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  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Yvette is the Senior Coordinator for Radiation Safety Committees supporting and managing the committees required by regulation to oversee the safe use of radiation at Columbia University, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and affiliated facilities.  These include the Morningside Radiation Safety Committee, the Joint Radiation Safety Committee, the Radioactive Drug Research Committee, and a number of associated subcommittees.  She also manages the system of submission, review, and approval of research protocols involving radiation and human subjects, and maintains the records of personnel approved by the Joint Radiation Safety Committee to serve as clinical Authorized Users. 

  • Yolanda Ruiz is a Financial Analyst at the Clinical Trials Office. Yolanda provides investigators and their research teams financial accounts receivable services, including ARC account creation and changes, invoicing and reconciliation of industry-sponsored clinical trials at Columbia University Medical Center.

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  • Wendy Lora is a Pharmacy Technician. She signs out and delivers study medication and conducts site qualification visits and interim monitoring visits in addition to managing drug inventory and pharmacy supplies ordering.

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    Vincent oversees the University’s laboratory waste management program across all campuses and University-affiliate sites, working with University stakeholders, service contractors and EH&S colleagues facilitate the delivery of timely, complaint and safety-focused  hazardous materials services throughout our expansive research enterprise. He maintains a client-focused approach, assessing laboratory safety and waste management practices and developing creative, sustainable and compliant solutions that meet the operational needs of research personnel and ensure effective and efficient implementation of biological, chemical and radiation waste management standards.

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  • Victoria Hamilton created and directs the Office of Research Initiatives at Columbia University, reporting to the Executive Vice President for Research. This Office works across disciplines, schools, and campuses to foster interdisciplinary research collaboration, particularly among scientists, engineers, and medical researchers. The Office supports efforts to secure external funding for such collaborations, and administers a seed fund for very early-stage research that falls outside the traditional boundaries. The Office also focuses on helping plan and build research infrastructure, such as the Shared Research Computing Facility and the Columbia Nano Initiative facilities.

    Prior to joining Columbia in January 2007, Ms. Hamilton was a principal of The Washington Advisory Group, consulting with both industry and non-profits on the intersection of scientific and technical research and commerce (1999 to 2006). Previously, she was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of General American Investors, a NYSE-listed closed end investment fund (1992-1998), and for ten years a senior member in SRK Management Company, a private venture capital firm (1982-1992). Ms. Hamilton holds a BA and an MBA from Harvard University.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    As Associate Health Physicist, Tri reports to the Associate Manager for Clinical Radiation Safety Programs, and is responsible for routine health physics functions and duties relating to the implementation of radiation safety programs and the Environmental Health and Safety departmental mission. He provides radiological and related support services to a variety of local and off-site Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital facilities. 

  • Sydney Silverman is a Research Pharmacy Transport Coordinator. She signs out and delivers study medication and conducts site qualification visits and interim monitoring visits in addition to managing drug inventory and pharmacy supplies ordering.

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    Susan is the Finance Manager for the Executive Vice President of Research overseeing all Central Finances and Reporting relating to the 9 EVPR units.

    Biography

    As a 10 year veteran of Columbia University, Susan served as Contract control specialist in the Department of Sponsored Projects Administration (formerly known as OPG) where she was responsible for the Data entry of awarded information into the grants management system for account creation and account Modifications. She was also responsible for post data entry, review and reconciliation of the information and attributes fed from the grants management system to the University financial system to ensure both systems were synchronized.  Susan also served as the Financial Assistant in the Department of Dermatology, as well as the Financial Coordinator for Columbia’s Biomedical Informatics Department.  In both capacities, she was responsible for review of financial activities such as reconciling grant and departmental accounts against the university financial systems, liaison between the IRB, IACUC and SPA for departmental requests and completion of such requests. In addition to but not limited to maintenance/execution of subcontract and consulting agreements and assist with the submission of grant proposals.  

    Mrs. Richards earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Business Management from Delaware State University in Dover, DE.  A native of Brooklyn, NY, Susan likes to learn new concepts to excel at her position at Columbia University, read, and spend time with family.

  • Steve is the Graduate Fellow within the Office of Research Initiatives, and a Master of International Affairs candidate at Columbia's School for International and Public Affairs, wherein he is studying International Finance and Economic Policy. Steve received his B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University. Prior to his role within the Office of Research Initiatives, Steve worked in mathematics education, small business operations, and private finance. He is a semi-professional musician, and is originally from New Jersey.

  • Stephanie is responsible for educating and updating the Columbia University community on policies and procedures impacting the day to day management of proposals and awards. She has over twenty years' experience in all aspects of pre-award sponsored projects administration, and has led many special projects involving the implementation and change management of major policies and systems. Stephanie has conducted many training initiatives on complex topics such as the Uniform Guidance, federal public access policies, and the Fly America Act. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Subawards Subcommittee, and a member of NCURA's Professional Development Committee (PDC) responsible for the development of their online programming.  She holds a Master's Degree in Epidemiology and is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA).

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    As the Safety Advisor II, Stavros proactively builds relationships with University and affiliate research personnel to facilitate the delivery of high-quality safety services and guidance across a broad range of disciplines throughout our expansive research enterprise at multiple campuses. He maintains a client-focused approach, assessing research safety procedures and practices and developing creative, sustainable and compliant solutions that meet the operational needs of research personnel and are consistent with University standards and best practices. Through collaborations with EH&S colleagues and various University stakeholders and affiliates, he has ensured effective and efficient implementation and management of biological, chemical and radiation safety program elements in alignment with the Research Safety Program Strategic Plan.

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  • Stacy Lynn Siegel, JD, is a Senior Contract Specialist with the Clinical Trials Office. She negotiates and finalizes an array of research related agreements on behalf of the research community at P&S. Stacy also advises faculty and staff on applicable laws and institutional policies governing human subjects research.

  • Shiny Kunjukutty is a Budget Analyst with the Clinical Trials Office. She is responsible for determining financial feasibility and negotiating directly with pharmaceutical companies to ensure compliance with University policies and procedures.

