Diversity and Inclusion in Neurobiology

Key components to our success

Duke Neurobiology fosters the pursuit of diverse, cutting-edge ideas by actively recruiting women and underrepresented minorities, including people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community and persons with disabilities. We continue to build diversity in the Neurobiology Graduate Training Program and hope our efforts will encourage more people with diverse backgrounds to consider obtaining doctorates in biomedical science. Within the collaborative neuroscience community at Duke University, we practice inclusiveness and encourage mentorship opportunities for our students, postdocs, staff and faculty to advance their knowledge and success. 

We recognize that our community comes with diverse perspectives, and we respect all of our differences. We are committed to ensuring that members of the community act respectfully to each other and help maintain our safe, welcoming environment. We are committed “to justice, not discrimination; to civil protest, not violence; to authentic dialogue, not rhetoric; and to empathy, not hatred” (Vincent Price, President of Duke).

We strive to provide a safe, welcoming environment to learn, work and excel, and we invite feedback and conversations to continually improve our diversity, equity, and inclusion. We offer Community Conversations on a regular basis as one way to maintain our department's commitment to authentic dialogue.

Questions? Email neurobio_diversity_inclusion@duke.edu or any member of the Neurobiology Diversity and Inclusion Team, listed below.

Strategic Plan

Neurobiology Diversity and Inclusion Team

Trevor Alston, Student

Aki Min, Student
Ludovica Bachschmid Romano, Postdoc Thomas Nguyen, Student
Stuart Behling, Student Laura Rupprecht, Postdoc
Robin Blazing, Student  
Sasha Burwell, Student Meredith Schmehl, Student 
Madeline Clark, Student  
Marie Cronin, Student

Dierdre Shipman, Staff

Anita Disney, Faculty, General Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion Leader

Katherine Thanyamongkhonsawat, Student
Shataakshi Dube, Student Marios Tringides, Student
Shuyang Jin, Student  
Joshua Jones Macopson, Student Rebecca Yang, Faculty
Juliane Krueger, Postdoc Michael Young, Student
Jennifer Li, Student Samantha Zarnick, Staff

Diversity and Inclusion at Duke University

The Duke University Office of Graduate Student Affairs (GSA) and the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advancement, and Leadership in the Sciences​ (IDEALS) Office for the School of Medicine work together to coordinate, supplement and expand the recruiting efforts of all Duke graduate departments and programs. Duke faculty and staff travel across the country to actively seek and recruit talented students from underrepresented groups.

Each year, the Duke University Graduate School awards approximately 35 Dean's Graduate Fellowships to the strongest students from underrepresented groups. The fellowship provides a 12-month stipend during the first two years of study and a $5,500 summer stipend or stipend supplement in the third and fourth years of study.  

Through increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, Duke strives to create a welcoming work environment where every student and employee is guaranteed equal opportunities to prosper. We believe that diversity is a critical contributor to innovation.


Duke University School of Medicine: Charting the Path Towards Inclusive Excellence

Diversity and Inclusion Resources