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Research Integrity and Oversight (RIO) Office

The Research Integrity and Oversight (RIO) Office 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 Holzschuh is the Executive Director of the Research Integrity and Oversight (RIO) Office. With an initial background in research and over 15 years of research administration experience, Holzschuh 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.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Dr. Thomas Todd
IACUC Veterinarian

Alison Powell
Research Compliance Specialist (IACUC)

Conflict of Interest/RCR

Penny Maher
Research Compliance Specialist (COI)

Grant Congruency/RCR

Dr. Laura Gutierrez
Senior Compliance Specialist

Institutional Review Boards

Dr. Danielle Griffin
IRB Associate Director

Alicia Vargas
Research Compliance Specialist

Shehla Barlas
Research Compliance Analyst

Yolanda Davis
Research Compliance Analyst (IRB 2)

Maria (Nettie) Martinez
Research Compliance Specialist (IRB 3)