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CDB/POD2 Administration

Basic Sciences Research Administrative POD2 links


Ian G. Macara, Ph.D.
Louise B. McGavock Professor and Chairman, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
(615) 875-5565
Dr. Macara received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Sheffield,UK. He did post-doctoral fellowships at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA and in the laboratory of Dr. Lew Cantley at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Dr. Macara joined the faculty at the University of Rochester in the Department of Biophysics then joined the faculty at the University of Vermont in the Department of Pathology and became a member of the Vermont Cancer Center. Dr. Macara then joined the faculty at the University of Virginia, earning the Harrison Distinguished Professorship in the Department of Microbiology. He came to Vanderbilt in 2012 as the Louise B McGavock Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.

Dr. Macara is the recipient of a Mellon Foundation Fellowship, held a Craig Scholarship and was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award from the University of Virginia. In the past decade he has co-chaired five international conferences and is frequently invited as a Keynote Speaker, Distinguished Lecturer or Plenary Lecturer for significant international meetings. Dr. Macara is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology and the American Society of Biological Chemists, serves on the Council of American Society for Cell Biology and is on the Senior Editor Board for the Journal of Cell Biology. In 2001 Dr. Macara was awarded a patent for Signal-generating oligonucleotide-based biosensors. In 2018 Dr. Macara was elected an AAAS Fellow.  Dr. Macara has remained fully funded through numerous RO1, NIH, DoD and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation grants and runs an internationally respected research program that has made fundamental discoveries on the mechanisms of cell polarity in morphogenesis and on the role of polarity genes metastasis. Dr. Macara is highly regarded as an educator as well as a research scholar. Over 27 graduate students have completed thesis work in his laboratory and he has mentored over 30 fellows. Dr. Macara’s innovative processes and investigation has made technologic advances and extended methodology in the fight against breast cancer.


Darlene Pope
Executive Assistant
(615) 875-5565
Darlene provides support for the Chair of the Department, Ian Macara and manages faculty affairs for the department. Darlene also coordinates faculty recruitment, symposia, website and social media as well as general departmental operations.


Philip Stoecklein, MPA
Sr. Program Assistant                                                                                                                                                                                      (615)-343-1482
Philip manages all departmental guest speakers including CDB Monday Seminar Series and other CDB invited speakers including those for the VBS Emerging Scholars VUMC Discovery Lecture Series. In addition to coordinating guest speaker itineraries and travel, Philip manages reservations for conference rooms, the majority of our departmental communications and provides support for CDB events and faculty.


Anuj Rastogi, M.S.
Equipment & Resource Manager, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt Brain Institute

Anuj manages the daily activities of the CDB and VBI Equipment Resource cores and maintains the common departmental equipment. He provides user training, directs users to the appropriate instrument for their research need, and provides information about new applications, procedures and services. All questions, comments and concerns with regard to the common equipment should be directed to Anuj.


Andrea Page-McCaw, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Acting Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
(615) 875-5841
Dr. Page-McCaw received her AB Magna Cum Laude in History of Science from Harvard University, and her science career began in the laboratory of Tim Bestor at Harvard Medical School.  She earned her PhD from MIT, as a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow working in the lab of Terry Orr-Weaver.  She currently she is a standing member of the Intercellular Interactions (ICI) study section, a member of the Editorial Board of Matrix Biology, and a Councilor of the American Society of Matrix Biology.  Her lab investigates basic mechanisms behind cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions during development and wound healing, using Drosophila as a model.


Lorie Franklin
Graduate Program Manager, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
The CDB Graduate Program benefits greatly from the experience Lorie brings to the department after managing the Cancer Biology and Graduate Programs. Lorie will continue to manage  Cancer Biology and add the CDB Graduate Program to her roster.


Mary K. Heath, MBA, CFA, CRA
Senior Assistant Dean of Administrative Pod 2
(615) 343-4905
Mary is Responsible for providing the department chair with insightful counsel to manage financial resources, personnel resources, and space allocations of the department. As Administrator she interprets essential administrative and compliance requirements for department faculty, students, and staff. She provides financial planning for department faculty and compiles the annual Cell & Developmental Biology budget. Mary provides leadership for a knowledgeable, experienced and effective administrative team in order to conduct the daily operations of the department’s business.


Celeste Goldman
Team Lead Finance, POD 2
(615) 343-7328
Celeste is the team Lead for POD 2 Finance. Celeste works with the Department of Finance to prepare and complete financial summary reports and prepares budget reports on a monthly basis for distribution. She reviews transactions for individual funding agency restrictions, administrative cost restrictions, and screens vendors to verify legitimate business use, documentation, and compliance with institutional and funding agency requirements.


Carol Johnson
Budget Accounting Analyst, POD 2
(615) 343-7188
Carol coordinates procurement processes for principal investigators and lab managers at the transaction level, and coordinates the department office environment. She is the System Administrator for Procurement Card Program and e-Procurement Purchase Order, and privilege management systems.


Cindy Young
HR Lead, POD 2
(615) 343-8342
Cindy is the Team Lead for HR, she personalizes and provides positive experiences for all new recruits by scheduling orientation, preparing documentation for the payroll system, and establishing email accounts. She manages all aspects of the payroll process. Cindy coordinates with Human Resources including Benefits, Payroll, Recruitment and Staffing, and Classification and Compensation concerning the department’s positions and personnel. Cindy also keeps academic appointments of research fellows up-to-date.



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