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Johnnie Sanchez

Compliance Assistant

Senior IRB Management

Melissa Epstein, PhD, MBE, CIP

Executive Director, Human Research Protections & Compliance


Rui Ferreira, MA, CIP

Associate Director, HRP Operations


Sarah Leon, CIP

Assistant Director, IRB Operations


Lauren Blumberg, MPH, MS

Assistant Director, Regulatory Compliance


HRP Operations/IRB Support Team

Yefrenia Henriquez Taveras, MPH, MHA, CHES

Clinical Research Program Manager and Sr. Research Navigator
Kaori Kubo Germano, PhD

Clinical Research Program Manager and Sr. Research Navigator
Isabel Bustamente

Sr. Resaerch Compliance QA & Education Manager
Cecilia Brooke Cholka, PhD, CIP

Sr. Research Compliance QA & Education Manager
Jessica Kisenwether, PhD, CCC-SLP, CIP

Sr. Research Compliance QA & Education Manager

Human Research Compliance Team

Lauren Odynocki

Sr. Human Research Compliance Specialist Administrator
Reportable Events Administrator

Kelly Ann Balem, RN, CPN

Sr. Human Research Compliance Specialist

Cancer DSMC Administrator
DSMC Educational Outreach
Brigitte Hardrick, BSN, RN, CCRP

Human Research Compliance Specialist

Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research
(ESCRO) Administrator

General DSMC Administrator
German Jimenez  

Human Research Compliance & Reliance Manager

Single IRB Administrator
BRANYplus Administrator

Cancer IRB Team

Cynthia Franco, MHA



Margaret Mackenzie, MM

Sr. IRB Analyst
Rajvi Parmar

IRB Analyst

(646) 962-4499
Reba Yohannan

Sr. IRB Analyst

General-Expedited IRB Team

Alyssa Wheeler, RN

Spencer Campbell, MFA

Sr. IRB Analyst
Antoinette Kohlman, MHROD, MA, PhD

Sr. IRB Analyst
Alicia Caldwell

IRB Analyst
Laura Dintsch, MPA

IRB Analyst

Anjani Singh, MD

IRB Analyst

General IRB Team

Kristine Pangilinan, BSN

Yaritza Saavedra

Sr. IRB Analyst
Jessica Ordax, MA, CIP

Sr. IRB Analyst


Karen Hawkins

Sr. IRB Analyst


Brandon Bryan

IRB Analyst
Lindsay Ropchock, JD

IRB Analyst
Kortney Rogers, MHA

IRB Analyst

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