OK-INBRE Directors and Staff                                 

Darrin R. Akins, Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology 
Associate Vice Present for Health Sciences Research
Director, Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence
940 Stanton L Young BLVD, Room 1064
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
405.271.2133 x46640

Dr. Akins has been Principal Investigator of the Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (OK-INBRE) award since 2009. OK-INBRE is funded by the IDeA Program through NIGMS and its main goals are to: (i) improve statewide research infrastructure, (ii) enhance the number and diversity of students that go into biomedical research careers and health professions in Oklahoma, and (iii) increase the number of independently funded research faculty and physician faculty in Oklahoma. He has served on numerous ad hoc NIH grant review panels and has been a standing member for two different NIH study sections in the last 15 years.  He is currently a standing member of the NIGMS Advisory Council and he has served on multiple editorial boards. He was the Graduate College Assistant Dean in charge of directing all summer undergraduate research and training programs on the OUHSC campus from 2007-2012. He also served as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Medicine from 2012 to 2018 where worked at enhancing and promoting research and technology development in the College of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Akins serves as the Associate Director for Education and Training at the Stephenson Cancer Center.  He is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC).  His own infectious diseases research program was funded from 2000-2004 by a CoBRE award on the OUHSC campus that provided him the mentoring and resources needed to secure his first R01, which has now been continually funded since 2005 and the current award runs through 2022.

Bioinformatics Core Director

David Dyer,  Ph.D.
Microbial Pathogenesis and Microbial Genomics
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Biomedical Research Center, Room 1106B
975 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
405.271.1201  x1 

Proteomics Core Director
Michael Kinter, Ph.D.
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
825 NE 13th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104


Dawn Hammon
Grant Manager
940 Stanton L Young Blvd, BMSB 374
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
405.271.2133 x46613

Kristina Taylor
Program Manager
940 Stanton L Young Blvd, BMSB 374
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
405-271-2133 x 46614

Christopher Horton, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS)
Assistant Director, Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (SURP)
Graduate College, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
941 Stanton L Young Blvd, BSEB 123
Oklahoma City, OK  73104