Research and Safety Committees

The UTRGV's Safety Committees provide guidance and administrative oversight of environmental health and safety programs in the academic research. These committees are charged with responsibility to act in an advisory and consultative capacity regarding the administration, implementation and coordination of policies and procedures for safety and environmental health in University research activities.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Members

Dr. Laura Seligman
IRB Chair- Scientist
Professor, Psychological Science
     
Dr. Sandra Laston
IRB Vice Chair- Scientist
Associate Professor of Research, South
    Texas Diabetes & Obesity Institute
 
Dr. Rector Arya IRB Member- Scientist
Assistant Professor of Research, South
    Texas Diabetes & Obesity Institute
     
Dr. Michael Mahaney
IRB Member – Scientist
Professor of Research, South Texas
    Preventive Medicine
   
Linda Nelson IRB Member - Scientist Senior Director Clinical Operations
     
Dr. Bassent Abdelbary IRB Member - Scientist Clinical Assistant Professor, Cooperative
    Pharmacy Program
     
Dr. Veronica Umeasiegbu IRB Alternate Member - Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Services
  Scientist & Counseling
 
Jennifer Saxton
IRB Member-
Assistant Professor, Theatre
  Non-Scientist  
     
Dr. Karin Lewis
IRB Member-
Assistant Professor, Human
  Non-Scientist Development & School Services
   
Kristy E. Ochoa IRB Non-Affiliated   Physician Assistant, Doctor Office
  Community Member  
     
Diane Sheppard IRB Member –

Chief Compliance Officer,

  Non-Scientist Institutional Compliance
     
Glorimar Colon Ex-Officio Non- Interim Director for Research
  Voting IRB Member Compliance
     
Kimberly Fernandez Ex-Officio Non- Sr. Research Compliance Specialist,
  Voting IRB Member Office of Research Compliance
     
Nadia Garza de Ramirez Ex-Officio Non-Voting Research Compliance Specialist,
   IRB Member Office of Research Compliance
     
Lynne Depeault Ex-Officio Non-Voting Sr. Research Compliance Specialist,
  IRB Member Office of Research Compliance
     
Dr. Andrew Tsin Ex-Officio Non-Voting Professor, SOM Chair of Biomedical
  IRB Member Sciences Department /
    Associate Dean of Research

When and where does the IRB meet for the current academic year?

IRB committee meetings are scheduled monthly, including during the summer months. The exact meeting dates are based on committee member schedules and are therefore vary from semester to semester. A list of meeting dates and deadlines to submit may be found on the IRB institutional website.


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Members

Dr. Christopher Vitek IACUC Chair, Scientist 2020- August 31
Dr. Annelyn Torres IACUC Scientist 2020- August 31
Dr. Jameela Banu IACUC Scientist 2020- August 31
Dr. Christopher Taylor IACUC Scientist 2019 - August 31
Mr. Javier De Leon IACUC External Member 2019 - August 31
Dr. Susheelabai Srinivasa IACUC Non-Scientist 2019 - August 31
Dr. Sander Hacker IACUC Attending Veterinarian ongoing
Ms. Cordelia Rasa Ex-Officio ongoing
Dr. Richard Costello Ex-Officio ongoing
 Ms. Lynne Depeault  Ex-Officio  ongoing
Ms. Glorimar Colon Ex-Officio ongoing

When does the IACUC meet for the current academic year?

Facility Semi-Annual Inspections – November 2018 and May 2019
Program Review – November 2018
IACUC Meetings (TBA) – November 2018, January 2019, May 2019 and August 2019


Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Members

Dr. Daniele Provenzano IBC Chair, Scientist 2020- August 31
Dr. John Thomas IBC Scientist 2020- August 31
Dr. Julie Mustard IBC Scientist 2019 - August 31
Dr. Mathew Johnson IBC Vice Chair, Scientist 2019 - August 31
E. Anthony Reisinger IBC External Member 2019 - August 31
Dr. Megan Keniry IBC Scientist 2020- August 31
Dr. Laura Decanini IBC External Member 2020- August 31
Dr. Richard Costello Ex-Officio ongoing
Ms. Cordelia Rasa Ex-Officio ongoing
Ms. Lynne Depeault Ex-Officio ongoing
Ms. Glorimar Colon Ex-Officio ongoing
Mr. Javier Garcia Ex-Officio 2020- August 31


When and where does the IBC meet for the current academic year?

October 19, 2018 Brownsville 1:30pm - 3:30pm
November 30, 2018 Edinburg 1:30pm - 3:30pm
February 22, 2019 Brownsville 1:30pm - 3:30pm
April 12, 2019 Harlingen 1:30pm - 3:30pm
June 7, 2019 Weslaco 1:30pm - 3:30pm