As Associate Dean for Research Training, Dr. Sullivan oversees the Office of Biomedical Graduate Education and coordinates activities with the Office for Postdoctoral Services. She provides leadership and broad strategic vision for all areas related to research training for biomedical Ph.D. students and postdoctoral appointees. She develops and implements new initiatives to enhance the quality and efficacy of the Ph.D. training process including development of best practices in core curriculum development, evaluation and assessment, and efforts to enhance career and professional development opportunities. Her duties include serving as a liaison to the Graduate School, directors of graduate studies, program directors, affiliated faculty, and trainees.
Dr. Sullivan obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Classics from Western Maryland College and earned her Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She completed postdoctoral training at the MRC Human Genetics Unit (Edinburgh, UK) and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She was recruited to Duke in 2005 as a faculty member of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and the former Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy. Her lab studies mechanisms of human genome stability in normal and disease states, with a focus on the genomics and epigenetics of the centromere.