IRB Committee Rosters

All research involving human subjects must be submitted to the IRB for approval. FIU has two separate IRB panels and also has a relationship with Western IRB (WIRB) for reviewing clinical trial submissions.

Health Sciences IRB (HS-IRB) reviews all medical and health research protocols (except those that meet the criteria for Western IRB review). HS-IRB members come from diverse backgrounds and have a broad range of both scientific and non-scientific expertise.

Social and Behavioral IRB (SB-IRB) reviews all non-medical research protocols including, but not limited to social, behavioral, humanities, education, anthropology, journalism, history, and environmental studies. The SB-IRB does not review protocols that are regulated by the FDA. SB-IRB members come from diverse backgrounds and have a broad range of both scientific and non-scientific expertise.

Protocols are assigned to an IRB Member by the IRB Coordinator. An IRB Member may defer reviewing a proposal for the following reasons: 1) the IRB Member does not have the expertise to review the specific area of research, 2) there is a conflict of interest, 3) the co-investigator is a student who they advise, or 4) time constraints.

Exempt and Expedited Reviews occur continuously throughout the month.

Full Board Review of the SB-IRB normally occurs on the last Friday of the month (subject to change). Please review the submission schedule for further information.

Full Board Review of the HS-IRB normally occurs on the last Wednesday of the month (subject to change). Please review the submission schedule for further information.

SB-IRB Representatives
FIU SB-IRB Members Department Contact Phone #
Mary Jo Trepka, SB-IRB Chairperson College of Public Health (305) 348-7186
Dawn Addy, IRB Representative Center for Labor Research & Studies (305) 348-2615
Alok Deoraj, IRB Representative College of Public Health (305) 348-7793
Consuelo Beck-Sague, IRB Representative College of Public Health (305) 348-4504
Adriana Campa, IRB Representative College of Public Health (305) 348-2871
Jonathan Comer, IRB Representative Psychology (305) 348-7580
Maureen Kenny, IRB Representative Leadership & Professional Studies (305) 348-3506
Aurora Morcillo, IRB Representative History (305) 348-3768
Erica Musser, IRB Representative Psychology (305) 348-1034
George O’Brien, IRB Representative Curriculum & Instruction (305) 348-2599
Bennett Schwartz, IRB Representative Psychology (305) 348-4025
Margaret Sibley, IRB Representative Psychiatry (305) 348-3005
Kimberly Taylor, IRB Representative Marketing/CBA (305) 348-3318
Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh, IRB Representative Chemistry & Biochemistry (305) 348-4956
Weirui Wang, IRB Representative Communications (305) 919-4428
External SB-IRB Member
Marina Bravo, Non-affiliated Community Member
Amanda Limongi, Non-affiliated Community Member
Miguel Zaldivar, Non-affiliated Community Member
Ex-Officio SB-IRB Members/Administration
(Non-Voting)
Department Contact Phone #
Maria Melendez-Vargas, IRB Coordinator, Office of Research Integrity Office of Research and Economic Development (305) 348-8311
Christopher Grayson, Director, Office of Research Integrity Office of Research and Economic Development (305) 348-8379
Isis Carbajal de Garcia, Deputy General Counsel Office of the General Counsel (305) 348-2103
Tamece Knowles, Biosafety Officer Environmental Health & Safety (305) 348-3387
Eric Johnson, Systems Programming Manager Computing and Information Sciences (305) 348-4021
HS-IRB Representatives
FIU HS-IRB Members Department Contact Phone #
Adriana Campa, HS-IRB Chairperson College of Public Health (305) 348-2871
Juan Acuna, IRB Representative Obstetrics & Gynecology, COM (305) 348-0676
Dawn Addy, IRB Representative Center for Labor Research & Studies (305) 348-2615
Ellen Brown, IRB Representative Nursing and Health Sciences (305) 348-1312
Jennifer Doherty-Restrepo, IRB Representative Nursing (305) 348-3398
Karin Esposito, IRB Representative Psychiatry and Behavioral Health (305) 348-4147
Michelle Hospital, IRB Representative Integrated Science & Humanity (305) 348-4867
Amy Paul-Ward, IRB Representative Occupational Therapy (305) 348-3104
Ch. V. Rao, IRB Representative COM – Cellular Biology & Pharmacology (305) 348-0659
Jessica Ramella Roman, IRB Representative Biomedical Engineering (305) 348-3015
Laurie Shrage, IRB Representative Philosophy/Women?s Studies (305) 348-2408
Mary Jo Trepka, IRB Representative College of Public Health (305) 348-7186
Eric Wagner, IRB Representative Social Work (305) 348-5612
Juan Zevallos, IRB Representative COM – Medical and Population (305) 348-7640
External HS-IRB Members
Marina Bravo, Non-affiliated Community Member
Amanda Limongi, Non-affiliated Community Member
Miguel Zaldivar, Non-affiliated Community Member
Ex-Officio HS-IRB Members/Administration
(Non-Voting)
Department Contact Phone #
Maria Melendez-Vargas, IRB Coordinator, Office of Research Integrity Office of Research and Economic Development (305) 348-8311
Christopher Grayson, Director, Office of Research Integrity Office of Research and Economic Development (305) 348-8379
Isis Carbajal de Garcia, Deputy General Counsel Office of the General Counsel (305) 348-2103
Eric Johnson, Systems Programming Manager Computing and Information Sciences (305) 348-4021
Tamece Knowles, Biosafety Officer Environmental Health & Safety (305) 348-3387
Michael Paez, Biosafety Officer College of Medicine (305) 348-6078