Meet the IRB

IRB Staff

The staff support and facilitate the IRB processes. The staff work in different capacities to conduct study reviews, study audits and education sessions for the research community.

Meet the IRB Staff

  • Julie Cullinane, IRB Coordinator
  • Mary McCabe, IRB Analyst
  • Ed Szkutak, Senior IRB Analyst
  • LaNeia Thomas, Quality Improvement Specialist
  • Sonia Chawla Wright, Senior IRB Analyst

IRB Director

The IRB Director oversees the human research protection program. The IRB Director works closely with the IRB Chair and the Institutional Official to ensure that human subjects are protected and that the institution complies with its obligations stated in agreements with the federal government.

Meet the IRB Director

The Institutional Official

The Institutional Official (IO) is a senior official who has the authority to commit BU to legally binding terms and agreements with federal agencies. The IO is responsible for ensuring that the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) functions effectively and that the institution provides the resources and support necessary to comply with all requirements applicable to research involving human subjects. The IO appoints the IRB Chair and IRB members and reports unanticipated problems and non-compliance that is serious and/or continuing to federal agencies.

Kathryn Mellouk serves as the Institutional Official for the Charles River Campus IRB.

IRB Chair & Vice Chair

The IRB Chair and Vice Chair are directly responsible for overseeing the protection of research participants by ensuring the proper review, approval, disapproval or determination of exemption from further review of research protocols submitted to the IRB. The Chairs facilitate the Full Board Committee meetings and ensure that the review process meets regulatory standards.

IRB Members

The IRB Members are responsible for reviewing IRB applications (this includes new studies, amendments, continuing reviews, adverse events and unanticipated problems). The IRB Members bring together a diverse set of experiences and expertise.

Current Expertise and/or School Representation:

  • Anthropology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • BioStatistics
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Science
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Neuromuscular Research
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Prisoner Research
  • Psychology
  • Research Regulatory Affairs
  • Social Work
  • Theology
We are always looking to expand the University representation on the IRB. Email us if you are interested in learning more about opportunities for board membership.