Staff helping prepare meals
DIBS staff joined other volunteers to prepare and deliver lunches for Durham’s Meals on Wheels program, one of several community-service activities during 2018-2019.

Andrew Ballard

Andrew Ballard, Computer Technician III


Andrew Ballard assists in the support of computer software and hardware used by DIBS and CCN. He is responsible for the installation, diagnosis, repair and maintenance of all components in the DIBS computer network. Before coming to DIBS, Andrew worked as a clinical technician for Point of Care Testing in the Duke University Health System.

Colleen Bauer

Colleen Bauer, Program Coordinator


Colleen Bauer supports the Cognitive Neuroscience Acceptance Program (CNAP) through recruiting, onboarding and administrative program support and serves as Program Coordinator for a variety of DIBS events, including graduate student activities. She has over 10 years of experience in education administration from Juniata College, Harvard Business School and Middlesex School.

Robin Knott

Robin Knott, Financial Analyst


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.

Shuntoya Lee

Shuntoya Lee, Assistant Director for Administration


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.

Tyler Lee

Tyler Lee, Summer Neuroscience Program & Bass Connections Brain and Society Theme


Tyler Lee helps manage the Summer Neuroscience Program (SNP) at Duke. She also administers the Bass Connections Brain and Society Theme, working with team members and their projects.

Diane Masters

Diane Masters, Grants and Contracts Manager


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.

Edward McLaurin III

Edward McLaurin III, Information Technology User Support


Edward provides desktop and AV support to DIBS. He first started working at Duke in research but decided to transition to IT. He hopes to use his experience as a former researcher to provide a unique source of knowledge regarding security and compliance to the researchers of DIBS. Edward earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Andrew Michael, Ph.D.

Andrew Michael, Ph.D., Director of Analytics and Informatics


Dr. Michael supports Duke research groups in study design, quality control, pre- and post-processing, and analyzing brain data through both conventional statistical methods and machine learning protocols. He is an electrical engineer with a Ph.D. in Imaging Science from the Chester F. Carlson Center at Rochester Institute of Technology. Before joining Duke, Dr. Michael was an assistant professor and director of the brain imaging laboratory at Geisinger Health System.

Katharine Neal

Katharine Neal, Director of Communications


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.

Thomas Mark Newpher

Thomas Mark Newpher, Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences


Dr. Newpher teaches and advises for Duke's Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience program and directs the Summer Neuroscience Program. He earned his PhD in molecular biology from Case Western Reserve University. He then came to Duke for postdoctoral training in the Neurobiology Department, where his research focused on identifying key molecular mechanisms that underlie learning-related synaptic plasticity.

Trina Rodriguez

Trina Rodriguez, Program Coordinator


Trina Rodriguez works closely with research centers and programs for DIBS, such as the Center on Addiction and Behavior Change, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Neuroimmunology & Glia Group. She has worked in academia for more than 20 years at Duke University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Jill A. Watkins

Jill A. Watkins, Human Resources Manager


Jill manages and coordinates all hiring, termination and HR issues within DIBS. She also manages all job classifications/reclassifications, performance management, compensation, and complex payroll duties for DIBS and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. Jill has over 13 years of Duke HR experience, with 12 years managing HR within the Duke Health System.

Yimin Wei, Ph.D.

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


Dr. Wei provides help desk support, desktop support and server support for DIBS and has also served as a liaison between end users and the Office of Information Technology and Duke Health System Technology Services. Dr. Wei received his PhD in Engineering from N.C. State University.