Office of Responsible Research Practices
The Ohio State University

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Questions

Biosafety
IBC Anthony Dent 614-292-4502
CITI
CITI Training Ellen Patricia 614-688-5556
Human Subjects
Compliance Aaron Seddon 614-688-2208
Data/Specimen Banking Sandra Meadows 614-688-8641
Exempt Research Jake Stoddard 614-292-0526
Expedited Personnel Changes Meliha Rahmani 614-292-9625
Emergency Use Requests Ellen Patricia 614-292-9804
Regulatory Questions Sandra Meadows 614-688-8641
Reliance & Individual Investigator Agreements

IRBAgreements@osu.edu

Research Related Concerns Sandra Meadows 614-688-8641
800-678-6251
Human Subjects Mailboxes
Behavioral & Social Sciences IRB General Questions
Biomedical Sciences IRB Exempt Research
Cancer IRB Grant Congruency
WCG IRB HS Research Determinations
Human Subjects Submission Status
During screening: After ‘completeness verified’:
Email or call the Protocol Analyst who
provided screening comments.
Email the IRB specific or exempt
mailbox.

Main ORRP Telephone

614-688-8457
Choose one of the following menu options:
1 – CITI Training (Human Subjects) 4 – Exempt Human Subjects Research
2 – Reliance and Individual Investigator Agreements 5 – Buck-IRB
3 – Biosafety 6 – IRB Regulatory Assistance

Other Helpful Contacts Outside ORRP

Technical Issues – Buck-IRB or eProtocol orhelpdesk@osu.edu 614-688-8288
Option #5
Conflict of Interest (COI) conflictinfo@osu.edu
Office of Innovation and Economic Development corporateengagement@osu.edu
Online Risk Assessment Tool ehs@osu.edu

ORRP Staff Directory

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Kirsten Bowe

IRB Coordinator Office of Responsible Research PracticesHuman Subjects

Kirsten provides administrative support to ORRP staff and supports the operations of all three Institutional Review Boards at Ohio State. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, she served as an Office Coordinator with Lifestance Health. Kirsten earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at The Ohio State University.

Tish Denlinger

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Associate Director for IRB Operations & Staff Development Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-688-3330

Tish Denlinger, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), manages the daily activities and staff that support the university’s Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). She ensures operational compliance with all Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) policies, federal regulations, state laws, and university policies. Additionally, she oversees staff training and development, manages convened Board processes and performance, monitors review timelines, and manages screening, reviewing, and processing functions. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, she served as a regulatory compliance officer for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Anthony Dent

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IRB Protocol Analyst II Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-292-4502

Anthony Dent assists investigators with their submissions and supports the operations of the Biomedical Sciences Institutional Review Board. Prior to joining ORRP, Anthony served as a Research Associate in the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the College of Medicine, Research Assistant in the College of Nursing, and was a Staff Sargent in the United States Air Force. Anthony received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from The Ohio State University.

Michael Donovan

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Senior IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesBuck-IRB, IRB – Behavioral & Social Sciences Phone: 614-292-6950

Michael Donovan, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and supports the operations of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Institutional Review Board. He also serves as the Buck-IRB Liaison. Michael earned his Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics and his Masters of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University.

Andrew Hedrick

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Senior IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research Practices Phone: 614-688-2626

Andrew Hedrick, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and primarily supports the operations of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Institutional Review Board. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, he was an IRB administrator with the Office of Research Integrity at the University of Kentucky. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Science degree in telecommunications and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of Kentucky.

Sarah Hersch

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Senior IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer, IRB – Reliance Submissions/Agreements, IRB – WIRB Phone: 614-688-1253

Sarah Hersch, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and supports the operations of the Biomedical Sciences and Cancer Institutional Review Boards. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, she served as a research coordinator at the Ohio State University Nisonger Center and as the Research Compliance Manager of the IRB at Teachers College, Columbia University. Sarah earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and her Master of Arts in Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Nicola Hettler

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IRB Protocol Analyst II Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-292-4265

Nicola Hettler assists researchers with their submissions and supports the operations of the Biomedical Sciences Institutional Review Board. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, she served as a Program Manager and Principal Research Scientist at Battelle.  Nicola is a certified Project Management Professional and earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Ohio University.

Melanie Howell

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IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research Practices Phone: 614-247-7958

Melanie Howell assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and supports the operations of the Biomedical Sciences and Cancer Institutional Review Boards. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, she served as an Administrative Assistant supporting the Ohio State Director of Advanced Practice and Advanced Practice managers. Melanie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from Ohio Dominican University and her Master of Clinical Research from The Ohio State University.

Ryan Liersemann

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IRB Protocol Analyst II Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Behavioral & Social Sciences Phone: 614-292-0243

Ryan Liersemann assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and supports the operations of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Institutional Review Board. Previously, Ryan supported the operations of the Cancer Institutional Review Board. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, he served as a regulatory compliance officer in The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dahlia McCallion

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IRB Protocol Analyst II Office of Responsible Research Practices Phone: 614-247-8025

Dahlia Perez assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and supports the operations of the Biomedical Sciences and Cancer Institutional Review Boards. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, she served as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Wexner Medical Center. Dahlia earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Rehabilitation from The Ohio State University.

