DIBS Administration

Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

(919) 684-5187

Dr. Schramm-Sapyta earned her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from N.C. State University and her doctoral degree in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University.  She has a long-standing interest in the neurobiology of drug addiction, using rodent models to investigate adolescent vulnerability to addiction. Her scientific expertise in this area supports her professional interests in bringing together the insight from basic scientists and clinical practitioners to inform public policy and education about the brain sciences in general.  She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.  Prior to serving as the DIBS Chief Operating Officer, she was Assistant Director of the Addiction Division, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Director, Bass Connections Brain and Society Theme. 


Leonard E. White, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Education

Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience

(919) 613-5028

Dr. White facilitates the development and implementation of the educational mission at DIBS. He has a faculty appointment in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 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 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. 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.


Shuntoya Lee

Assistant Director for Administration

(919) 613-5012

Shuntoya Lee manages finance and operations for DIBS. She 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. Before coming to DIBS, Shuntoya served as the assistant director of operations and recruiting for Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in the Career Management Center. 


Cindy Clements

Undergraduate Education & Alumni Relations

(919) 684-9671

Coordinating undergraduate neuroscience education and alumni relations, Cindy Sherwood manages many aspects of the neuroscience major such as course management, student, advising, and other initiatives such as Neurohumanities in Paris. Cindy brings with her many years of experience in higher education from Colgate University in NY.


Robin Knott

Financial Analyst

(919) 684-1226

Robin provides financial and accounting support for the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, including the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She is DIBS’ Buy@Duke representative and also provides financial analysis and statistical reporting for the Institute.


Tyler Lee

Undergraduate Student Services

(919) 613-5025

Tyler Lee provides undergraduate student services for DIBS' Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience. She is responsible for coordinating independent studies and graduation with distinction applications, as well as assisting in Summer Neuroscience Program (SNP) at Duke. She is also the primary point of contact for all current and prospective neuroscience undergraduates. In addition to assisting in the neuroscience major, she is Brain and Society's theme administrator for Bass Connections.


Diane Masters

Research Development

(919) 681-9554

Diane Masters is the lead grants administrator for the 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.


Ed McLaurin

Information Technology User Support

(919) 613-5000

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Kathy Neal

Public Relations

(919) 613-5014

Kathy is an accredited public relations professional with extensive experience working with health, science and public policy researchers to communicate their work to key audiences. She has done so at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and Stanford University, her alma mater. At DIBS, she manages communications activities, including publicity and the website. She is a native of Durham, the eldest daughter of two Yankees who met at Duke and stayed.


Tanya Schreiber

Graduate Education & Event Planning

(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.


Lynnette Thacker

Grants & Contracts

(919) 681-9713

Lynnette Thacker is the post-award grants administrator for DIBS and its constituent centers. She administers the post-award portfolios for DIBS and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.


Kisan Upadhaya

Information Technology Systems Support 

(919) 613-5000

Kisan Upadhaya provides information technology user support to DIBS. 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.


Yimin Wei, Ph.D.

Information Technology Strategy & Management

(919) 613-5000

Dr. Wei provides help desk support, desktop support and server support for DIBS and has also served as a liaison between end users and OIT and DHTS. Dr. Wei received his Ph.D. in Engineering from North Carolina State University. 



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