Office of Responsible Research Practices
The Ohio State University

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Animal Subjects
IACUC Anthony Yonkura 614-292-4494
Biosafety
IBC Kara Batte 614-292-1159
CITI
CITI Training John Yocom 614-688-8673
Human Subjects
Compliance Vanessa Hill 614-292-9848
Data/Specimen Banking Sandra Meadows 614-688-8641
Exempt Research Jake Stoddard 614-292-0526
Expedited Personnel Changes Meliha Rahmani 614-292-9625
FDA Paul Montesanti 614-292-9804
Regulatory Questions Sandra Meadows 614-688-8641
Reliance & Individual Investigator Agreements Jessica Evans 614-292-9832
Research Related Concerns Sandra Meadows 614-688-8288
Human Subjects Mailboxes
Behavioral & Social Sciences IRB General Questions
Biomedical Sciences IRB Grant Congruency
Cancer IRB HS Research Determinations
Western IRB
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 & Animal Subjects) 4 – Exempt Human Subjects Research
2 – Reliance and Individual Investigator Agreements 5 – Buck-IRB
3 – Animal Research or Biosafety 6 – IRB Regulatory Assistance

Other Helpful Contacts Outside ORRP

Technical Issues – Buck-IRB or eProtocol
(Stay on line until routed to the Help Desk)
orhelpdesk@osu.edu 614-688-8288
Conflict of Interest (COI) conflictinfo@osu.edu 614-292-4284
Technology Commercialization Office innovation@osu.edu 614-292-1315
Online Risk Assessment Tool ehs@osu.edu

ORRP Staff Directory

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Joni Barnard

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Quality Improvement Specialist – Education and Outreach Office of Responsible Research PracticesEducation & Training, Quality Improvement Program – Human Subjects Phone: 614-688-3405

Joni Barnard, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), directs the development of educational outreach initiatives to support faculty, staff and students conducting human subjects research in the social and behavioral sciences. She is also a member of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB). Dr. Barnard earned her doctoral degree from The Ohio State University in Workforce Development and Education. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices staff, Dr. Barnard was an Assistant Professor in Human Resource Development at Pittsburg State University where she taught courses in organization and workforce development, adult learning, and leadership.

Kara Batte

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IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical, IRB – Cancer, IBC Phone: 614-292-1159

Kara Batte assists researchers with their submissions and supports the operations of the Institutional Biosafety Committee as well as the Cancer and Biomedical Sciences Institutional Review Boards. Prior to joining ORRP, Kara served as a laboratory manager in the Division of Surgical Oncology. She also previously worked as a Research Assistant in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. Kara received her Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University and her Master of Science degree from Ohio State, both in microbiology.

Melinda Bruns

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Quality Improvement Specialist Office of Responsible Research PracticesIACUC, Quality Improvement Program – Animal Subjects Phone: 614-292-8621

Melinda Bruns, Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA), who serves as a Quality Improvement Specialist and is a liaison between the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR), and Ohio State research community to promote ethical research practices and ensure protocol performance. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, Melinda had developed and led the Post Approval Monitoring (PAM) program at the University of Cincinnati. She is also a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board, a Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist (RLATG) by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, and earned her Bachelors of Biological Sciences from University of Cincinnati. Her diverse background in animal care, both clinical and research experience, allows her to identify educational needs, assist investigators, and foster a positive environment to achieve compliance with regulations, guidelines, and accreditation requirements at Ohio State.

Jessica Buescher

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IRB Protocol Analyst I Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Behavioral & Social Sciences

Jessica Buescher assists investigators with their submissions and supports the operations of the Behavioral & Social Sciences Institutional Review Board. Prior to joining ORRP, Jessica served as a regulatory compliance officer in the Clinical Trials Management Office of the College of Medicine. Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bowling Green State University and her Ph.D. in Integrated Biomedical Sciences from Ohio State.

Matthew Carter

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IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-247-4736

Matthew Carter 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 regulatory compliance officer in the Clinical Trials Management Office at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science  in Social Science from University of Maryland University College.

Tish Denlinger

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Senior IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-688-3330

Tish Denlinger, 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 regulatory compliance officer for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Anthony Dent

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IRB Protocol Analyst 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.

Brandie Dickens

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IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-292-0569

Brandie Dickens 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 regulatory compliance officer in The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Brandie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Ohio Dominican 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.

Jessica L. Evans

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Program Manager for Reliance Agreements and Regulatory Support Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Reliance Submissions/Agreements Phone: 614-292-9832

Jessica Evans, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), supports quality improvement activities related to coordinating reliance agreements and individual investigator agreements for researchers conducting multi-site human subjects research.  Previously, Jessica served as the Compliance Manager for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Transplant Center.  Before joining Ohio State, she served as Director of Research Compliance and Integrity at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Institute where she provided guidance and monitoring for all research activities.  Jessica is a registered Quality Assurance Professional (RQAP-GLP) and has extensive experience in both clinical and non-clinical research.  She started her career in research conducting FDA-regulated animal toxicology studies at Battelle.  Jessica has a BA in Zoology from Miami University, a Master’s in Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Walden University, and a paralegal certificate from Capital University Law School.

Sarah Hersch

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IRB Protocol Analyst II 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 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.

Vanessa Hill

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Program Manager – Noncompliance and Regulatory Support Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Event Reporting, Quality Improvement Program – Human Subjects Phone: 614-292-9848

Vanessa Hill, a certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) and Certified IRB Professional (CIP), manages the IRB-directed for-cause audit program and provides regulatory support to investigators, staff, and the IRBs. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, Vanessa served as the Director of Clinical Research Compliance and HIPAA Privacy Officer for the College of Medicine, where she developed research policies and procedures, implemented training and education initiatives, and conducted compliance assessments. She also has experience as a clinical research manager and coordinator for cancer and pediatric clinical research studies.  Vanessa earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology from The Ohio State University, and her Masters in Clinical Research Administration from George Washington University.

