The BRET Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) assists postdoctoral fellows during their training at Vanderbilt. Our office handles all postdoctoral appointments and re-appointments and manages the health insurance plan for postdoctoral fellows paid by training grants or fellowships. We sponsor the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association (PDA), a professional group open to all postdoctoral appointees at Vanderbilt University.  We work closely with the BRET Office of Career Development and Outcomes Analysis, the BRET Psychological Services, and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP)'s Annual Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Training Day which is held each May. 

New postdoctoral fellows and trainees should email in the BRET Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, 340 Light Hall, to set up a brief introduction to the Resources of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Senior Associate Dean

  • 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

  • Faith Bishop

    Faith Bishop coordinates all appointments and re-appointments for postdoctoral fellows training in medical center departments. All new postdoctoral fellows 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 VUMC.

Faculty / Staff

  • 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.

  • Mistie Germek, Ph.D.

    Dr. Mistie Germek is the BRET Psychologist. Dr. Germek provides confidential counseling for VUMC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at no cost. No limit is placed on the number of counseling sessions. Appointments can be scheduled by calling Dr. Germek or by e-mail. See BRET Psychological Services website for more information concerning the confidential counseling and other services provided by the BRET Psychological Services.

  • Kim Petrie, Ph.D.

    Dr. Kim Petrie is the BRET Director of 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 visit the BRET OCDOA website.