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DIBS Administration

Allen Song, Interim Director

Allen Song, Ph.D., Interim Director

allen.song@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 684-1215

Dr. Song is the director of the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging Analysis Center and a professor of radiology, psychiatry, neurobiology and biomedical engineering who has degrees in engineering and biophysics and did a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health. As a member of DIBS since its inception, he has served on the institute’s chairs and director’s advisory council and received a DIBS research incubator award. Song’s research attempts to improve the ability of functional MRI to see neuronal activity more directly. He was one of the first researchers in the nation to be awarded funds from the NIH’s new brain science initiative, BRAIN.

Elizabeth (Zab) Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Director

Elizabeth (Zab) Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Director

johnson@neuro.duke.edu | Phone: (919) 613-5020

Dr. Johnson is the associate director of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and an assistant research professor of neurobiology at the Duke University School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College, where she studied psychobiology and music. She earned her Ph.D. at the Center for Neural Science at New York University under the guidance of Robert Shapley, and she completed her postdoctoral training with David Fitzpatrick in the Department of Neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center. Her research interests are in color vision, specifically how the perception of color is mediated by circuits within visual cortex. During her postdoctoral training from 2004-2008, she served as the president of the Duke University Postdoctoral Association, where she played a key role in instituting the first formal policies regarding postdocs at Duke. She also helped establish the Office of Postdoctoral Services at Duke. Dr. Johnson joined the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences in 2008.

Amanda Archambeau, Financial Systems

Amanda Archambeau, Financial Systems

aa133@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 668-6091

Amanda Archambeau serves as the accounting and procurement specialist for the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. She is the financial and accounting support for DIBS and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She serves as the Buy@Duke and TRaC representatives for the Institute, as well as assisting with expense files and financial reporting. She is currently working on her master’s degree from UNC-Greensboro. She lives with her partner and two children in Graham, N.C.

Victor Gordon, Finance & Operations

Victor Gordon, Finance & Operations

victor.gordon@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 613-5012

Victor Gordon is the assistant director of administration for the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS). He operates as the business manager for DIBS and oversees day-to-day financial responsibilities, sponsored research activity, personnel management and facilities associated with the Institute and its constituent centers. Victor received his B.A. in U.S. history from UNC-Chapel Hill and a M.A. from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning. He has experience assisting museums, local governments and non-profit institutions with various aspects of program administration including fundraising, marketing and developing educational programs. Before coming to DIBS, Victor served as the grants and contracts specialist for Duke University’s Department of Neurobiology for more than four years. He lives in Durham with his wife and two children.

Tyler Lee, Undergraduate Student Services

Tyler Lee, Undergraduate Student Services

tyler.lee@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 684-9671

Tyler Lee serves as the staff assistant for the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences education program and Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience. She is responsible for coordinating independent study and graduation with distinction applications, assisting in summer undergraduate neuroscience programs at Duke. Other duties include academic advising support and primary point of contact for all current and prospective neuroscience undergraduates. She received a liberal arts degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C.

Diane Masters, Research Development

Diane Masters, Research Development

diane.masters@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 681-9554

Diane Masters is the lead grants administrator for the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) and its constituent centers. She administers the grant portfolios of DIBS, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Sciences faculty, postdocs and graduate students. She helps to identify funding opportunities, prepare competitive proposals and manage awards. Diane received her B.A. in fine arts at U.T. Austin and attended the University of Wisconsin for graduate studies in anthropology and museum studies. She had a circuitous path to university research administration, including careers as administrator of a busy academic research center at Cornell, writer for a museum education department in Wisconsin, and as an archaeologist and projects manager, doing fieldwork, drafting, conducting historical preservation research, contracting and financial management of both for- and not-for-profit cultural resource management firms in Virginia and Vermont. Diane lives in Durham with her husband and daughter.

Minna Ng, Educational Strategies & Community Partnerships

Minna Ng, Educational Strategies & Community Partnerships

minna.ng@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 684-6881

Dr. Ng has a faculty appointment at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. She studied biology at The City College of New York and earned her Ph.D. in psychology investigating the neural correlates of visual perception at UC San Diego. During her postdoctoral training at the Shiley Eye Institute, Dr. Ng examined glaucoma classification systems. She advises, teaches and develops curricular assessments for the Duke Undergraduate Neuroscience Program. Dr. Ng implements educational strategies for generating stimulating conversation among our students and across the diverse general public. She builds collaborative partnerships across Durham’s neighborhoods and sister communities for this interactive dialogue.

Julie Rhodes, Creative Strategy & Public Relations

Julie Rhodes, Creative Strategy & Public Relations

julie.rhodes@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 613-5014

Julie Rhodes serves as communications director for the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and its constituent groups, including the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN), Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science (D-CIDES), Duke's Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience, and the Graduate Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. Her work for the Institute includes managing overall branding, overseeing web and print collateral, and serving as media liaison and development associate. Julie holds a B.S. in sociology and a Master of industrial design. She formerly served as development and communications associate for the North Carolina Science Festival.

Craig Roberts, Ph.D., Learning Innovations and Global Programs

Craig Dane Roberts, Ph.D., Learning Innovations and Global Programs

craig.roberts@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 613-5027

Dr. Roberts has a faculty appointment in both the Brain Sciences and Education at Duke. He received his undergraduate degree from Wofford College, where he studied biology. At the University of Miami he earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience where he studied sensory detection mechanisms with Stephen Roper and Nirupa Chaudhari. He then came to Duke to receive post doctoral training in the Neurobiology Department where he studied the neural coding of sensory information. Dr. Roberts leads the adoption of advanced education technologies and strategies – focusing on scalable practices informed by the cognitive sciences. He also leads Global Programs by identifying external areas of need that align with internal research strengths, and developing intercontinental educational programs on top of this base of activity.