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    Shawna Benston is the Assistant Director for Research Compliance Education. Her work focuses on creating educational programs on research compliance and research ethics for the Columbia research community, including faculty and staff, students, and post-doctoral research fellows.

    Biography

    Before joining the Office of Research Compliance and Training, Ms. Benston was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University's Center for Excellence in ELSI Research, where she focused on the ethical and policy implications of gene-editing technologies. She has a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a Masters of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. Her scholarship has utilized case law and bioethical reasoning to explore dilemmas of patient agency at the beginning and end of life. She has taught courses on narrative medicine, bioethics mediation, and end-of-life ethics at the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics Summer Institute.

  • Seretha Houston is a Senior Accountant at the Clinical Trials Office. Seretha provides allocation services for industry-sponsored clinical trial projects, which includes lockbox reconciliation and closeout transfers at Columbia University Medical Center.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Health Physicist, Samuel, is responsible for health physics functions and duties relating to the implementation of radiation safety programs and the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) departmental mission. He has provided radiological and related support services to research laboratories on a variety of Columbia University campuses.

  • Ruth Gutierrez is the Research Applications Analyst at the Clinical Trials Office. Ruth provides application support to the Columbia University Medical Center community. She is also involved in the application configuration, data management, and quality assurance of CTO applications, including StudyManager.

  • Dr. Odeh-Ramadan is the Vice President for Research Administration at Columbia University. She oversees the Sponsored Projects Administration Office, Research Pharmacy and the Clinical Trials Office.

  • Rose Lulgiuraj is a Budget Analyst with the Clinical Trials Office. She is responsible for determining financial feasibility and negotiating directly with pharmaceutical companies to ensure compliance with University policies and procedures.

  • As Health & Safety Specialist, Ritu works in collaboration with EH&S’ full team of health and safety professionals to proactively build relationships with University and University-affiliate research personnel to facilitate the delivery of high-quality occupational safety services and guidance. She performs chemical and physical hazard assessments, manages EH&S’s environmental monitoring equipment program, and leads efforts to reduce the hazards posed by existing and newly proposed tools and equipment used in the University’s expansive research operations. 

  • Rahel James is a Senior Budget Analyst with the Clinical Trials Office. She is responsible for determining financial feasibility and negotiating directly with pharmaceutical companies to ensure compliance with University policies and procedures.

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    As Safety Advisor, Princy works in collaboration with EH&S’ full team of health and safety professionals to proactively build relationships with University and University-affiliate research personnel to facilitate the delivery of high-quality safety services and guidance. She maintains a client-focused approach and promotes the safety of the University research community by assessing research procedures and practices, and developing creative, sustainable and compliant solutions that meet the operational needs of research personnel.

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  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Phylicia is the Systems Analyst II responsible for monitoring and supporting EH&S’s technology applications, ensuring the highest level of service is provided to the Columbia University research community. She is an integral part of the EH&S team to support and enhance software and hardware solutions to address the operational needs and requirements of the department. She excels at working in a team environment, and has developed relationships with internal staff, software vendors, and University affiliates to ensure effective and efficient implementation of new and existing technology-based environmental health and safety programs.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    The Chief Radiation Safety Officer/Executive Director provides innovative and strategic leadership and directs, leads, promotes and supports a comprehensive radiation safety program throughout Columbia University (CU) and affiliated institutions including the Cyclotron and Radiochemistry Lab, and the New York Presbyterian (NYP) facilities (NYP-Columbia University Medical Center, NYP-Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, NYP-Allen Hospital) (collectively, “Campuses”). The Chief collaborates with EH&S program directors and managers to promote best management practices on all Campuses and works directly with the Chairs of the Radiation Safety Committees to ensure that all activities are in compliance with pertinent local, state and federal regulations and applicable national and international standards of practice. 

    The Chief is responsible for recommending, developing, maintaining and promoting appropriate policies, procedures and programs and maintaining awareness of changes in the regulatory environment including proposed changes to laws, regulations and standards. He oversees the radiation safety training program for faculty, staff, and students who work with radioactive materials or radiation-producing equipment. The Chief applies best practices, including relevant controls (engineering/procedural/administrative) to maintain radiation exposures as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).

    Biography

    Dr. Caracappa has been a practicing health physicist for nearly 20 years, with more than a dozen of those as the radiation safety officer for broad and diverse programs.  Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Caracappa served as the Radiation Safety Officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with responsibility for oversight of at a 100 MeV electron accelerator facility and a low-power research reactor, in addition to a comprehensive research program.  He completed his Ph.D. at Rensselaer in 2006, and also became a member of the faculty in Nuclear Engineering, serving as the primary instructor for courses in Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics.  In 2014, he was named the Director of the Reactor Critical Facility, a low-power research and training reactor at RPI.

    He also remained engaged in diverse research activities, including computational dosimetry for medical physics applications and development of methods for nuclear reactor benchmark experiments.  He is responsible for significant contributions to the development of tools to improve the quantification, tracking, and management of radiation dose from Computed Tomography examination, one of the largest contributors to medical radiation exposure.  He has authored or co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed papers or proceedings and 100 conference presentation abstracts on a diverse set of topics.

    Dr. Caracappa currently holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Medical Physics Program at Columbia.  He has been certified in the comprehensive practice of health physics by the American Board of Health Physics since 2005.

    Following the nuclear accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi in March 2011, Dr. Caracappa appeared regularly in media coverage regarding the extent and impact of the radiological releases from the plant.  He was sought after because he demonstrated the ability to communicate the information available and its implications in a fair, level-headed, and understandable manner.  He appeared in the coverage of media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, AP, Reuters, NPR’s Morning Edition, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, and PBS NewsHour

    He was recognized by the American Nuclear Society for his contributions to the response to the Fukushima Accident.  In 2013 he was awarded the Elda E. Anderson Award from the Health Physics Society for contributions to the health physics as a young professional.

