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Leadership Team


James G. Patton, Ph.D.

Director, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program
Stevenson Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Director Honors Program , Department of Biological Sciences

Professor of Biological Sciences and Biochemistry, serves as the Director of the Vanderbilt IGP. Dr. Patton obtained his PhD at Mayo Clinic and came to Vanderbilt in 1993 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. His research interests are focused on the role of RNA in the regulation of gene expression. Current work is devoted to understanding the role of miRNAs during early vertebrate development using zebrafish as a model system. 

Assistant Director

Beth Bowman, Ph.D.

Dr. Beth A. Bowman, Assistant Professor of Medical Administration, serves as Assistant Director of the IGP. Beth directs the recruitment and admissions process for the IGP, teaches first year students, and is the co-director of the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy for undergraduates performing research at Vanderbilt.


Carolyn Berry

Program Manager, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program
Program Manager, Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program

Carolyn earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Cognitive Studies and Education.  She manages recruitment activities, new student matriculation, manages registration and the first year course, and is a resource for all things IGP and QCB.