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VIIBRE - Accomplishments

To date, VIIBRE has:

  • Contributed to the recruitment, professional development, and/or research capabilities of 13 faculty members, including 7 tenure-track assistant professors.
  • Raised $66,770,298 with 55 external grants and contracts to support VIIBRE-initiated or VIIBRE-specific research.
  • Produced broad faculty involvement: 55 Faculty Fellows in 25 departments and centers at Vanderbilt, and 26 external collaborations at national and international universities, federal agencies, and private companies.
  • Provided funding or research resulting in more than 150 research articles published in peer-reviewed journals, approximately 25 letters, comments, application notes and methods papers, and book chapters published, and 25 patents issued and pending as a direct result of VIIBRE activities. (This list does not include unrelated publications by VIIBRE-associated faculty.)
  • Established two shared resource laboratories and c reated new devices for the study of cellular metabolic dynamics and signaling, chemotaxis and haptotaxis , development, angiogenesis, and cancer growth and metastasis.
      • Microfabrication Core with its microfluidics facilities and training that are unique at Vanderbilt
      • Automated Biosystems Core with its seamlessly interfaced high-content screening confocal microscope and HTS/HCS image analysis software programs.
  • Launched SyBBURE : a major undergraduate, summer-plus-academic-year research program funded by an Gideon Searle, a Vanderbilt alumnus, and the Provost (2006-2016).




  • Created undergraduate courses and labs in experimental systems biology and BioMEMS .
  • Trained 28 postdocs, 48 graduate students, and more than 170 undergraduates.