Office of Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience

Leonard E. White, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Education

Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience

(919) 613-5028

Prof. White facilitates the development and implementation of the educational mission at DIBS. Together, with Prof. Kevin LaBar, he co-directs the program for Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience. He has a faculty appointment in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, and in the Department of Neurobiology. He also is co-director of Bass Connections: Brain & Society and is associate director of integrative human biological sciences for the Duke Master of Biomedical Sciences. Contact Prof. White at for an appointment to discuss the neuroscience program and your short- and long-term plans for getting the most out of your experience in the brain science community at Duke.


Kevin LaBar, Ph.D.

Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience

(919) 681-0664

Dr. LaBar co-directs the program for Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience with Prof. Len White. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing faculty relations and curriculum development. Dr. LaBar holds a primary faculty appointment in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and in DIBS's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. He received his Ph.D. in neural science from New York University and completed postdoctoral studies at Yale University. He studies emotion-cognition interactions using human neuroimaging and psychophysiological methods.

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.


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 the theme administrator for Bass Connections Brain and Society.


Thomas Newpher, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of the Practice

(919) 613-5027

Dr. Newpher teaches and advises for Duke's Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience program and provides co-direction for the Summer Neuroscience Program of Research. His courses utilize a variety of team-based learning activities, which enhance critical thinking skills, foster collaboration among students, and create an engaging classroom experience. Dr. Newpher earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology from Case Western Reserve University. He then came to Duke to receive postdoctoral training in the neurobiology department, where his research focused on identifying key molecular mechanisms that underlie learning-related synaptic plasticity.


Minna Ng, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of the Practice, DIBS

Faculty Director, Washington Duke Scholars Program

(919) 684-2130

Dr. Ng advises and teaches in Duke's Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience program and serves as an academic dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke. 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.


Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of the Practice and Chief Operating Officer, DIBS

(919) 684-5187

Dr. Schramm-Sapyta is an assistant professor of the practice 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 the Bass Connections "Opiate Outreach" team help her work toward this goal. Another lifelong goal is to help young people find their calling in life. To this end,her work as an advisor to neuroscience majors and first-year students is immensely satisfying.

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