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Georgina Dobek

Georgina Dobek, DVM

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.


Robert Dauchy, MS, CMAR, RLATG

Interim Director, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

(504) 988-6868



Roxanne R. Johnson, MSPH, CHRC

Director, Human Research Protection Office and Program

(504) 988-2665

Roxanne oversees the Human Research Protection Program, which is charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human research participants. Her office, the Human Research Protection Office (HRPO), works with the Institutional Review Boards (IRB) to assure that Tulane University is compliant with its efforts to protect the safety and well-being of human research participants in accordance with federal guidelines, regulations, and institutional policies. She ensures that all research activities are compliant with acceptable standards 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 Jacob Job, PhD

Director, Office for Research Proposal Development

(504) 988-3290

Dr. Anne-Marie Job (she/her/hers) serves as Director of Research Proposal Development at Tulane University. She draws from her own experience in biomedical research, scientific writing, and proposal development to assist faculty in the preparation and submission of complex federal grant proposals for large, multi-investigator research programs or centers, primarily in the areas of medicine, public health, engineering, and physical, biological, and social sciences. Dr. Job holds BSE, MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University.


Angela Birnbaum, MPH, RBP, CBSP, SM-NRCM, CHMM, PMP

Executive Director of Biosafety, Biocontainment Operations and Quality Assurance

(504) 988-0300 
(985) 871-6511 

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.  In addition, Angie also oversees the safety of biocontainment operations of the high containment facilities as well as quality assurance supporting rigor and reproducibility in research.


Brian J. Weimer

Brian J. Weimer, JD

Director, University Research Compliance Office

(504) 988-1147

As the University Research Compliance Officer (RCO), Brian and the RCO team members assist researchers and university review committees in ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, university policies, and accreditation standards that are applicable to research activities, including:

1. Research Integrity/Research Misconduct
2. Training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
3. Responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and public records requests
4. Export Controls
5. Undue foreign governmental influence compliance
6. Resolution of compliance matters and questions regarding Human Subjects Research, Animal Welfare, Institutional Biosafety Committee, and requirements of sponsoring agencies and entities
7. www.ClinicalTrials.gov compliance
8. Assistance with obtaining licenses for using Controlled Substances in research

Additionally, Brian holds an instructor appointment in the Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine.


Matt Koenig, JD

Executive Director, Office of Intellectual Property Management

(504) 988-6962

Matt’s role at Tulane is Executive Director of Intellectual Property Management (OIPM).   He and his OIPM team are responsible for overseeing material transfer, nondisclosure, and data use agreements within the Office of Research.  Matt is also responsible for developing and implementing the protection and licensing strategy for Tulane’s intellectual property portfolio within the Tulane University Innovation Institute.

Matt is a member of the Georgia State Bar, registered to practice with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and a certified licensing professional. Matt is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and AIPLA.  Matt earned his undergraduate degree in Cellular Biology from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky.


Gail Louis

Gail Louis

Assistant Vice President for Research

(504) 988-7947

Gail Louis serves as Assistant Vice President for Research, with more than 20 years of experience as an investigator and research administrator at Tulane. Gail provides planning and support for a wide variety of projects, and administrative support for the Health Sciences Leadership Council and the Tulane Research Council. She is an alternate for the Research Compliance Office for the Biomedical Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Social Behavioral IRB, and a representative of the Office of Research on the research compliance and research integrity teams. Gail represents the office at appropriate meetings and conferences within and outside Tulane. She provides support for internal funding competitions and other activities related to faculty development. Gail also works with the Vice President of Research to prepare grant proposals, white papers, and other reports developed by the office.


Melissa Bender

Executive Assistant

(504) 988-3291

Melissa Bender serves as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Research and has been at Tulane for 18 years.  Melissa provides administrative assistance to the vice president and other staff members in the Office of Research, as well as coordinating logistics for events, including the annual Research, Scholarship, and Artistic Achievement Awards.


Alan Clerk

Senior Department Administrator II 

(504) 988-5403

Alan Clerk received his BBA in Economics and Finance from Loyola University New Orleans and MBA from Tulane University. Alan serves as the Senior Department Administrator II in the Office of the Vice President for Research. He works in partnership with the Vice President for Research, Assistant Vice President for Research, and Unit Directors in the Office of Research to develop and oversee budgets and finances of all Office of Research units. He also coordinates and administers all Human Resources activities for the Office of Research units.