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Email: IRB@ucsf.edu – Please email general questions. Contact your analyst directly using the staff directory below when possible.
Main Phone: 415-476-1814
Fax: 415-502-1347
Campus Box: 0962

Address: UCSF
Human Research Protection Program, Box 0962
3333 California Street, Suite 315
San Francisco, CA 94143 (use zip code 94118 for UPS, FedEx or other deliveries)

Staff Directory

Please contact your analyst for assistance. If you are unsure who your analyst is, track your submission in iRIS. Staff are grouped below by the type of work they do in the office.

Directors
Christopher Ryan

Christopher Ryan, PhD
HRPP Director
415-476-9840
Christopher.Ryan@ucsf.edu

I oversee the operations of the IRB office, am responsible for establishing IRB policies and procedures, and work closely with faculty to facilitate their research. I also serve as Director of the CTSI Regulatory Knowledge and Support Core. As a clinical neuropsychologist, I have conducted research for more than 35 years on the neurocognitive correlates and consequences of medical disorders and their treatment.

Elena Hoskin

Elena Hoskin, MPH CCRA
HRPP Associate Director
415-514-2152
elena.hoskin@ucsf.edu

I work closely with the Director of HRPP, coordinating operations of the IRB office, providing guidance and training to faculty and campus members. I am responsible for establishing and managing reliance agreements, and work to develop the UCSF central IRB program to promote collaborative research.

Laurie Herraiz

Laurie Herraiz, CIP, CCRP
QIU Director
HRPP Assistant Director
415 514-9246
Laurie.Herraiz@ucsf.edu

I oversee the Quality Improvement Unit, whose mission is to support UCSF’s mandate to protect the rights and welfare of research participants. The QIU does this through post-approval event monitoring, site visits, education and other compliance activities.

New Studies  Exempt or Expedited/Minimal Risk Research 
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Joanne Mickalian, MA, CIP
Expedited and Exempt Coordinator Manager
415-476-1744
Joanne.Mickalian@ucsf.edu

I manage the IRB analysts who process exempt and expedited review studies. I also screen and review many of these studies.

Cheri Etter

Cheri Etter, CIP
GESCR Coordinator/ Expedited and Exempt Coordinator
415-476-8714
Cheri.Etter@ucsf.edu

I process submissions for the Human Gamete, Embryo and Stem Cell Research (GESCR) Committee. I also review new exempt and expedited studies for the IRB.

Wendy Goldberger

Wendy Goldberger, MS
Expedited and Exempt Coordinator
415-502-2328
Wendy.Goldberger@ucsf.edu

I process new expedited and exempt studies for the IRB.

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Michelle LeMenager, CIP
Expedited and Exempt Coordinator
Michelle.LeMenager@ucsf.edu

I process new expedited and exempt studies for the IRB. Please note I am available only by email.

Judith Navratil
Judith Navratil, MA, CIP
Expedited and Exempt Coordinator
Judith.Navratil@ucsf.edu

I process new expedited and exempt studies for the IRB. Please note I am available only by email.

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Donna Woo, MA, CIP
Expedited and Exempt Coordinator
Donna.Woo@ucsf.edu

I process new expedited and exempt studies for the IRB. Please note I am available only by email.

New Studies  Full Committee​/Greater than Minimal Risk Research

Neha Kaul

Neha Kaul, MS, MA (Bioethics)
Senior Manager, IRB
415-502-3370
Neha.Kaul@ucsf.edu

I manage the analysts who process full committee review studies.

Annette Bugatto

Annette Bugatto, CIP
Parnassus Committee Coordinator
415-502-0170
Annette.Bugatto@ucsf.edu

I process new studies that require full committee review for the Parnassus IRB Committee. I also manage the meeting agendas for that committee.

Karen Chao

Karen Chao, PhD, CIP
Laurel Heights Committee Coordinator
415-502-4353
Karen.Chao@ucsf.edu

I process new studies that require full committee review for the Laurel Heights IRB Committee. I also manage the meeting agendas for that committee.

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Jason Keenan
Quality Assurance Coordinator and Mt. Zion Committee Coordinator
415-514-3822
Jason.Keenan@ucsf.edu

I process new studies that require full committee review for the Mt. Zion IRB Committee and manage the meeting agendas for that committee. I also facilitate emergency use requests. Working in the QIU, I conduct routine site visits, review post-approval reports – such as adverse events and protocol violations – and conduct other QI activities.

Elizabeth Mendelsohn

Elizabeth Mendelsohn, CIP
San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Committee Coordinator
415-476-8148
Elizabeth.Mendelsohn@ucsf.edu

I process new studies that require full committee review for the SFGH IRB Committee, which includes studies at the SFDPH. I also manage the meeting agendas for the SFGH IRB committee.