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    As Safety Advisor, Parinita works in collaboration with EH&S’ full team of health and safety professionals to proactively build relationships with University and University-affiliate research personnel to facilitate the delivery of high-quality safety services and guidance. She maintains a client-focused approach and promotes the safety of the University research community by assessing research procedures and practices, and developing creative, sustainable and compliant solutions that meet the operational needs of research personnel.

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    Pam is the Training and Special Projects Associate supporting the Training and Development Program and EH&S programs with various projects.

    Biography

    Before joining Columbia University, Pam had a long career in education, in which she taught math, science, and physical education. Pam served several professional associations in various volunteer leadership roles and volunteered as a support partner to special needs students. In addition, Pam also served as a coach and sports official.

    Education                

    • Manchester College, Bachelor of Science, 1984
    • Indiana Wesleyan University, Continuing Education
    • Indiana University, Continuing Education
    • Ball State University, Continuing Education
    • Valparaiso University, Continuing Education

    Interests

    Officiating volleyball and basketball, collecting Snoopy memorabilia, reading, and pets.

     

  • Nour Trabilsy, PharmD, is a Research Pharmacist. She provides essential investigational drug services to investigators and research personnel according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the applicable regulatory requirements of FDA and JCAHO. Investigational Drug Services include but are not limited to: dispensation, inventory management, communication with clinical team, communication with study sponsors, sterile compounding of hazardous and non-hazardous agents, creating study specific pharmacy guidelines, handling of on-call studies and conducting Site Initiation Visits (SIV), Close Out Visits (COV) and Monitor Visits (MV).

  • Nicholas J. Zanelli, PharmD, is a Research Pharmacist. He provides essential investigational drug services to investigators and research personnel according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the applicable regulatory requirements of FDA and JCAHO. Investigational Drug Services include but are not limited to: dispensation, inventory management, communication with clinical team, communication with study sponsors, sterile compounding of hazardous and non-hazardous agents, creating study specific pharmacy guidelines, handling of on-call studies and conducting Site Initiation Visits (SIV), Close Out Visits (COV) and Monitor Visits (MV).

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Natasha is the Administrative Assistant at CUIMC reporting to the Senior Manager for Environmental Health & Safety Administration and Human Resources and is the forefront support of the Department at the CUIMC Campus. Support is inclusive of all campuses/affiliations (Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Morningside, LDEO, Nevis, Manhattanville, Barnard, NY Presbyterian Hospital, and NYS Psychiatric Institute).  She interacts with various levels of administration within the University and the affiliates on various matters, including but not limited to interacting and greeting office visitors and on-going phone triage and the ability to direct to appropriate areas for further assistance.  She serves as administrative support and liaison for the 50 person EH&S department across multiple offices and campuses.

  • Naomi Schrag is the Vice President for Research Compliance, Training, and Policy in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, and the University's Research Integrity Officer (RIO). She oversees work on issues such as research misconduct, conflict-of-interest and international research compliance, and collaborates closely with other offices across the University to develop integrated approaches to compliance and training.

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    Michelle Benson is the Assistant Director for Research Integrity and Compliance. Her work focuses on promoting research and data integrity through various workshops and trainings, research group consultations and development of resources to aid in the conduct of research. She also works on matters concerning conflict-of-interest and research misconduct.

    Biography

    Dr. Benson has a Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation focused on heterogenous catalysis by developing new surface functionalization techniques on nanoscale metal oxides. In addition to her research at UW-Madison, Dr. Benson also worked with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation on projects involving outreach, technology transfer, and research collaboration. Before coming to Columbia in January 2014, Dr. Benson was an adjunct professor teaching undergraduate chemistry to science majors and nursing students.

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    Michelle Avallone is the Director of Export Controls. Her work focuses on matters relating to export controls and international research.

    Biography

    Before joining Columbia in 2013, Ms. Avallone was an attorney in private practice focusing on government contracts and export controls. Ms. Avallone graduated from Columbia Law School in 2006. Prior to law school, she received a M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University. 

  • Michael Shelter is an Executive Assistant within the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research. In this role, he will be responsible for the calendar management for Victoria Hamilton and Adrian Hill, internal communications, meeting and event planning, and special projects including various functions in the 409A Low Library Office.

    Prior to joining Columbia, Michael worked as a Car Free Day Coordinator and Participatory Budgeting Coordinator for NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. Additionally, he served as Council Member Rodriguez’s Education & Environmental Policy Intern, and as Communications Intern for the New York League of Conservation Voters. During his time as a student at The New School, he was part of a team of Research Assistants that helped in promoting the culture and awareness around sustainability while working with the Tishman Environment and Design Center.

    Michael holds a BS in Evolutionary Anthropology from Rutgers University, and an MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from The New School.

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    Michael Klein is the Director of Research Compliance.  His work focuses on research compliance issues such as conflict-of-interest and research misconduct.

    Biography

    Before joining Columbia in July 2008, Mr. Klein served for three years as senior attorney with the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, the state’s interdisciplinary bioethics commission.  He also has held legal positions with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.  Mr. Klein graduated from Columbia Law School in 1999.  Before entering law school, he received an M.A. in science writing from the Johns Hopkins University. 

  • Meredith Knaak, MPH, is the Research Applications Coordinator at the Clinical Trials Office. Meredith provides application support to the Columbia University Medical Center community. She is also involved in the application configuration, data management, and quality assurance of CTO applications, including RecruitMe.

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    Mercedes is the Administrative Assistant at MS reporting to the Senior Manager for Environmental Health & Safety Administration and Human Resources and is the forefront support of the Department at the Morningside Campus. Support is inclusive of all campuses/affiliations (Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Morningside, LDEO, Nevis, Manhattanville, Barnard, NY Presbyterian Hospital, and NYS Psychiatric Institute).  She interacts with various levels of administration within the University and the affiliates on various matters, including but not limited to interacting and greeting office visitors and on-going phone triage and the ability to direct to appropriate areas for further assistance.  She serves as administrative support and liaison for the 50 person EH&S department across multiple offices and campuses.