Allison McMurray

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IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesHuman Subjects Phone: 614-247-9420

Allison McMurray assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and supports the operations of the Biomedical Sciences, Cancer, and Behavioral and Social Sciences Institutional Review Boards. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, she served as a Systems Specialist in the OSU Department of Human Genetics. Allison earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuroscience and Psychology from The Ohio State University.

Sandra Meadows

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Program Manager – Educational Programming and Regulatory Support Office of Responsible Research PracticesEduacation & Training, Quality Improvement Program – Human Subjects Phone: 614-688-8641

Sandra Meadows, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), supports quality improvement activities related to regulations and educational programming/training for the human research. Previously Sandra served as the administrative manager for the Biomedical Sciences IRB. Before joining the ORRP staff, she coordinated obstetrical research for the NICHD Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network at The Ohio State University. Sandra earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Morehead State University and her Masters of Public Health from The Ohio State University.

Paul Montesanti

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Senior IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-292-9804

Paul Montesanti, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and supports the operations of the Biomedical Sciences and Cancer Institutional Review Boards. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, he served as a research assistant at Ohio State University Sports Medicine. Paul earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from the Ohio State University.

Ellen Patricia

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Director Office of Responsible Research PracticesAdministration, Quality Improvement Program – Human Subjects Phone: 614-688-5556

Ellen Patricia, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), provides leadership to the ORRP team through assuring compliance with federal regulations, university policies, and state and local laws governing research in animal and human subjects. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, Ellen was the Director of Protocol Compliance at the James Cancer Hospital and in the remote past was employed by Pharmacia and Upjohn as a medical research associate. Ellen earned her Masters of Science in Human Physiology from The Ohio State University.

Meliha Rahmani

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Program Manager – Post-Approval Monitoring and Regulatory Support Office of Responsible Research PracticesExpedited Personnel Changes, Quality Improvement Program – Human Subjects Phone: 614-292-9625

Meliha Rahmani, a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) and Certified IRB Professional (CIP), supports quality improvement activities related to regulations and amendment review for the human subjects protections program. Previously, Meliha served as a regulatory manager in the College of Medicine Office of Research specializing in regulatory compliance. She has extensive experience in conducting quality and HIPAA audits, educational outreach, clinical trial coordination, protocol development and implementation, and clinical research regulations. Meliha earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Loyola University New Orleans and her Master of Public Health specializing in epidemiology from The Ohio State University.

Nathan Richards

IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research Practices Phone: 614-247-0030

Nathan assists researchers with their submissions and supports the operations of all three Institutional Review Boards at Ohio State. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, he served as a Graduate Administrative Associate in the Department of English at The Ohio State University. Nathan is currently completing his PhD in English at The Ohio State University.

Aaron Seddon

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Program Manager – Research Noncompliance and Regulatory Support Office of Responsible Research PracticesNoncompliance, Quality Improvement Program – Human Subjects Phone: 614-688-2208

Aaron Seddon, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), is responsible for the IRB-directed, for-cause audit program, tracks and documents IRB decisions, and prepares mandatory reports of IRB noncompliance and UPIRSO determinations to university officials, regulatory agencies, and study sponsors. Previously, Aaron served as an ORRP IRB Protocol Analyst II. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, he served as a writing and literature instructor at both The Ohio State University and Franklin University. Aaron earned a BA in English from the State University of New York College at Potsdam and an MA in English from The Ohio State University.

Danielle Shearer

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IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesHuman Subjects Phone: 614-247-1876

Danielle assists researchers with their submissions and supports the operations of all three Institutional Review Boards at Ohio State. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, she served as a Library Associate in the OSU Health Sciences Library. Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Corey Spring

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IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesHuman Subjects Phone: 614-247-9833

Corey assists researchers with their submissions and supports the operations of all three Institutional Review Boards at Ohio State. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, he served as a Senior Legal On-Site Service Specialist with Ricoh USA. Corey earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Analysis and Practice at The Ohio State University.

Jake Stoddard

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Associate Director for IRB Operations & Data Analytics Office of Responsible Research PracticesExempt Research, IRB – Behavioral & Social Sciences, IRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer, Privacy Board Phone: 614-292-0526

Jake Stoddard, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), manages the daily activities and staff that support the university’s Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). He ensures operational compliance with all Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) policies, federal regulations, state laws, and university policies. Additionally, he generates data analytics on the research enterprise, completes strategic analysis, monitors review timelines, and manages screening, reviewing, and processing functions. Jake earned his Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from The Ohio State University.

Kirsten Thomas

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IRB Protocol Analyst II Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-688-1070

Kirsten Thomas assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and supports the operations of the Biomedical Sciences and Cancer Institutional Review Boards. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, she worked as a Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at OSU. Kirsten earned a Bachelor of Science in English Education and her Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University.