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Michael Shaffer, CIP
Full Committee Coordinator
415-476-6097
Michael.Shaffer@ucsf.edu

Mt. Zion coordinator: I process full committee submissions for all four IRB committees.

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Meghan Tedesco
Cancer Center Coordinator
415-514-3823
Meghan.Tedesco@ucsf.edu

I process submissions for studies conducted by researchers from the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Eugene Vu
Full Committee/iRIS Coordinator
415-514-4948
Eugene.Vu@ucsf.edu

My primary responsibility is screening initial submissions for full committee studies (non-cancer). I also assist with iRIS projects.

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Cancer Committee Coordinator – Position Currently Vacant

Modifications, Continuing Reviews and Closeout Reports
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Marcia Ewing
Assistant Coordinator (temporary)
415-514-3824
Marcia.Ewing@ucsf.edu

I work at the HRPP front desk and triage phone calls and emails. I occasionally process modifications and continuing review for studies that do not involve subject contact.

 

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Sarah Hourston
San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Committee Assistant Coordinator
415-502-7730
Sarah.Hourston@ucsf.edu

I process modifications and continuing reviews that are reviewed by the SFGH IRB Committee.

Claudette Mandac
Parnassus Committee Assistant Coordinator
415-476-1172
ClaudetteAnne.Mandac@ucsf.edu

I process modifications and continuing reviews that are reviewed by the Parnassus IRB Committee.

Jessica Phillips

Jessica Phillips
Laurel Heights Committee Assistant Coordinator
415-476-3477
Jessica.Phillips@ucsf.edu

I process modifications and continuing reviews that undergo review by the Laurel Heights IRB committee.

Karen Simpkins

Karen Simpkins, MLS
Mt. Zion Committee Assistant Coordinator
415-476-9134
Karen.Simpkins@ucsf.edu

I process modifications and continuing reviews that are reviewed by the Mt. Zion IRB committee.

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Iya (Maria) Vargas
Assistant Coordinator
MariaEsperanza.Vargas@ucsf.edu
415-514-0875

I work at the HRPP front desk and triage phone calls and emails. I occasionally process modifications and continuing review for studies that do not involve subject contact.

Adverse Events, Protocol Violations, Other Safety Info and Site Visits: Quality Improvement Unit (QIU)

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Jason Keenan
Quality Assurance Coordinator and Mt. Zion Committee Coordinator
415-514-3822
Jason.Keenan@ucsf.edu

Working in the QIU, I conduct routine site visits, review post-approval reports – such as adverse events and protocol violations – and conduct other QI activities. I also process new studies that require full committee review for the Mt. Zion IRB Committee, manage the meeting agendas for that committee and facilitate emergency use requests.

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Quality Assurance Coordinator – Position Currently Vacant

Education and Training

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Education and Training Coordinator – Position Currently Vacant

See the Education Opportunities page for upcoming training events. Contact our office with questions.

GESCR

Cheri Etter

Cheri Etter, CIP
GESCR Coordinator/ Expedited and Exempt Coordinator
415-476-8714
Cheri.Etter@ucsf.edu

I process submissions for the Human Gamete, Embryo and Stem Cell Research (GESCR) Committee. I also review new exempt and expedited studies for the IRB.

Business Analyst and Other Staff
Bruce Miller
Bruce Miller
Senior Business Analyst
415-502-2180
 
I handle the HRPP office's business tasks, which includes processing IRB review recharge fees.

Melanie Mace
IRB Analyst
Melanie.Mace@ucsf.edu

I manage the IRB website. Please note that I am only available by email.

Kate Nolan

Kate Nolan, MPH, CIP
RKS - HRPP Liaison
415-476-3067
Kate.Nolan@ucsf.edu

I am a liaison between the CTSI Regulatory Knowledge and Support (RKS) Program and IRB. The RKS supports researchers in navigating research-related regulatory and compliance issues.

Liz Tioupine

Liz Tioupine, CIP
Sr. System and Process Administrator
415-502-3193
Elizabeth.Tioupine@ucsf.edu

I manage the iRIS system at UCSF, collaborate with the vendor on system updates and bug fixes, write and run reports, and manage special projects. Please contact your assigned analyst or our main phone line or email for help with iRIS issues.

VA Clinical Research Office and CTSI CRS

VA Clinical Research Office: 415-221-4810, ext. 26425, Gregory Green or Luzille Magcaling

CTSI Clinical Research Services (CRS): 415-514-2292, Leslie Mullin