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The BRET Office assists biomedical postdoctoral fellows during their training at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, alongside the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) in the VU Graduate School.  Our office reviews postdoctoral appointments and re-appointments and works closely with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs throughout the entire process.

New postdoctoral fellows and trainees should email SOMPostdocs@Vanderbilt.edu in the BRET Office, 340 Light Hall, to set up a brief introduction to the resources offered during their time as a postdoc.

Senior Associate Dean

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Roger Chalkley, D. Phil

Dr. Roger Chalkley is the Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) and the professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, School of Medicine at Vanderbilt. He is responsible for the overview of activities of the office of Biomedical Research Education and Training. These responsibilities include oversight of the PostDoctoral Affairs, the MD/PhD Program, Ph.D. granting programs as well as Minority Activities and supporting Training Grant applications.


    Postdoctoral Program Manager

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    Faith Bishop

    Faith Bishop coordinates the requirements for all postdoctoral appointments and re-appointments in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Center departments. Faith works with postdocs, staff, and faculty to ensure timely completion of the required documents for postdoc appointments and reappointments before they are reviewed and approved by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA).

    All new postdocs are strongly encouraged to attend an introductory meeting with Faith during the first two weeks of arriving at Vanderbilt. Faith will review Vanderbilt appointment procedures, postdoctoral policies, and institutional resources available to fellows training at VU and VUMC.


    Faculty and Staff

    Associate Dean

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    Kathy Gould, Ph.D.

    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.


    Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development

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    Kim Petrie, Ph.D.

    Dr. Kim Petrie is the Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development. Dr. Petrie provides career and professional development resources for the postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the biomedical sciences. In addition to hosting career development programs, Dr. Petrie also meets individually with postdocs and students for confidential career advising appointments. To make a confidential career advising appointment or learn more about career development resources at Vanderbilt, visit the BRET Office of Career Development website.


    Assistant Dean of Biomedical Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships

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    Ashley Brady, Ph.D.

    Ashley E. Brady, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships and the ASPIRE Program Manager for the Office of Career Development.  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.


    Director of Outcomes

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    Abby Brown, Ph.D.

    Dr. Abby Brown is the BRET Director of Outcomes Analysis. Dr. Brown oversees the annual postdoctoral satisfaction survey, and manages the postdoctoral exit survey process. For questions about postdoctoral outcomes, contact Dr. Brown.