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Research Policies, Compliance and Committees

The Office of Research Policies, Compliance and Committees (ORPCC) supports and educates the UH research community in all areas of compliance with federal regulations concerning human subjects, animal subjects, conflicts of interest, grant congruency, and responsible conduct of research.


Kirstin Rochford is the Executive Director of the Office of Research Policies, Compliance, and Committees. With an initial background in research and over 15 years of research administration experience, Rochford oversees the University’s two Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Conflict of Interest Committee (COIC), and serves as UH’s Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Coordinator.

Jennifer Edge
Assistant Director

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Dr. Thomas Todd
IACUC Veterinarian

Sarah Viranda
Research Compliance Analyst (IACUC)

Conflict of Interest/RCR

Penny Maher
Research Compliance Specialist (COI)

Grant Congruency/RCR

Dr. Laura Gutierrez
Research Compliance Specialist

Institutional Review Boards

Alicia Vargas
Research Compliance Analyst

Samoya Copeland
Research Compliance Analyst (IRB 1)

Maria (Nettie) Martinez
Research Compliance Analyst (IRB 2)

Danielle Griffin
Research Compliance Specialist (IRB 3)