biomedical sciences

New graduate student Kaitlyn Gallagher, right, is all smiles after Kathy Gould, PhD, senior associate dean for Biomedical Research Education and Training, helps her into her lab coat. Admitted to the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Gallagher was among 117 new PhD students welcomed during the recent ceremony in Langford Auditorium. (All photos by Erin O. Smith)

‘Simple Beginnings’ ceremony welcomes doctoral students

“Simple Beginnings” is Vanderbilt University’s annual ceremony that welcomes each new class of doctoral students in the biomedical and biological sciences.

Vanderbilt mourns loss of former ‘godfather of grants’ John Hoover Hash

John Hoover Hash, PhD, who as associate dean for Biomedical Sciences and director of Sponsored Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center oversaw the computerization of VUMC’s grant recording system in the 1980s, died in Nashville on June 20. He was 94.

Grant boosts student diversity in biomedical data science

Meharry Medical College, Fisk University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have received a grant to engage and support diverse undergraduate and graduate students who participate in biomedical informatics and biomedical data science summer research programs. 

Scott Pearson, MD, professor of Surgery (back row with tie), and James Patton, PhD, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences (on Pearson’s left), celebrate year two of the Master’s Program in Biomedical Sciences they co-direct with the 16 students enrolled this year plus some of the 10 students from last year’s class. The program prepares students for a broad array of health professional careers. Patton directs the Vanderbilt University Interdisciplinary Graduate Program. Pearson is a core faculty member of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. For more information, visit

Year two for Master’s Program in Biomedical Sciences

Vanderbilt’s Master’s Program in Biomedical Sciences prepares students for a broad array of health professional careers.

Hubaida Fuseini, right, earned her PhD in Microbe-Host Interactions, working with Dawn Newcomb, PhD.

Biomedical Sciences graduates driven by promise of discovery

Eighty-seven students earned doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences from Vanderbilt during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Biomedical sciences journey starts from Simple Beginnings

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine welcomed 112 new doctoral students on Aug. 31 during the ninth annual Simple Beginnings ceremony in a Light Hall lecture room filled with family members and other well-wishers.

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