Justin Lahmers

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Quality Improvement Specialist Office of Responsible Research PracticesIACUC, Quality Improvement Program – Animal Subjects Phone: 614-292-0409

Justin Lahmers, a Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA), serves as a Quality Improvement Specialist and is a liaison between the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR), and the Ohio State research community to promote ethical research practices and ensure protocol performance. Prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, Justin was the Staff Training and Development Specialist in OSU’s University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR), where he developed and implemented the animal husbandry staff training program. Justin’s other professional experiences include working in the OSU Department of Animal Sciences as Beef Cattle Extension Associate and prior to that being the Herdsman at the Beef Center on the Columbus Campus. Justin earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree with a double major in Animal Sciences and Agribusiness from The Ohio State University and is a Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist (RLATG) by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.

Ryan Liersemann

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IRB Protocol Analyst 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.

Joetta Manion

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Chief of Staff Office of Responsible Research PracticesAdministration Phone: 614-292-1840

Joetta Manion serves as a strategic partner to ORRP’s leadership team and is responsible for overseeing and managing all personnel and fiscal related activities and initiatives.  Joetta received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and her Master of Arts in Workforce Development and Education from The Ohio State University.

Jessica Mayercin-Johnson

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IRB Protocol Analyst II Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer, IRB – Reliance Submissions/Agreements, IRB – WIRB Phone: 614-688-1059

Jessica Mayercin-Johnson, 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 an assistant registrar at the Ohio History Connection. Jessica earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The Ohio State University and her Master of Arts in History Museum Studies from The Cooperstown Graduate Program.

Ben McGill

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IRB Protocol Analyst II Office of Responsible Research PracticesEvent Reporting, Exempt Research, IRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-247-1557

Ben McGill, 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 clinical research assistant at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Ben earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Rhode Island.

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.

Helen O’Meara

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Associate Director, IACUC and IBC Office of Responsible Research PracticesAdministration, IACUC, IBC Phone: 614-292-0830

Helen O’Meara, Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA), provides leadership for the staff team supporting the Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committees. Helen previously served as the IACUC Quality Improvement Specialist. Prior to her Ohio State employment, Helen worked in commercial animal research laboratories directing toxicology studies. Helen received her Masters of Science in Environmental Health Science from Case Western Reserve University and has also been certified as a Laboratory Animal Technologist by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science.

Erin Odor

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IRB Protocol Analyst II Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer, IRB – CIRB, IRB – Reliance Submissions/Agreements Phone: 614-688-1332

Erin Odor, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), assists researchers with their submissions, participants 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 program coordinator in The Ohio State University Undergraduate Fellowship Office. Erin earned a Bachelor of Arts in comparative cultural studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Classics, and a Master of Arts in East Asian studies at The Ohio State University.

Ellen Patricia

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Assistant Director, IRB Quality Improvement 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 staff supporting the quality improvement activities in the university’s Human Research Protections Program. Ellen directs the post approval monitoring program that educates research teams on Ohio State University human research protection program policies and best practices. 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.

Jerry Phalan

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IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-688-7920

Jerry Phalan 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 clinical research coordinator at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Brett Phillips

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IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-292-5958

Brett Phillips assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and supports the operations of the Biomedical Sciences and Cancer Institutional Review Boards. Previously, prior to joining the Office of Responsible Research Practices, he held numerous research-related positions in The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, most recently as a regulatory compliance officer in the area of gynecological-oncology. Brett earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Ohio State University.

Meliha Rahmani

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Quality Improvement Specialist – IRB Review 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.

Aaron Seddon

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IRB Protocol Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIRB – Biomedical Sciences, IRB – Cancer Phone: 614-688-2208

Aaron Seddon 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 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.

Jake Stoddard

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IRB Operations Program Manager 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), provides leadership to the staff responsible for assisting researchers with their submissions and supporting the Behavioral & Social Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB). Jake also oversees the exempt submission and review process and serves as a member of the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Cancer, and Biomedical Sciences IRBs. Jake earned his Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from The Ohio State University.

Kirsten Thomas

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IRB Protocol Analyst 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.

Kim Toussant

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Director Office of Responsible Research PracticesAdministration Phone: 614-292-8613

Kim Toussant is the Director of the Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP).  Prior to joining the ORRP, Kim was the administrative director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and continues in the role of co-Director of the CCTS Regulatory Program. She previously also held the position of clinical research manager for the National Institutes of Health funded Women’s Health Initiative and the Osteoarthritis Initiative, as well as industry sponsored pharmaceutical clinical trials. Kim holds a Masters degree in public administration and a Masters in Business Operational Excellence from The Ohio State University. She received a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the Fisher College of Business and research administrator certification from the Research Administrators Certification Council.

John Yocom

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Quality Improvement Business Specialist Office of Responsible Research PracticesCITI Training – Human & Animal Subjects, Quality Improvement Program – Human Subjects Phone: 614-688-8673

John Yocom provides support for the development and implementation of various technology initiatives for the Office of Responsible Research Practice. John is a liaison between the business and technology teams and communicates and collaborates with external and internal customers to analyze information needs and gather functional requirements. Previously, John served as the administrative manager for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Prior to joining the ORRP, John worked as a research specialist in animal research labs at the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Arizona. John received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Anthony Yonkura

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Senior IACUC/IBC Analyst Office of Responsible Research PracticesIACUC, IBC Phone: 614-292-4494

Anthony Yonkura, a Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA), assists researchers with their submissions, participates in educational outreach efforts, and supports the operations of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Anthony received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Baldwin-Wallace College.