  • Melanie Sola, MA, is a Manager of Finance and Special Projects at the Clinical Trials Office. Melanie provides investigators and their research teams financial accounts receivable services, including ARC account creation and changes, invoicing and reconciliation of industry-sponsored clinical trials at Columbia University Medical Center. She is also responsible for the training of colleagues and assisting in the development of account receivable strategies.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Matt is responsible for the Executive Vice President's calendar, office website, events, and communications.

  • Mathew Kaduvettoor is a Financial Analyst at the Clinical Trials Office. Mathew provides investigators and their research teams financial accounts receivable services, including ARC account creation and changes, invoicing and reconciliation of industry-sponsored clinical trials at Columbia University Medical Center.

  • Having joined Columbia University on August 1, 2011, Dr. Mary Jo Shepherd is currently Executive Director of the Office of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Dr. Shepherd has responsibility for assuring the University’s compliance with all laws, regulations and guidelines pertaining to the care and use of laboratory animals.  Dr. Shepherd received her B.S. and D.V.M. from the Ohio State University and practiced small animal medicine for almost 20 years.  

    She entered the laboratory animal field in 1988 and was a member of 5 IACUCs for a number of years while working at a privately owned medical device testing laboratory.  She has been employed at two pharmaceutical companies and another large academic institution.    

    Mary Jo was active in Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R) by serving on the IACUC conference Planning Committee and by serving as faculty for workshops and panels.  She has been active in the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the local and national levels and is currently serving on AALAS’s Editorial Review Board.  She was actively involved in the planning of the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research’s (NJABR) annual IACUC seminar for over ten years.  Dr. Shepherd was also on the Americans for Medical Progress Board of Directors for 5 years.  

  • Marta Scotto, RPh, is a Research Pharmacist. She provides essential investigational drug services to investigators and research personnel according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the applicable regulatory requirements of FDA and JCAHO. Investigational Drug Services include but are not limited to: dispensation, inventory management, communication with clinical team, communication with study sponsors, sterile compounding of hazardous and non-hazardous agents, creating study specific pharmacy guidelines, handling of on-call studies and conducting Site Initiation Visits (SIV), Close Out Visits (COV) and Monitor Visits (MV).

  • Marley Bauce is the Manager of Research Initiatives within the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research. In this role, he is responsible for project management of awarded teams of the Center Stimulus Grant competition, the Research Initiatives in Science & Engineering (RISE) competition, interschool grant proposal development, multiple limited submission internal selections, event planning, administrative support of the Shared Research Computing Policy Advisory Committee (including initiating the newly Foundations for Research Computing program), and multiple special projects designed to advance the University's research enterprise.

    Prior to joining Columbia in 2014, Marley was the Manager of the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, where he was responsible for competition design, executive communications, and customer support for university leadership and faculty and postdoctoral applicants. He held an integral role in the expansion of the program from a regional to national competition. Marley has additionally served as an adjunct associate professor in Pace University's Department of Environmental Studies since 2009, and an adjunct associate professor in New York University's Graduate Program in Environmental Conservation Education since 2018. His academic areas of expertise  are in environmental ethics, sexuality ethics, and the sociology of food. 

    Marley holds an MA in the Environmental Studies from NYU, an MS in Publishing from Pace University, and is currently working towards an Executive MPA in Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

  • Maritza Pardave-Martinez is the Clinical Trials Administrator with the Clinical Trials Office. Maritza provides document services to the Columbia University Medical community by managing the contract routing process and maintaining the contract repository.

  • Marilyn Morris, MD, MPH, is the Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Office.

  • Manal Saad, RPh, is a Research Pharmacist. She provides essential investigational drug services to investigators and research personnel according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the applicable regulatory requirements of FDA and JCAHO. Investigational Drug Services include but are not limited to: dispensation, inventory management, communication with clinical team, communication with study sponsors, sterile compounding of hazardous and non-hazardous agents, creating study specific pharmacy guidelines, handling of on-call studies and conducting Site Initiation Visits (SIV), Close Out Visits (COV) and Monitor Visits (MV).

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    As the Safety Advisor II, Maisha proactively builds relationships with University and affiliate research personnel to facilitate the delivery of high-quality safety services and guidance across a broad range of disciplines throughout our expansive research enterprise at multiple campuses. She maintains a client-focused approach, assessing research safety procedures and practices and developing creative, sustainable and compliant solutions that meet the operational needs of research personnel and are consistent with University standards and best practices. Through collaborations with EH&S colleagues and various University stakeholders and affiliates, she has ensured effective and efficient implementation and management of biological, chemical and radiation safety program elements in alignment with the Research Safety Program Strategic Plan.

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  • Magaly Garcia, MD, is the Director of the Spanish Translation Center. She coordinates all aspects of the translation and review of documents at Columbia University and outside institutions to be used by Hispanic participants in research. 

  • Luis Garcia is a Senior Contract Specialist with the Clinical Trials Office. He negotiates and finalizes an array of research related agreements on behalf of the research community at P&S. Luis also advises faculty and staff on applicable laws and institutional policies governing human subjects research. In addition, Luis manages the confidentiality agreement process.

  • Lucy Liu, PharmD, is a Research Pharmacist. She provides essential investigational drug services to investigators and research personnel according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the applicable regulatory requirements of FDA and JCAHO. Investigational Drug Services include but are not limited to: dispensation, inventory management, communication with clinical team, communication with study sponsors, sterile compounding of hazardous and non-hazardous agents, creating study specific pharmacy guidelines, handling of on-call studies and conducting Site Initiation Visits (SIV), Close Out Visits (COV) and Monitor Visits (MV).

  • Luciann Greco is the Research Pharmacy Administrative Coordinator. She is responsible for Research Pharmacy billing, purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, human resources, and other administrative duties pertaining to Research Pharmacy.

