undergraduate student-alumni career engagement with the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association. Kate completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt in Human and Organizational Development in 2004. Besides spending time with her family, gardening, and coaching basketball, Kate loves to carefully craft clever out-of-office messages to make emailers laugh when they miss her.


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, she meets with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and focuses on professional development opportunities, including the module program, PhD Career Stories, the ASPIRE workshop series, and ASPIRE Mock Interview Day. Angela is also in the process of completing her Gallup Strengths Coach certification.

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. In her spare time she loves, sewing reading, and spending time with her family.


Program Manager APMM

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Ashlan Jackson

Program Manager, ASPIRE Path in Molecular Medicine | BRET Events | Biomedical Research and Training


 

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