Admin Staff

Melissa Segal

Senior Business Manager
(919) 684-1568

Melissa manages the operations of Neurobiology, including finances, personnel, facilities, grants, human resources, and general administration. Immediately before coming to Neurobiology, she served as Associate Director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, and before that as...

Kathleen Boaté

Kathleen Boaté

Operations Coordinator
(919) 681-6425

Kathleen manages the operations and renovations of the Department's building and space. She also handles the administration for the Viral Vector Core. She changed careers after eight years as an Executive Director of Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities. She is a NC Licensed Assisted...

LaDonna Huseman

Director of Graduate Studies Assistant
(919) 681-4243

LaDonna coordinates the admissions process, assists students and faculty with course management and serves as a liaison between the graduate school and students. Prior to joining Duke, she worked in research administration at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jennifer Kornbluth

Program and Communications Coordinator
919-681-6901

Jennifer coordinates the Neurobiology seminar program, including the Broad seminars. She also manages the website and other communications needs for the department. She worked as an Environmental Scientist, providing outreach and regulatory support to the EPA for 13 years before coming to...

Darla Wherry

HR Admin
(919) 684-8981

Darla is responsible for the day-to-day management of personnel activities for the department in addition to payroll and Faculty recruitment. She has worked at Duke for three years, first as a Lead Staff Assistant in the Cornea Division at the Duke Eye Center, and more recently as an HR...

Dawn Williams

Grants and Contracts Administrator
919-684-2175

Dawn manages the pre-award and post-award portfolios for Neurobiology. Prior to joining Duke in 2017, she worked in Boulder, CO at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the National Ecological Observatory Network and has over 13 years of experience in research administration....