Academy of Investigators Program

An Academy of Investigators workshop series was initiated in 2012 as part of the Vanderbilt DDRC enrichment program and is directed by Dr. Alyssa Hasty. The goal of the series is to expand trainee's knowledge base and comfort level in dealing with the "non-science" aspects of a career in academic medicine. The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month during the academic year in a lunch-meeting format with invited guest speakers to discuss topics such as: networking, managing lab finances, using the interview process to select the right people for your lab, dealing with different personalities in the lab, getting manuscripts written in a timely manner, CV preparation, etc.

This program is required for all N type Investigators. It is also recommended for basic and clinical scientists. If you have any questions regarding our program contact Alyssa Hasty at

DDRC Academy of Investigators Program Calendar




September 19, 2017

Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) resources

Loretta Bryne and Diana Andrew, VICTR

October 17, 2017

The NIH Grant Process

Rick Peek, Naji Abumrad, and Jim Goldenring, DDRC Leadership Team

November 7, 2017

Workplace workstyle

Alyssa Hasty, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Basic Science, VU

December 19, 2017

Getting a Job in Academia

William Cooper, Professor of Pediatrics

January 16, 2018

Preparing yourself for promition at VUMC

John Penn, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, VUMC

February 20, 2018

Tools for scientific writing

Jeff Shenton, Assistant Director of the Writing Studio

March 20, 2018

Alternative grant opportunities

Susan Meyn, Director for Research Resources & Planning, VUMC

May 2, 2018

DDRC Retreat

Focus: Progenitor Cells, Development, Regeneration, and Pre-malignant lesions

Student Life Center

Ballroom AB