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 13, 2016

Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) resources

Tara Helmer, VICTR

October 18, 2016

"Preparing yourself for promotion at VUMC"

John Penn, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

November 15. 2016

"Statistical analysis of biological data sets"

Tatsuki Koyama, Associate Professor of Biostatistics

December 13, 2016

"Responding to reviews without losing your sanity or your soul"

James West, Assistant Professor of Medicine

January 17, 2017

"Preparing your CV for your future career-networking"

Alyssa Hasty, Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

February 21, 2017

"Short-and-long term financial management of your lab"

Richard Peek, MD, Michelle Southard-Smith, PhD, and Chris Williams, MD, PhD

March 21, 2017

"Accountability and integrity in publication of biomedical research"

Elizabeth Heitman, Phd, Center for Biomedical Ethics

April 18, 2017

DDRC Retreat

Focus: Gastrointestinal Infections and Injury

Langford Auditorium