Meet the ASIST Team


J.L. Ariansen, Director

Phone: (919) 681-2683     Email:

Jenny Ariansen received a MS in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. Following graduate school, Jenny’s research interests expanded to work focused on pediatric and maternal HIV clinical trials. Working as a research scientist and project manager at multiple organizations has stimulated many important questions regarding research ethics. However, it was not until joining the ASIST team in 2017 that Jenny could put their work in science facilitation into active service for research ethics. As the Director for the ASIST group, Jenny’s primary interest is finding novel methods for providing ethics-based research support services for investigators, students and staff in their everyday research. More specifically, Jenny is focused on bringing the conceptual components of research ethics into practical service for researchers at Duke by providing consultation, data management solutions and trainings in responsible conduct of research. Outside of work, Jenny enjoys long walks on the beach, motorcycle riding and repair and hiking the Eno river trails.


Rebecca Beerman, Scientific Integrity Associate

Phone: (919) 681-1963     Email:

Rebecca Beerman received her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.  In 2011 Rebecca came to Duke as a postdoctoral associate in the department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, studying calcium signaling in immune cells, using the zebrafish-Mycobacteria marinum host-pathogen model system.  In carrying out those studies, she also developed an interest in the process of scientific research and how to communicate that acquired experiential knowledge to others, through mentorship, protocol development and data management.  

In 2017, she joined the newly established research support program – ASIST, Advancing Scientific Integrity, Services, and Training as a Scientific Integrity Associate. She is interested in providing consultation and support for research teams on data management practices and more broadly on how to communicate and apply those practices within research teams. 


Emilia Chiscop-Head, Scientific Integrity Associate

Phone: (919) 684-6395     Email:

Emilia Chiscop-Head, Ph.D. is a scientific integrity associate, journalist and a book author with an eclectic background and graduate degrees in Bioethics, International Development Policy, Business Administration and History. Her first book - News Press in Iasi. 1890-1910, Junimea Iasi, 2018 – is the published version of her Ph.D. dissertation - defended at the Romanian Academy of Science in 2015.  Her most recent book, In Search of Authenticity. Revelations and Portraits from the City of Active Meditation, Junimea Iasi, 2019, includes interviews with reputed Romanian intellectuals. 

Emilia Chiscop-Head is a graduate of Duke University’s Master of International Development Policy Program, preceded by a master’s degree in Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University as a Fogarty International Center fellow. Before moving to the United States, Emilia had an internationally awarded career in journalism, in her native country, Romania.

Before she joined ASIST, Emilia Chiscop-Head was the Senior Manager for Education of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and the Manager of the Huang Fellows Program where she was highly involved in curriculum design, implementation and teaching. Emilia is honored to bring her interdisciplinary background and passion to serve OSI’s mission of supporting a culture of scientific integrity at Duke, beyond norms and regulatory compliance.

Kindra King, Scientific Integrity Associate

Phone: (919) 681-1708     Email:

Kindra King earned her PhD from the University Program for Genetics and Genomics at Duke University in 2012.  After graduating, she worked as a medical writer for clients in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, developing learning systems that described a wide range of disease states and their associated treatment options.  From this work, Kindra became interested in how best to communicate complex science clearly and succinctly to people with different educational backgrounds and points of view.  In 2018, Kindra joined the ASIST team where she works to support research integrity by fostering initiatives that improve clear communication and greater transparency in the scientific community.