Trina Rodriguez, Programs & Center Coordination; Assistant to the Director

Trina Rodriguez, Programs & Center Coordination; Assistant to the Director

trina.rodriguez@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 668-2512

Trina Rodriguez serves as program coordinator and special assistant to the director and associate director of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS). She provides overall management and implementation of activities for all DIBS centers and research group events such as seminars, lectures, workshops, conferences and facility tours. In addition, Trina is also the point person for working with constituent center and research group faculty directors. Trina received her B.S. from the University of Baltimore, specializing in marketing. She spends her extra time managing her backsplash company in Wake Forest, NC.

Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, Co-curricular Student Programs & Bass Connections

Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, Co-curricular Student Programs & Bass Connections

nicole.schrammsapyta@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 654-5187

Dr. Schramm-Sapyta is a visiting assistant professor in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. She received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from NC State University and her Ph.D. in pharmacology from Vanderbilt University. She is fascinated by the bidirectional nature of the effect of our brains on behavior and therefore society, and society’s effects on our brains through our own and others’ behaviors. One of her life goals is to take neuroscience knowledge and make it relevant to everyone. Teaching classes on drug addiction and leading students with the Bass Connections program help her work toward this goal. Another lifelong goal is to help young people find their calling in life. To this end, her work with Bass Connections, co-curricular student programs, and as an advisor to neuroscience majors and first-year students is immensely satisfying.

Tanya Schreiber, Graduate Education & Event Planning

Tanya Schreiber, Graduate Education & Event Planning

tanya.schreiber@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 684-3422

Tanya Schreiber serves as program coordinator and assistant to the director of graduate studies for the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program (CNAP). For CNAP, Tanya coordinates the admissions process, manages policy and financial issues and serves as a liaison between the graduate school and current students. She also assists the course directors of Cognitive Neuroscience I and II as well as the Brain and Behavior class for the School of Medicine. She has had a circuitous route to university administration and has taught English in Japan, managed an English language school, worked as program coordinator for a busy university research center, and co-managed a ceramic arts center. Tanya received her B.M. and M.M. in violin performance from Rice University and maintains a busy performance schedule freelancing in the Triangle area.

Cindy Sherwood, Undergraduate Education & Alumni Relations

Cindy Sherwood, Undergraduate Education & Alumni Relations

cindy.sherwood@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 684-9671

Cindy Sherwood has been with the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences since 2009 and was hired just prior to the launch of the new interdisciplinary undergraduate neuroscience major. As Program Coordinator in DIBS Education, Cindy manages many aspects of the major such as course management, student, advising, and other initiatives such as Neurohumanities in Paris, and the Bass Connections 'Brain & Society' theme. Cindy brings with her 16 years of experience in higher education from Colgate University in NY, five years active duty in the USN, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from State University of New York, Binghamton. Cindy says her “claim to fame and very proud moment was receiving The Presidential Award from President Brodhead in 2012.”

Kisan Upadhaya, Information Technology User Support

Kisan Upadhaya, Information Technology User Support

kisan.upadhaya@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 684-1227

Kisan works as an IT specialist to support multiple departments at Duke, including the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Kisan began working at Duke as an information systems specialist for Duke University Medical Center, followed by an IT project manager position with Aramark Corporation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, Kisan graduated from Kathmandu's Trivhuban University.

Linda Watkins, Human Resources

Linda Watkins, Human Resources

Watkins2@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 681-0658

Linda Watkins is responsible for ensuring that the Institute's hiring is in compliance with Duke's human resources and payroll policies and procedures. She processes all new hires (postdoctoral fellows, associates in research, staff and undergraduate students) and any personnel changes, tracks how this affects grants, and is responsible for working with Duke Visa Services to secure visas for international researchers. Linda has worked with the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) since 2002 (and DIBS since 2011) and has 25 years of work experience at Duke. She attended East Tennessee State University.

Yimin Wei, Ph.D., Information Technology Strategy & Management

Yimin Wei, Ph.D., Information Technology Strategy & Management

yimin.wei@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 660-0489

Dr. Wei joined the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) as a computer project manager in 2001. Since then, he has provided help desk support, desktop support and server support for computer equipment and has also served as a liaison between end users and OIT and DHTS. Yimin serves as west campus team leader for the University Institutes and Centers Information Technology Support Group, which serves CCN, the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He was instrumental in helping the IT support transition for the institutes. Prior to CCN, Yimin was an application programming specialist for a Durham company. Yimin received his Ph.D. in Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Leonard E. White, Ph.D., DIBS Education

Leonard E. White, Ph.D., DIBS Education

len.white@duke.edu | Phone: (919) 613-5028

Dr. White has a faculty appointment in the Department of Community and Family Medicine, Physical Therapy Division and the Department of Neurobiology, and he is a senior fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. Dr. White received his Ph.D. in neural biology in 1992 from Washington University where he studied the functional anatomy of neural circuitry in the ‘limbic’ forebrain. He then came to Duke and received postdoctoral training in the Department of Neurobiology where he studied lateral asymmetry in the human sensorimotor system and the organization of neural circuits in the visual cortex for pattern and motion discrimination. Since joining the faculty, he has developed and delivered courses in foundational neuroscience, including basic neurophysiology, human neuroanatomy, and the organization and function of neural systems. He is co-author of a digital atlas of the human central nervous system and an author and editor of a leading textbook of neuroscience. Dr. White's research interests encompass the development of functional neural circuits in the cerebral cortex and the impact of sensory experience and neurological disease on brain structure and function. He joined DIBS in 2008 to facilitate the development and implementation of the educational mission.

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