About Institute Team

Justine
Allen
Program Manager of the NeuroNex Bioluminescent Technology Hub

Justine joined BIBS in the Summer of 2017. To prepare for this role, she earned a PhD in Neuroscience and completed postdoctoral research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, both at Brown University. She also served Brown as the Training Grant Manager in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Justine leads efforts to execute the innovation, dissemination, and education goals of this NeuroNex cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. She provides scientific direction and maintenance of the hub's website and database, coordinates the activities of program workshops, symposia, and emissaries, and develops curricula for education outreach activities at the elementary, high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels.

R. John
Davenport
Managing Director

John Davenport came to Brown in 2005 as associate director of the Brain Science Program, seeing the Program through its evolution into an Institute in 2009. He was appointed Managing Director in January 2017. John is responsible for supervising day-to-day operations of the Institute, fostering collaborative research, and overseeing strategic planning and communications. He is responsible for overall management of BIBS pilot funding, graduate awards, and other programs.

Kathleen
Gerlach
Institute Manager

Kathy Gerlach has served as the Institute Manager since 2010, after working as a financial coordinator in the Department of Neuroscience. Kathy is responsible for financial management of the Institute, including grant, gift and endowment management. She also manages BIBS staff and handles all BIBS HR issues. Kathy also provides logistical support to faculty teams for submission of multi-departmental and multidisciplinary grant proposal submissions.

Mary
Lavoie
Administrative Coordinator, COBRE and MRI Research Facility

Mary came to BIBS in 2015 and has worked in the Department of Neuroscience and the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry. Mary provides administrative support to the COBRE Center for Nervous System Function, including scheduling COBRE meetings, coordinating COBRE-related travel, and tracking expenditures. She also handles billing for the MRI facility and handles requests for approval of new projects. In addition, she provides general support for activities in BIBS and its associated centers.

Diane
Lipscombe
Director

Diane Lipscombe was appointed Institute Director in May 2016, after serving as interim director since January 2015. She has been on the Brown faculty since 1990, and formerly served as the co-director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program. As Director, she guides the scientific vision of the Institute and advocates for BIBS and its researchers. Diane works with members of the Brown senior administration as well as leaders of other initiatives on campus. She also represents BIBS nationally and internationally, and raises private philanthropy to support BIBS activities.

Christopher
Moore
Associate Director

Christopher Moore was appointed Associate Director of BIBS in May 2017. He was recruited to Brown in 2011 through a BIBS faculty line. Chris has contributed to the BIBS mission from the beginning of his time at Brown, including facilitating the launch of the Computation in Brain and Mind Initiative, representing BIBS at University events, and leading a number of collaborative projects. His appointment as Associate Director of BIBS formalizes his role in the Institute.

Deborah
Murphy
Administrative Assistant

Deb came to BIBS in 2012 from the Department of Psychiatry. Deb handles scheduling and calendars for the BIBS leadership team, as well as scheduling for BIBS events. She processes purchases and travel reimbursements. She also provides administrative support for a variety of BIBS events and activities.

Ines
Tomas Pereira
Research Development and Support Specialist

Ines came to the Institute in 2017. She tracks foundation and federal funding opportunities of interest to the BIBS community. She helps to assemble collaborative teams to pursue funding opportunities, and provides project management support for funded projects. She coordinates communications, including developing and updating content for the BIBS website, and coordinating stewardship of gifts. She also coordinates BIBS science events, such as the Bench to Bedside seminar series.