IRB Office Staff Updates

Dear Research Community,

The IRB Office is excited to announce the following staffing changes that have occurred over the past several months:

·        In August 2018, Kevin Puyleart joined the Chicago IRB Office as the newest IRB Sr. Analyst. Kevin obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northwestern University, where he has been employed for twenty-four years. Over his time at Northwestern, he has worked with the Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM), served as Assistant Director of the previous Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS), and Senior Regulatory Coordinator and Team Leader at the Clinical Trials Office of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Kevin will report to Lisa Linn and will handle all types of biomedical submissions.

·        In November 2018, Priya Tripathi joined the Chicago IRB Office as the newest IRB Compliance Analyst. Priya comes to the Northwestern IRB from the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute where she was a Senior Regulatory Coordinator for the Center for Clinical Research (CCR). Priya holds a Master of Science degree in Regulatory Compliance with a concentration in Clinical Research from the Northwestern School of Professional Studies. Priya will report to Piper Hawkins-Green and will handle all types of compliance matters.

·        Additionally, Katherine Bergson has joined the Evanston IRB Office as the IRB Analyst Lead. Katherine comes to the Northwestern IRB having served as the Associate Director and then Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. In addition, Katherine has served as the IRB Manager and COI Officer at the National Opinion Research Center as well as serving as the Vice-Chair for Lurie Children’s Hospital IRB. Katherine has a Master of Public Administration and a JD. Katherine will report to Kathleen Murphy and will handle all types of social-behavioral submissions.

Please add Kevin, Priya, and Katherine to any distribution lists you have and, when you have a chance, stop by and say hello!

The Northwestern University IRB Office is dedicated to the protection of the rights and welfare of human research participants.  In addition to administratively supporting IRB operations, the IRB Office provides guidance, education and relevant compliance tools to the University and affiliate research community.  These staffing changes reflect the IRB Office's commitment to maintain a premier staffing team with thorough regulatory and operational knowledge and expertise.

We look forward to our continued partnership with the University and affiliate research community!

The Northwestern University IRB Office