Training

V-SCHoLARs

The Vanderbilt Center for Population Science and Randomized Clinical Trials offers an NHLBI K12 training program, the Vanderbilt Scholars in HIV and Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Research (V-SCHoLARs). Its goal is to train the next generation of investigators with expertise in HIV and HLBS research.

The current scholars working on K23 award applications submitting in spring of 2024 are:

Debra Dixon, MD, MS

Instructor in Medicine
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Jeffrey Schmeckpeper, MD, PhD

Instructor in Medicine
Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Alumni

Four scholars have successfully transitioned off the K12 and received NIH career development awards:

    Sam Bailin, MD, MSCI

    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Natalie Chichetto, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Colleges of Medicine and Public Health and Health Professions, Department of Epidemiology
    University of Florida

    Curt Gabriel, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Medicine
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Dr. Gabriel is currently executing his funded K23, "The Gut-Liver Axis in HIV-Related Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease."

    Celestine Wanjalla, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Dr. Wanjalla is recipient of a Clinical Scientist Development Award from Doris Duke and a prestigious Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists.