Program Administrators

Letisha Wyatt smiling

Letisha Wyatt, Ph.D. is the Co-Director of the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research, an Assistant Professor of Neurology, and the Director of Diversity in Research in the OHSU Research and Innovation Office. She currently oversees the development and implementation of training programs for scientists from historically minoritized and underserved backgrounds. She is a former bench neuropharmacologist with a strong record of mentorship in the laboratory and classroom. Dr. Wyatt has also served as faculty in the OHSU Library and the Center for Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR), working together with researchers to support open science practices and data stewardship needs. Read more about Letisha’s role on her personal website and view her work on ORCID

Angela Ozburn

Angela Ozburn, Ph.D., is a Native American neuroscientist and the Co-Director of the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research. As a first generation college student, she found support in structured mentoring and research experiences that were pivotal for advancement in her academic research career. She now dedicates a significant portion of her time to training underrepresented individuals to become the next generation of scientists and physicians. Dr. Ozburn earned a PhD in Neuroscience (2009) from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ozburn is a member of the NIH-funded Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism-Neuroimmune Consortium, where her lab collaborates with others in the consortium to use novel approaches in bioinformatics to identify and test therapeutic compounds that oppose drug-induced molecular signatures. Her VA-funded project focuses on identifying the brain circuitry and neural substrates involved in binge-like alcohol drinking. Visit Dr. Ozburn’s website to learn more about her research. 

Andre Walcott, OHSU Postbac

André Walcott Ph.D. is the Program Manager for the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research program and Program Coordinator for the OHSU Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). As a first-generation student, he obtained his B.A. from Bowdoin College and his Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from OHSU in 2019. His research focused on the interaction between social relationships and alcohol use disorder in a prairie vole rodent model. Following his Ph.D., Dr. Walcott decided he wanted to commit to a career in higher education administration; therefore, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at OHSU’s Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) Center in program management. Dr. Walcott is passionate about professional and career development and making the sciences a more inclusive and equitable place, especially for individuals from historically excluded groups. 

Founders and Funder

Dr. Damien Fair, co-founder of OFDIR

Co-Founder: Damien Fair, PA-C, PhD

Dr. Fair is the Co-Director of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MiDB) at the University of Minnesota.  He obtained his BA from Augustana College and his PhD in Neuroscience from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis under the primary guidance of Dr. Bradley Schlaggar and Dr. Steven Petersen. Dr. Fair completed postdoctoral training at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) with Dr. Joel Nigg and Dr. Bonnie Nagel. He spent over 10 years at OHSU as a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts as well as the principal investigator of the Developmental Cognition and Neuroimaging (DCAN) Labs. He co-founded OFDIR in 2014 along with Dr. Marguerite Matthews and now serves OFDIR as an external advisory committee member. 

Dr. Marguerite Matthews, co-founder of OFDIR
Co-Founder: Marguerite Matthews, PhD
Dr. Matthews is a health program specialist in the Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). As a program specialist, Dr. Matthews supports NINDS diversity initiatives and programs that provide neuroscience research training and career development for underrepresented students and early career investigators. Dr. Matthews received her BS in biochemistry from Spelman College and her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh under the mentorship of Dr. Bita Moghaddam. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Dr. Damien Fair at the Oregon Health & Science University, where she also served as program director for the Youth Engaged in Science (YES!) outreach initiative co-founded the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research Program with Dr. Damien Fair. 
 
Dr. Peter Barr-Gillespie, funder of OFDIR

Funder: Peter Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D.  
Dr. Barr-Gillespie is the Chief Research Officer at OHSU and leads the Research and Innovation office. His office funds the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research. Peter advocates for racial justice and equity within OHSU and was formerly an advisory committee member.