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Gould named senior associate dean for Biomedical Research, Education and Career Development

Sep. 4, 2020, 9:51 AM


by Carol Rouzer

Kathleen Gould, PhD, Louise B. McGavock Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in the School of Medicine Basic Sciences, has been named senior associate dean for Biomedical Research, Education and Career Development.

Kathleen Gould, PhD

Gould joined the Vanderbilt faculty as an assistant professor after she obtained her PhD from the University of California San Diego and completed postdoctoral studies as a Jane Coffin Childs Fellow at Oxford University under Sir Paul Nurse.

Her early career was highlighted by receipt of a Searle Scholar Award and a Boehringer Ingelheim New Investigator Award, both in 1992. Soon thereafter, she became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, a position that she held for 19 years.

Her ground-breaking research has resulted in the publication of more than 130 peer-reviewed papers. She was Vanderbilt’s SEC Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2018 and won the Sutherland Prize for Achievement in Research in that same year.

In addition to her research activities, Gould has played a major role in promoting and expanding the biomedical sciences graduate education program at Vanderbilt. She has served as associate dean for Biomedical Sciences and director of graduate support since 2012. In those roles, she oversees the directors of graduate studies and serves as co-director of the ASPIRE career development program.

Through her early efforts to enhance career development at Vanderbilt, she was instrumental in securing a $1.2-million, NIH-funded Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training grant, which supported the ASPIRE program from 2014 through 2019. Only 17 such awards were made across the country.

Gould’s new title recognizes her major past and ongoing contributions to graduate biomedical research, education, and career development.

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