Office of Research Team

The OoR Team members and role on the team

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Terry Magnuson, PhD; Vice Dean for Research

Terry is the Chair and Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Genetics.  His research interests are mammalian genetics, genomics, development and mouse models of human disease.  Magnuson website


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, PhD; Assistant Dean for Research

Blossom is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Her research focuses on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV).  Damania website



Robert Duronio, PhD; Assistant Dean for Research

Bob is a Professor of Biology and Director of the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology.  His research interests are genetics of cell cycle control and drosophila development.  Duronio website



Michael Topal, PhD; Assistant Dean for Core Facilities

Mike is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Faculty Director of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility.  His research interests are genomic instability in Cancer and molecular mechanisms of ataxia.  Core Facilities website


, MD; Associate Dean for Translational Research

Dave is the Andrews Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Division Chief of Allergy, Immunology, & Rheumatology; and Director of the Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology (CEMALB).  His research interests are air pollution, airway inflammation and allergic diseases.  Peden website.

Jean Cook

, Ph.D; Associate Dean for Graduate Education

Jean is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics. The focus of her research is the regulation of the mammalian cell cycle with a particular focus on a process known as DNA replication origin licensing. In 2013 she also was appointed Associate Dean for Graduate Education. Cook website. Office of Graduate Education website.


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Gene Bober, Assistant Dean for Planning

Gene is responsible for space management and construction programs at the School of Medicine.  He has been at the SOM Planning Office since 2002.  He works closely with Terry and the rest of the OoR team.  Bober website


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Chris Barker, Director of the Office of Translational Technology

Chris works on special projects involving many different aspects of biomedical research.  Chris received a PhD in Molecular Virology from UAB, where he cloned the first primate retrovirus. Since then his work in industry and academics has focused on setting up new facilities and technologies with the most recent area of focus being on high throughput genomics.  Chris joined the OoR team in 2012.


, Phd; Director of Industry Alliances

Joyce is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics, but her primary responsibilities concern her work on industry alliances.  She builds and develops partnerships and alliances with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. She held position in industry prior to joining UNC.  Her industry research led to the discovery and development of a therapeutic asthma vaccine program and contributed to the development of vaccines in cancer and neuroscience at Pfizer.  For more information on the SOM's industry alliances please go to the website.


, PhD;  Director of the Office of Research

Jennifer came to the Office of Research from the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences where she was Associate Director for Research from 2007-2013. She received her PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from Duke University studying organogenesis and sex determination.  Her postdoctoral work at UNC Chapel Hill was focused on the study of chromatin remodeling in development.


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Carol Herion; Business Services Coordinator for the Office of Research

Carol has been with the Office of Research since 2008.  She is a native Tar Heel who received her BA from UNC in 1976.