In her new role as a research project manager, Leah Bouk is taking on additional responsibilities within both the Duke CTSI and its Translational Population Health Research (TransPop) group. She is now taking on organizational management, strategic, and regulatory oversight duties for research conducted through the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).
Along with her team, Leah works with study teams to determine which CTSI is the best fit for the study. She also makes sure teams are staying on top of training and IRB expiration dates and helps answer any questions as researchers go through the study lifecycle. Currently, her biggest initiatives are getting studies uploaded and migrated to iMedris, OnCore, and EGRC, and preparing to audit studies currently in the CTSI.
“Compared to my previous positions, responsibilities in my new role are more broad and widespread,” Leah said. “My goal is to make sure that CTSI feels connected to the larger Duke community, and that no one feels left out or that they don’t have all of the information they need.”
Leah has been with the TransPop team in Kannapolis for years, coming onboard as a study coordinator. She came to Duke from the private sector, and what attracted her to academic sector were the unique learning opportunities and resources.
“When I heard about the research campus, it sounded like a wonderland,” Leah said. “We have access to world-class researchers who are doing meaningful work. I feel privileged to work in this space.”
Along with the incomparable work experience, the culture of the CTSI’s TransPop office is something that stood out to Leah. Leah thinks that’s due to everyone on staff genuinely caring about their participants and each other. Leah counts herself lucky to gain so much fulfillment from the work she does.
“I’ve always been told, if you do what you love, everything else will fall into place,” Leah said. “Everybody who visits us says they love coming down here to Kannapolis. We like what we do, and it shows.”