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.

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.

Tyler Lee

Tyler Lee, Summer Neuroscience Program


Tyler Lee helps manage the undergraduate neuroscience major, including coordinating the Summer Neuroscience Program (SNP), at Duke. She is also a Program Coordinator for the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.

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.

Dana Ripperton

Dana Ripperton, Program Coord


Dana supports the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN), administers the Bass Connections Brain and Society Theme, and serves as Program Coordinator for a wide range of DIBS events. She has 15 years of experience in the education sector, working from Ukraine as a Peace Corps volunteer (teacher) to higher-education administration at both UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University.

Elizabeth Sturdivant

Elizabeth Sturdivant, Administrative Coord


Elizabeth is executive assistant for DIBS Director Geraldine Dawson and administrative coordinator for the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development. Prior to working at Duke, she spent several years working for Dr. Dawson at the autism advocacy organization Autism Speaks. Before that, she worked for a number of years as a middle and high school English and language arts teacher. Elizabeth obtained her Master’s degree from Fordham University in New York City and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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.