Alyssa Hasty, PhD
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Associate Dean for Faculty of the Basic Sciences in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, USA
Dr. Hasty received her PhD from Vanderbilt University in 1999 and subsequently completed 2-years of postdoctoral work at Tokyo University. She returned to Vanderbilt and completed another brief postdoctoral fellowship. In 2003, she was hired into a tenure track position in the department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics (MPB) at Vanderbilt University where she is now a Professor. She also has an appointment as a Research Health Scientist in the Veteran’s Affairs (VA).
Dr. Hasty's research laboratory focuses on immune-mediated mechanisms of cardiometabolic disease. In 2017 she was named as a Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair holder. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has received funding from the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, National Institutes of Health, and VA.
Dr. Hasty has trained 9 postdoctoral fellows and 13 PhD graduate students. In addition, she has mentored over 30 undergraduate, Master’s Degree and medical students, and has sat on numerous Qualifying Exams, and Dissertation Advisory Committees, and postdoc mentoring committees. For eight years, she served as an IMPACT mentor for a group of first year graduate students. She also completed a 7-yr term as the Director of Graduate Studies for MPB. She was one of the founding members of the Vanderbilt Women on Track Program, designed to help prepare women for successful faculty careers in academic medicine. She has been the Director of Career Development for the Digestive Diseases Research Center at Vanderbilt for 7 years and is now the Associate Dean for Faculty in the Basic Sciences within the School of Medicine. Dr. Hasty is also Faculty Head of House at Murray House – a dorm for first year undergraduate students at Vanderbilt. The most rewarding aspects of Dr. Hasty’s career are interacting with her Murray students and alumni, mentoring trainees in her own laboratory, and helping faculty members find fulfillment and vitality in their work.