Contact Us

Contact Information
Telephone: 404-727-2545
Fax: 404-727-3322

Mailing Address
Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Emory University
1462 Clifton Road, Suite 314
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

The main GDBBS office is located in Suite 314 of the former Dental Building (1462 Clifton Road). Once in the building, take the elevators to the third floor, turn left, and the office will be on the left side of the hallway. The nearest parking lot is Michael Street Deck.

Division Director

Nael A. McCarty
Dr. Nael A. McCarty, Director of the Division

Nael McCarty, PhD, is the Marcus Professor of Cystic Fibrosis, in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University. After receiving a BS in systematics and ecology at the University of Kansas, he earned his MS in marine biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and his PhD in cell physiology in at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He then received postdoctoral training in molecular physiology at Caltech, before moving to Atlanta in 1994.
His first academic position was as Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pediatrics at Emory, a position that he held for seven years. He then moved his lab to Georgia Tech in 2001 where he was Associate Professor in the School of Biology.   
The Department of Pediatrics recruited Dr. McCarty back to Emory late in 2007 where he leads the Emory+Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Center of Excellence. Since that time, Dr. McCarty has expanded his basic science research into new more-translational areas, primarily focused on CF. Most of this work focuses on the molecular pharmacology of the protein defective in CF, as well as the consequences of loss of this protein on airway cell physiology, with funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the CF Foundation.
Following a long career of involvement in graduate education, Dr. McCarty became the Director of the GDBBS in the Laney Graduate School in May, 2016. He also serves as Co-Director of the Molecules-to-Mankind graduate pathway, funded by the Burroughs Wellcome fund, and as the Director of the Atlanta BEST Program at Emory and Georgia Tech. The latter program, funded by the NIH, seeks to expand the horizons for biomedical PhD students and postdocs, to prepare them for careers outside of academia.

Telephone: 404-727-2545

Division Personnel

Brandon Barnes, Business Analyst II
Telephone: 404-727-3215

Susan Hoffstadter, Program Administrator for BCDB & MSP
Telephone: 404-727-1594

Gary Longstreet, Program Administrator for CB & NS
Telephone: 404-727-3707

Roberta Lynn, Program Administrator for GMB & PBEE
Telephone: 404-727-2802

Emily Morran, Program Administrator for IMP & MMG
Telephone: 404-727-2546

Kathy Smith, Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Telephone: 404-727-2547

Maureen Thomas, Secretary
Telephone: 404-727-2752

Margie Varnado, Business Manager
Telephone: 404-727-2803