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The Office of Research Communications conveys the value of research conducted at Carolina to the university community, the citizens of North Carolina, and interested and invested parties across the nation and world. The office provides communication services to the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) and its administrative units, supports the communication efforts of the OVCR’s centers and institutes, maintains resources for the Carolina research community on the UNC Research website, and publishes the award-winning Endeavors research magazine.


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Layla Dowdy


  • Develops communication strategies for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Leads ORC in the creation of content that promotes the value and impact of research at UNC

(919) 962-7765

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Darren Abrecht


  • WordPress administration for the UNC Research and Endeavors websites
  • Web production support
  • Online content strategy support

(919) 962-6137

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Carleigh Gabryel

Strategic Communications Manager

  • Content management and creation for the Inside Research and Carolina Investigator newsletters
  • Writing, editing and communications support for OVCR directors and research staff

(919) 445-0488

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Alyssa LaFaro

Content Manager

  • Senior editor, writer, videographer, and photographer for Endeavors
  • Social media content producer and strategist

(919) 962-6136

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Megan Mendenhall


  • Photographer, videographer and writer for UNC Research and Endeavors websites
  • Social media content producer

(919) 962-7765

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Corina Prassos

Graphic Designer

  • Designs print and digital collateral for UNC Research and Endeavors
  • Social media content designer

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Abigail Keller

Writing Intern

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Emmy Trivette

Multimedia Intern

Centers and Institutes Communicators

The Office of Research Communications works with a number of communicators embedded directly in their respective OVCR centers and institutes:

Melody Kramer

Director of Communications
Carolina Population Center & Carolina Demography

Kelly Weaver

Director of External Affairs & Communications
Center for Galapagos Studies

(919) 445-0763

Beverly Garcia

Managing Director
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

(919) 966-6088

Anna Schwab

Program Manager
Coastal Resilience Center

(919) 962-0344

Katherine Neer

Director of Communications & Marketing
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

Caroline Mozingo

Communications & Outreach Manager
Highway Safety Research Center

(919) 962-5835

Carol Shirley

Public Health Communications Specialist
Injury Prevention Research Center

Erin Hopper

Director for Programs & Grants
Institute for Convergent Science

(919) 966-3929

Emily Williams

Director of Communications
Institute for the Environment

(919) 962-0965

Suzanne Dane

Director of Communications
Nutrition Research Institute

Luna Vanaman

Integrated Marketing and Communications Manager
Odum Institute


Stephanie Suber

Director of Communications & Outreach
Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)

(919) 445-9640

Lindsay McCall

Program Coordinator
Sheps Center for Health Services Research

(919) 966-8628

Contact Us

Office of Research Communications

123 West Franklin St., Ste. 600B
Carolina Square – CB #4106
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4106


(919) 962-0130