Brenda L. Ruotolo

Role and Responsibilities

Brenda is the AVP for Human Research Protection 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.


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.