  • Lourdes Fernandez is the Director of Budgets at the Clinical Trials Office. She is responsible for the management and oversight of all industry sponsored clinical projects to ensure accuracy and financial feasibility while adhering to the University's policies and procedures.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Reporting to, and under the supervision of, the Executive Director of Environmental Health & Safety, the Project Manager – Safety & Regulatory Affairs collaborates with the Hazardous Materials, Safety and Radiation Safety Program personnel, and the Training and Development Coordinator to provide technical and regulatory compliance support at Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Barnard College and New York State Psychiatric Institute campuses, on a variety of defined projects. She assists EH&S in advancing safety and sustaining compliance with relevant program policies and regulations related to safety performance, waste management and training.

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    As the Senior Safety Analyst (SSA), Laszlo is responsible for radiation safety functions and duties relating to the implementation of radiation safety programs and the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) departmental mission.  He provides radiological and related support services to research laboratories on a variety of Columbia University campuses.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    As the Safety Advisor, Sebastian, along with a team of health and safety professionals, proactively builds relationships with University and University-affiliate research personnel to facilitate the delivery of high-quality safety services and guidance across a broad range of disciplines throughout the University’s expansive research enterprise and multiple campuses. Sebastian maintains a client-focused approach and is accountable for assessing research safety procedures and practices and developing creative, sustainable and compliant solutions that meet the operational needs of research personnel and are consistent with University standards and best practices.

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  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Konstantinos is the Associate Manager of the Clinical Radiation Safety Program supporting the use of radioactive materials and x-ray equipment in clinical use at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), and affiliated Faculty Practice offices.  He and his team perform operational support during nuclear medicine therapy, provide patient instructions, and maintain documents necessary to ensure compliance with New York City regulations regarding patient release.  He coordinates a program of peer-review audits of hospital departments and provides training to medical staff involved in the use of radiation sources.  He also serves as the Laser Safety Officer for Columbia University research labs.

  • Kinara Yang, PharmD, is a Research Pharmacist. She provides essential investigational drug services to investigators and research personnel according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the applicable regulatory requirements of FDA and JCAHO. Investigational Drug Services include but are not limited to: dispensation, inventory management, communication with clinical team, communication with study sponsors, sterile compounding of hazardous and non-hazardous agents, creating study specific pharmacy guidelines, handling of on-call studies and conducting Site Initiation Visits (SIV), Close Out Visits (COV) and Monitor Visits (MV).

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    As the Associate Manager for Research Safety programs, Kathy leads, promotes and supports a comprehensive laboratory safety program for Columbia University at Morningside, and reports to, and assists, the Manager of Safety Programs with administration of the laboratory safety programs at all sites including Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Morningside, Manhattanville, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and Nevis Campuses. Since 2014 she has established and implemented the Program’s priorities in accordance with the Research Safety strategic plan. She collaborates with other EH&S Program Managers and Senior Specialists/Officers to promote best management practices on all Campuses.

    Kathy is responsible for providing technical leadership, administrative oversight and daily management of laboratory safety operations, services and programs. She has developed, maintained and promoted policies, procedures and programs for laboratory safety, ensuring that the University’s campuses are compliant with pertinent local, state and federal health and safety codes.

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  • Roles and Responsibilities

    The Associate Vice President (AVP) leads, advances and oversees the comprehensive environmental health and safety program for Columbia University. A team oriented and integrated program is implemented across all campuses of the University including the Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), Morningside Heights (MS), Manhattanville (MHV), Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) and Nevis Campus; Barnard College; New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI/RFMH); and the New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) - Columbia campus Radiation Clinical Program. Kathleen is responsible for providing professional leadership and administrative direction to ensure the quality management of such programs and for maintaining a safety culture and ensuring compliance. EH&S is one-stop for all safety matters including biological, chemical, environmental, industrial hygiene, fire life safety, and radiation. The safety and health programs were integrated, creating a model leadership program. In collaboration with the research community and facilities, a proactive safety program coupled with a comprehensive waste management programs for hazardous, radioactive, universal, and regulated waste with a focus on reduce, reuse, and recycle is in place.

    Biography

    Before joining Columbia University, Kathleen worked at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital and fulfilled various positions including Director of Occupational Health Services, Administrator for House Staff, and staff Physician Assistant. She holds both a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and a Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) Environmental Health Sciences and received the I. Bernard Weinstein Academic Excellence Award. Kathleen is a certified Physician Assistant with a Bachelor of Science and Physician Assistant Certificate from SUNY Stony Brook Health Sciences. Her professional interests include occupational medicine, workplace safety and prevention, environmental stewardship, emergency management and leadership.

    Kathleen currently serves on the MSPH DrPH Strategic Planning Committee; has served on the MSPH Alumni Board of Directors (2005-2018), is a past president and a member of the Governance Committee which includes selection of the annual Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award and the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. She is the founding editor of the e-Mailman, the Newsletter of the Alumni Association. Kathleen is a 2017 recipient of the University’s highest Alumni Medal Award where alumni are recognized for building Columbia's community. She has served on several other boards including the American Association of Physician Assistants in Occupational Medicine (AAPA-OM), The Hospital Employee Health Directors of Greater New York, and the Advisory Board for the Mt. Sinai Irving J. Selikoff Occupational Health Clinical Center.

    Kathleen is proud to be a member of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) Women’s Leadership Advisory Group, including participation as a panelist for Women Leading Change, Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend (2016) and co-chair of the University’s inaugural Women’s Conference, She Opened the Door (February 2018). She is currently a member of the Strategic Planning Task Force 2023 and the Alumni Medalist Committee (2019-2023).

    In her spare time, she spends time with family and friends as an avid skier, hiker and enjoys training for Half-iron (70.3) and Olympic triathlons.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    As Safety Advisor, Justin works in collaboration with EH&S’ full team of health and safety professionals to proactively build relationships with University and University-affiliate research personnel to facilitate the delivery of high-quality safety services and guidance. He maintains a client-focused approach and promotes the safety of the University research community by assessing research procedures and practices, and developing creative, sustainable and compliant solutions that meet the operational needs of research personnel.

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  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Joshua is a Health Physicist responsible for health physics functions and duties relating to the implementation of radiation safety programs and the Environmental Health and Safety departmental mission. He provides radiological and related support services to a variety Columbia University onsite/off-site campuses, Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital facilities.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Jon Paul is the primary fire safety administrator for campus sites designated by the Senior Fire Safety Officer, and works in collaboration with colleagues in EH&S, Public Safety, Facilities and the research community to promote best management practices and carry out the Vision of Environmental Health and Safety.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    As the Business and Information Technology Manager for EH&S, Jillian is responsible for overseeing all business functions including finance management, department purchasing, website content maintenance and collaboration with 7 safety programs as related to these duties in providing high level teamwork, financial reporting and account analysis to each of the safety programs within EH&S. She is the liaison to University Finance administration and IT sectors while representing the needs of staff members and the mission of EH&S. She executes and ensures compliance with University internal controls as well as financial and technology policies.

  • Jessenia Hernandez is a Financial Analyst at the Clinical Trials Office. Jessenia provides investigators and their research teams financial accounts receivable services, including ARC account creation and changes, invoicing and reconciliation of industry-sponsored clinical trials at Columbia University Medical Center.

  • Jennifer Rojas, CPhT, is a Research Pharmacy Coordinator. She signs out and delivers study medication and conducts site qualification visits and interim monitoring visits in addition to managing drug inventory and pharmacy supplies ordering.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Janique's work focuses on matters relating to export controls, international research, and conflict-of-interest.

    Biography

    Ms. Cheesman received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University in 2012. She then went on to complete a Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering from Villanova University. Before coming to Columbia, Ms. Cheesman worked as a consultant for two years on projects involving environmental health and safety, environmental compliance, and corporate sustainability.

     

  • Jane Cho, MS, MPH, is the Manager of Regulatory Science at the Clinical Trials Office. She is responsible for the management and oversight of the CTO’s regulatory science unit, which is comprised of the IND/IDE Assistance Program (IAP), the Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Training Program, and the Clinical Trials Monitoring Assistance Program (CTMAP). 

  • Jack Pearsons, CPhT, is the Research Pharmacy Administrative Manager. He reviews new study submissions for feasibility, provides written cost estimates for Research Pharmacy services, and supervises Pharmacy Coordinators and Pharmacy Technicians.

  • Helen Kim, PharmD, is the Executive Director of the Clinical Trials Office. She manages and supervises the budget and the staff in the Clinical Trials Office who are responsible for assisting investigators in preparing applications, negotiating contracts, setting up sub-award arrangements and maintaining certain post-award/contract functions, in addition to overseeing the operations of CUMC's research pharmacy. 

  • Greg Culler is the Associate Director of Research Initiatives within the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, and is responsible for the limited submission internal selection process, internal communications, donor relations, and website development.

    Prior to joining the Office, Greg was a Project Manager in the Columbia University Libraries' Center for Oral History, previously working as a Consultant in Fortress Investment Group.

    Greg holds an MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University, and a BA in East Asian Studies and Anthropology from Arizona State University.

  • Giselle Goldan is a Research Pharmacy Coordinator. She signs out and delivers study medication and conducts site qualification visits and interim monitoring visits in addition to managing drug inventory and pharmacy supplies ordering.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Health Physicist, Gilda, is responsible for health physics functions and duties relating to the implementation of radiation safety programs and the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) departmental mission. She has provided radiological and related support services to research laboratories on a variety of Columbia University campuses.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    As Safety Advisor, George works in collaboration with EH&S’ full team of health and safety professionals to proactively build relationships with University and University-affiliate research personnel to facilitate the delivery of high-quality safety services and guidance. He maintains a client-focused approach and promotes the safety of the University research community by assessing research procedures and practices, and developing creative, sustainable and compliant solutions that meet the operational needs of research personnel.

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  • Roles and Responsibilities

    The Executive Vice President for Research has overall responsibility for the University's research enterprise, encompassing a broad spectrum of research departments, institutes and centers in the natural and biomedical sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Columbia has a long and distinguished history of discovery of new knowledge. The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research works to foster the continuation of those creative endeavors and to promote an environment that sustains the highest standards of scholarship, health and safety.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Eva is the Dosimetry Associate reporting to the Training and Development Coordinator, and has been responsible for daily operations of the personal radiation monitoring dosimetry program. She is the Radiation Safety department’s point of contact for the dosimetry program.  She assigns dosimeters in accordance with established procedures, develops and maintains contact with vendor to coordinate assignment, receipt, and return of dosimeters, receives, distributes, and returns new and used dosimeters, coordinates exchange of personal dosimeters.  She works closely with department/group supervisors to ensure timely return. She provides administrative support to the ALARA program and notifies of high exposures in a timely and sensitive fashion.  She has developed and maintains proficiency in software used to document and track dosimetry and training.

  • IRB Specialist

  • Elnaz Anjom, PharmD, is the Research Pharmacy Director. She oversees the day to day operation of research pharmacy to ensure safe and effective patient care in addition to planning, organizing, and implementing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in accordance with institutional policies and procedures and in cooperation with other departments while following Good Clinical Practice (GCP), FDA and JCAHO requirements.

  • Eliana Cardona is a Financial Analyst at the Clinical Trials Office. Eliana provides investigators and their research teams financial accounts receivable services, including ARC account creation and changes, invoicing and reconciliation of industry-sponsored clinical trials at Columbia University Medical Center.

  • Donalrey Nieva, CPhT, is a Research Pharmacy Coordinator. He signs out and delivers study medication and conducts site qualification visits and interim monitoring visits in addition to managing drug inventory and pharmacy supplies ordering.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Dennis is a Health Physicist responsible for health physics functions and duties relating to the implementation of radiation safety programs and the Environmental Health and Safety departmental mission. He provides radiological and related support services to a variety Columbia University onsite/off-site campuses, Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital facilities.

  • Role and Responsibilties

    Deborah Stiles is currently the Vice President for Research Operations and Policy, and Chief Operating Officer in the Office of the EVP for Research, a position she has held since 2004, when the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research was established.  As the Vice President for Research Operations and Policy, she manages nine University-wide offices that constitute the backbone of Columbia’s $1 billion research enterprise.  These operations include grants and contract processing, the clinical trials office, human and animal research review boards, postdoctoral affairs, environmental health and safety and the animal facilities.  With the Executive Vice President for Research, she has been responsible for consolidating and restructuring these operations and improving business processes to increase efficiency and develop better client service to the research community.  In addition, she initiated the formation of offices for research compliance and training and research initiatives.

    Biography

    Prior to joining Columbia, Ms. Stiles was a corporate partner at the international law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton, having joined the firm as an associate in 1976.  At Debevoise, she was head of the firm’s Finance Practice Group and had extensive experience in its finance and private funds practices.  She was an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton from 1974-1976.

    Ms. Stiles received her B.A. from Radcliffe College, magna cum laude, in 1969, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1974.

    Ms. Stiles is a member of the Dean’s Council of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Collegiate Chorale.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of New York Small Business Venture Fund LLC and New York Small Business Venture Fund II & III LLC that invest in economic development projects in New York City. Ms. Stiles is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    The Training and Development Coordinator has developed a safety education and training program that enables EH&S and other Columbia University stakeholdersto understand and maintain a safe and healthy environment, and ensure compliance with Columbia University and regulatory requirements. Daniela has developed and enhanced a support structure for departmental program safety education trainings. She regularly conducts needs assessments, goal evaluations, and utilizes state-of-the-art instructional technology to improve the delivery and content of training in classroom and computer-based trainings (RASCAL and LION). She has implemented an evaluation program drawing on organizational principles to improve training quality and efficiency. Daniela provides supervision to the Training Associate and provides supervisory oversight for the Dosimetry Associate, as well as oversee the dosimetry program to ensure that it maintains high standards of performance.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Cynthia is responsible for the Vice President for Research Operations's calendar and communications. She manages the human resources and administrative responsibilities for the Office.

  • Connie Eng, PharmD, is a Research Pharmacist. She provides essential investigational drug services to investigators and research personnel according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the applicable regulatory requirements of FDA and JCAHO. Investigational Drug Services include but are not limited to: dispensation, inventory management, communication with clinical team, communication with study sponsors, sterile compounding of hazardous and non-hazardous agents, creating study specific pharmacy guidelines, handling of on-call studies and conducting Site Initiation Visits (SIV), Close Out Visits (COV) and Monitor Visits (MV).

  • Collin Glidewell, JD, LLM, is the Associate Director of Contract Negotiations with the Clinical Trials Office. He manages the workflow of the Senior Contract Specialists and Clinical Trial Administrator, and oversees the contract negotiation and execution process within the Clinical Trials Office. 

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    As the Biological Safety Officer, Cody promotes and supports the comprehensive biological safety program at all five Columbia University campuses. He demonstrates in-depth knowledge of biological safety regulations and professional guidelines and keeps abreast of regulatory changes through networking, seminars, continuing education and the proactive investigation of scientific literature. He cooperatively integrates activities with other EH&S programs and creatively interacts with multidisciplinary staff to address current and evolving health and safety issues.

  • Cindy Han is a Regulatory Science Specialist at the Clinical Trials Office. She assists in overseeing the Clinical Trials Office’s regulatory compliance and providing assistance to the research community at P&S in the development and conduct of clinical trials.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    As the Manager for Research Safety Programs, Chris is responsible for the coordination, integration and management of the University’s biological, chemical and radioactive research safety programs at all Columbia University campuses (Morningside Heights, Medical Center, Lamont Doherty, Baker Field, Nevis and Manhattanville) and satellite locations, New York State Psychiatric Institute and New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia.  He has established short-term and long-term departmental and campus-based goals to fully integrate the University’s research safety programs and has ensured a proactive, customer-oriented service program focused on compliance with federal, state and local regulations and best management practices (BMPs).

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    The Executive Director leads, promotes and supports a comprehensive, proactive environmental health & safety program for Columbia University and affiliates. Chris is responsible for providing professional leadership, operational oversight, and administrative direction for the Hazardous Materials, Laboratory Research and Occupational Safety Programs. He develops, maintains and promotes policies, procedures and programs for the safe work practices and environmental stewardship. The Executive Director ensures compliance with pertinent local, state and federal health and safety codes, standards, regulations and best management practices. He supports a positive, proactive environmental health and safety program in a complex, fast paced organization.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Chris joined Columbia EH&S in December 2011 and directs the Biological Safety Program. He is responsible for providing professional leadership, administrative oversight and for directing biological safety operations, services and programs on all campuses. He serves on several University committees including the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). He is the Responsible Official for the Select Agents Program. Other areas of expertise include performing biological risk assessments, medical surveillance, biological exposure investigations, laboratory design and biological material shipping. He is active in the broader community of Biosafety Professionals through participation in the American (ABSA) and Mid-Atlantic (MABSA) Biological Safety Associations. EH&S Print & Go sheets for medical surveillance received a 2018 CSHEMA innovation award of merit.

    Biography

    Growing up in the United Kingdom, Chris was interested from an early age in infectious diseases and the germs that cause them. He received his bachelor’s degree in immunobiology from the University of Wales and his D.Phil. (Ph.D.) from the University of Oxford in molecular and cellular biology, during which time he spent two years as an exchange student at the Rockefeller University. Prior to becoming a safety professional, he was a Principal Investigator at NYU Medical Center, and then at NYU Department of Chemistry. He led a transcriptional profiling team at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Research in Princeton, and was a CLEP and ELAP-accredited lab director at the New York City Department of Health’s Biothreat Response Laboratory. Prior to joining Columbia, he held a biosafety position at Weill Cornell Medical College.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Carmen Nieves is the Coordinator in the Office of Research Compliance and Training, providing support to RCT’s conflict of interest, export control and research misconduct activities, as well as our many training programs.

