Academy of Investigators Program

An Academy of Investigators workshop series was initiated in 2012 as part of the Vanderbilt DDRC enrichment program and is currently co-directed by Drs. Alyssa Hasty and Lori Coburn. 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 generally 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 or Lori Coburn at

2023 Presentations

Date Presentation Speaker
Thur, Sept 22nd   How to Write your CDA Progress Report Christianne-Roumie, MD, MPH in partner with the Newman Society via Zoom and in 206 PRB
Mon, Sept 26th Welcome Reception 4-5 pm MRB IV-Light Hall, 9th Floor Atrium Break Area 
Tues, Oct 18th Networking Panel Maureen Gannon, PhD, John Koethe, MD, and Jefferey Rathmell, PhD
Tues, Nov 15th  Biostatistics Tatsuki Koyama, PhD
Tues, Dec 6th Workplace Styles Alyssa Hasty, PhD
Thur, Jan 12th  Best Practices for Paper Writing James West, PhD in partner with Edge Seminars
Tues, Feb 14th Rigor and Reproducibility in Research  Kendra Oliver, PhD
Tues, Mar 21st TBD