March 18, 2005

Richmond to lead postdoc program efforts

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Ann Richmond, Ph.D.

Richmond to lead postdoc program efforts

Ann Richmond, Ph.D., professor of Cancer Biology, has been named assistant dean for Biomedical Research, Education and Training (BRET).

In her new role, Richmond will help determine ways to strengthen the postdoctoral program and enrich the postdoctoral experience at Vanderbilt.

“We hope to find ways to bring the best and brightest postdoctoral fellows to Vanderbilt to work with our outstanding faculty and to facilitate the process of development of the careers for those who come through our program,” she said. “Dean Chalkley has already laid the groundwork for this program, and I am fortunate to be able to work with him and with Dean Gabbe to explore ways for the program to soar.”

Last year, Vanderbilt was ranked second in the nation in The Scientist’s annual survey, “Best Places for Postdocs.”

Richmond is also director of Graduate Studies for the Master of Laboratory Science Program and associate director of Education for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, as well as vice-chair of Cancer Biology. She is also a senior career scientist with the Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

“I am tremendously excited about working with Ann Richmond. She has been continuously productive in her field and has garnered enormous respect as a scientist,” said G. Roger Chalkley, D. Phil., senior associate dean for Biomedical Research, Education and Training.

“Her participation in the BRET office will allow us to focus a new round of service on the highly valuable postdoc community in the Medical Center.

“We will be developing career counseling, opportunities for teaching, advice on grant writing and looking for creative ways of funding postdoctoral education. Ann will be playing a leadership role in these and other areas within the office.”

Richmond earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from Emory University and continued at Emory as a postdoctoral fellow in Tumor Biology.

She served on Emory's faculty as associate professor of Medicine and assistant professor of Cell Biology until coming to Vanderbilt in 1989.

She has authored more than 90 papers and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology.