DIBS Administration

Allen Song, Ph.D.

Interim Director


(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.


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 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.


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


Craig Dane Roberts, Ph.D.

Learning Innovations and Global Programs


*On academic leave 2016-2017

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. Dr. Roberts holds a faculty appointment at DIBS. 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. 

Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, Ph.D.

Co-curricular Student Programs & Bass Connections


(919) 684-5187

Dr. Schramm-Sapyta is a visiting assistant professor in DIBS. She received 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


(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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