Shannon Byers, PhD, MS

Senior Program Manager

Dr. Shannon Byers serves as Senior Program Manager for VIGH, supporting fellows on the  VECD Global Health Fellowship, Vanderbilt-Nigeria Building Research Capacity in HIV and Non-communicable Diseases (V-BRCH), Vanderbilt-Nigeria Research Administration and Management Training Program (V-RAMP) and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital-Bayero University Kano-Vanderbilt: Developing Future Leaders in Child Neurology and Epilepsy Research (ABV) projects. Originally from Miami, FL, she grew up in Nashville. She received her Ph.D. (Biology) from Tennessee State University and her B.A. (English) from Middle Tennessee State University. Formerly, she was Program Manager for the Division of Epidemiology (VUMC). She managed the Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer (MAGEC) training program, including supporting postdoctoral fellows and leading the program's annual evaluation meetings. She was also a Study Coordinator on several domestic and international grants. She corresponded with in-country study teams, managed the department's T32 and D43 training tables, and assisted with editing and submitting grant proposals, progress reports and manuscripts to high-impact journals. She was also formerly an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at Tennessee State University, where she taught anatomy and physiology to up-and-coming healthcare students. She enjoys running and has run several marathons and half-marathons, including the Nashville Marathon in 2009 and Half Marathon in 2019.