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Office of Research Organizational Chart


James Blanchard

Executive Director, Comparative Medicine Program
(985) 871-6285

Along with Georgina Dobek, Jim and the Department of Comparative Medicine are responsible for oversight and management of the Vivaria on uptown and downtown campuses.


John Christie

John Christie

Executive Director, Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Development
(504) 988-6962

John is responsible for the overall management, supervision, and planning of activities within the office, including the patenting, marketing and licensing of all university technology. John oversees the development and implementation of programs to create a comprehensive inventory of Tulane's intellectual property, identify promising technological developments, and foster industry-sponsored research liaisons.


Georgina Dobek

Georgina Dobek

Director, Department of Comparative Medicine
(504) 988-5211

Georgina oversees the laboratory animal care facilities on the uptown and downtown campuses, and serves as the Attending Veterinarian for the Tulane University IACUC. She is responsible for veterinary and technical support of the research activities at Tulane University and institutional compliance with animal welfare regulations, standards, and policies.


Sheila Garrison

Director, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
(504) 988-6868

Sheila works together with the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committees on both the New Orleans Campus and the TNPRC campus to ensure the humane care and use of animals in research in a manner compliant with government guidelines and regulations. The objective of the committees and the IACUC office staff is to provide assistance to investigators with the submission, planning and conducting of animal protocols in accordance with the highest scientific, humane and ethical principles.


Roxanne Johnson

Director, Human Research Protection Program
(504) 988-2665

Rox is charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human research participants. The HRPO works together with the Institutional Review Boards (IRB) to ensure that Tulane University is compliant in its efforts to protect the safety and well-being of human research participants according to federal guidelines and regulations, guaranteeing that all research activities are compliant with regulation and responsive to good research practices.


Kathleen Kozar

Director, Sponsored Projects Administration
(504) 988-5207

Kathy assists faculty in identifying sponsors for research support, provides advice on proposal development, assists in preparing proposal budgets, serves as the Authorized Organizational Representative for both paper and electronic proposal submissions, and develops and implements policies involving the financial and administrative aspects of sponsored projects.


Anne-Marie Job

Director, Office or Research Proposal Development
(504) 988-3290



Angela Birnbaum

Director, Office of Biosafety
(504) 988-0300

Angie works together with the Institutional Biosafety Committee to ensure the safety of personnel and facilities engaged in research involving biological materials at Tulane University. The objective of the Office of Biosafety is to minimize the health risk to those involved in research utilizing recombinant DNA, infectious agents, and biological toxins, and in turn to protect the greater Tulane University community, the general public, and the environment.


Brian J. Weimer

Brian J. Weimer

Director, University Research Compliance Office
(504) 988-1147

Brian oversees and ensures research compliance with regulations and university policies applicable to the use of human subjects in research, animal use, research misconduct, biological safety, pre-award grants administration, HIPAA compliance in research, and export controls for research projects. In this capacity, Brian ensures that all research conducted at the university adheres to the applicable government regulations and accreditation standards.


Administrative Support:


Loula Burton

Loula Burton

Senior Program Coordinator
(504) 988-3295

Loula handles special projects for Dr. Levy and the Office of Research, including editing and proofreading of manuscripts and grant proposals, website maintenance, administrative aid for the University Senate, and the annual Health Sciences Research Days.


Gail Louis

Gail Louis

Assistant Vice President for Research
(504) 988-7947

Gail Louis serves as Assistant Vice President for Research, with more than 15 years of experience as an investigator and research administrator at Tulane. Gail provides budget management for the Office of Research, planning and support for a wide variety of projects, and administrative support for the Health Sciences Leadership Council. She is a member of the Biomedical Institutional Review Board (IRB) and a representative of the Office of Research on the compliance auditing team. Gail represents the office at appropriate meetings and conferences within and outside Tulane, and provides support for faculty nominations to scholarly societies, internal funding competitions and other activities related to faculty development. She also works with the Vice President of Research to prepare grant proposals, white papers and other reports developed by the office.


Maria O'Leary

Maria O'Leary

Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Research
(504) 988-3291

Maria provides administrative assistance to the Vice President for Research, including scheduling and travel arrangements. She handles incoming calls and mail, purchasing for the office, and maintains financial and other files.


Tim Trepagnier

Tim Trepagnier

Audio-Video Specialist
(504) 988-3552

Tim Trepagnier provides administrative support for audiovisual hardware and software for research-related activities.Audiovisual services are offered at no charge on a first-come first-served basis and include videoconferencing, teleconferencing, and webinars for research investigators.Tim also schedules several meeting rooms in the J. Bennett Johnston (JBJ) building on the Downtown Campus, including the Multi-Media Resource Room (Room 504 – with space for up to 40 participants), a smaller room for videoconferencing (Room 574 – with space for up to 10 participants), as well as the TU Conference Room (Room 111A) and the adjacent Atrium, on the first floor of the JBJ.