    Biography

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    A Columbia University veteran, Carmen G. Hoepelman has navigated and enjoyed her career journey from Senior Secretary, with the IRB, to Senior Manager for EH&S Administration and Human Resources.  As Senior Manager for EH&S Administration and Human Resources, she is responsible for the administration, coordination, direction, and implementation of human resource duties relating to EH&S.  Carmen’s communication and collaboration with staff and leaders is critical while providing high quality service as situations arise on a day-to-day basis.  She also supervises two Administrative Assistants located at MS and CUIMC. The Senior Manager is responsible for the recruitment and placement, onboarding, compliance and maintenance of present and new EH&S personnel. Carmen has maintained long term relationships with Columbia University colleagues, and always offers opportunities to collaborate, advise, or point someone in a positive direction.   

  • Role and Responsibilities

    Brenda is the Executive Director of the Human Research Protection Office / IRBs and is responsible for ensuring that research involving human subjects, including behavioral research (e.g., surveys) and biomedical investigations (e.g., clinical trials), is conducted ethically and in a manner that promotes compliance with all applicable ethical and regulatory requirements.

    Biography

    Brenda has been at Columbia University since 2003. She previously served as the Interim Executive Director (since 2013). From 2004-2012, Brenda served as Associate Director, Institutional Review Board and prior to that, she served as Administrative Coordinator (2003-2004). Before joining Columbia University, she served as Sponsored Programs Administrator at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey from 2000-2003. Her earlier career includes positions at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, J&J Temporaries and CCR Electronics, Inc. Brenda received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State College.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Barbara Szolc is the Compliance Specialist in the Office of Research Compliance and Training, helping to manage the administration of the University’s policies and processes concerning conflict of interest in research.

    Biography

    Dr. Szolc received an M.D. from University of Lodz, Poland, and  completed her postdoctoral training in biomedical science at Northwestern University and Columbia. She was also part of the NASA Space Radiation Exploration Program (NSRSS) in 2007. Dr. Szolc has published many scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals including J. of Rad. Bio., J Vasc Interv Radiol, Magn Reson Med., Radiology, Radiation Research, Nanomedicine and Gastroenterology. Her research was mostly focused in radiation biology, immunology, neurology and social science. Prior to returning to Columbia, Dr. Szolc worked at New York University in education management, providing oversight and monitoring of pre-doctoral academic administration.

  • Ayala Schwartz, JD, is a Senior Contract Specialist with the Clinical Trials Office. She negotiates and finalizes an array of research related agreements on behalf of the research community at P&S. Ayala also advises faculty and staff on applicable laws and institutional policies governing human subjects research.

  • Anthony Galante, PharmD, is a Research Pharmacist. He provides essential investigational drug services to investigators and research personnel according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the applicable regulatory requirements of FDA and JCAHO. Investigational Drug Services include but are not limited to: dispensation, inventory management, communication with clinical team, communication with study sponsors, sterile compounding of hazardous and non-hazardous agents, creating study specific pharmacy guidelines, handling of on-call studies and conducting Site Initiation Visits (SIV), Close Out Visits (COV) and Monitor Visits (MV).

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Angela, the Deputy Radiation Safety Officer, is responsible for the day to day management of the research radiation safety program at Columbia University’s Morningside (including Barnard College), Manhattanville, Nevis Laboratories (Irvington, NY) and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Palisades, NY) and Medical Center (CUIMC) campuses, and the use of radioactive material in international waters.  She manages a team of health physicists that supports these programs, and develops and implements the policies and procedures necessary to ensure the safe use of radioactive material and ionizing radiation producing equipment in research.  She and her team are responsible for ensuring compliance with City, State, and Federal regulations.

  • Anely Ninonuevo is the Executive Assistant of the Clinical Trials Office. She provides executive level support for the Associate Vice President of the Office of Research Administration and the Executive Director of the Clinical Trials Office, coordinates meetings and conferences, performs personalized and confidential administrative duties, and interfaces with senior and administrative staff members and a wide array of University and Hospital offices, faculty members, and government agencies.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    As Senior Fire Safety Officer, Andrew supports a comprehensive fire and life safety program for research and laboratories at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), Morningside Heights (MS), and the Jerome L Greene Science Center (JLGSC) in Manhattanville. In collaboration with colleagues in EH&S, Public Safety, Facilities and the research community the Sr. Fire Safety Officer promotes best management practices and works to carry out the Vision of Environmental Health and Safety.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Anderson Smith is the Administrative Manager for the Office of Research Compliance and Training. He is primarily responsible for day-to-day office operations and finance management.

    Biography

     

  • IRB Quality Assurance Specialist and Executive Assistant

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Dr. Aderemi “Remi” Dosunmu, the Associate Manager for Biological Safety, reports to the Associate Director for Biological Safety.  Dr. Dosunmu promotes and supports a comprehensive biological safety program for Columbia University, Barnard College and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Specific responsibilities include administration of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, the controlled substance program as well as being a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and editor of the EH&S SafetyMatters newsletter.

    Biography

    Before joining Columbia University, Dr. Dosunmu worked as a City Research Scientist at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Public Health Laboratory and previously held positions as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Lead Laboratory Technician at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Dosunmu received her B.S. in Microbiology from University of Maryland College Park in 2002; and earned her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, concentration: Pharmacology and Toxicology from University of Rhode Island in 2010 (Doctoral Thesis: Lead-exposure, Aging, and Blood Biomarkers in Alzheimer’s Disease). Dr. Dosunmu is professionally interested in biological safety, emerging diseases, and innovative scientific technology and personally interested in community-based volunteering and advocacy, continuing education, and participating in creative arts classes/workshops. 

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