About the Office of Research


Office of Research Organizational Chart




James Blanchard

Executive Director, Comparative Medicine Program

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.

 DSC_9522John Christie

 Executive Director, Office of Technology Transfer and  Intellectual Property


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.

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 Georgina Dobek

 Director, Department of Comparative Medicine

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

Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The IACUC is federally mandated to ensure the humane care and use of animals in research in a manner compliant with government guidelines and regulations. In compliance with federal law, an IACUC has been established for each Tulane University campus. Guided by the goal of assuring humane care and use of animals used in research, Committees review new and continuing animal use protocols, inspect facilities and laboratories, and monitor veterinary care, training and occupational health and safety programs at Tulane University. The IACUC provides assistance to investigators with the planning and conducting of animal experiments in accordance with the highest scientific, humane and ethical principles.

TUshield3435Roxanne Johnson

Director, Human Research Protection Program

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. 

TUshield3435Kathleen Kozar

Director, Sponsored Projects Administration

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. 


Angela Birnbaum

Director, Office of Biosafety

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 weimer headshotBrian J. Weimer

Director, University Research Compliance Office

On behalf of the Vice President for Research, the University Research Compliance Office assists researchers in order to ensure compliance with regulations, university policies, and accreditation standards that are applicable to research activities, including 1) use of human and animal subjects in research, 2) biological safety, 3) pre-award grants administration, 4) export controls, 5) research misconduct, 6) responsible conduct of research training, 7) responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, 8) registering and posting research results in, and 90 use of controlled substances.

Administrative Support:

DSC_0308Loula Burton

Senior Program Coordinator

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.


DSC_0293Gail Louis

Assistant Vice President for Research

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.


DSC_0296Maria O'Leary

Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Research

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 TrepagnierTim Trepagnier

Audio-Video Specialist
(504) 988-3552

Tim Trepagnier provides administrative support for audiovisual hardware and software for research-related activities 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.


1440 Canal Street Suite, 2400, TW-5, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-3291