Research


Office of Research and Scholarly Activity

The Office of Research and Scholarly Activity (ORSA) supports faculty members throughout the lifecycle of sponsored funds by helping ensure each faculty member has the resources and information they need to be successful.

The support provided by the Office includes (1) identification of funding opportunities; (2) proposal guidance and submission; (3) management, reporting, and closure of awarded grants; and (4) publication of research results.

ORSA is comprised of:

Office of Grants Administration

The primary objectives of OGA are to: 

  • Assist in identifying funding opportunities
  • Provide technical assistance in the preparation of grant submissions and related budgets
  • Ensure compliance of proposal submissions with College, Sponsor and Federal Guidelines 

Staff

  • Laura Salvati, MBA, CRA – Director of Grants Administration, Research Compliance Officer, IRB Administrator, Pre-award
  • Diane Vincent, BBA (Dept. of Finance) – Contracts and Grants Accounting Manager, Post-award
  • Judy Meyers, BS, LATG – Animal Facility Manager, Environmental Health & Safety Officer, Radiation Safety Officer, IACUC & ILSC coordinator
  • Kelly Keating, PhD – Scientific Editor / Medical Writer

Committees

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The IACUC is charged with ensuring the appropriate performance of all research activities involving the use of vertebrate animals. Its membership is made up of the following individuals: 

  • Robert Levin, PhD, Chair, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ACPHS, Research Career Scientist, Stratton VA Medical Center 
  • Shaker A. Mousa, PhD, Institutional Official, Vice Provost for Research, Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ACPHS
  • Judy Meyers, Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety Officer, Animal Research Facility Manager, ACPHS
  • Barry DeCoster, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Humanities and Communication, ACPHS 
  • Vandhana M Chari, PhD, PRI Safety Coordinator, Research Scientist, Pharmaceutical Research Institute, ACPHS
  • William Stack, DVM, Attending Veterinarian
  • Matthew Tanner, PhD, Non-affiliated Member, Product Manager, InfoEd Global, Inc.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB is charged with the protection of the safety, welfare, rights, and privacy of all participants in human subject research conducted under the auspices of the College. The IRB will ensure that all human subject research performed by the administration, faculty, staff, or students of the College conform to federal and state requirements. Its membership is made up of the following individuals: 

  • Michael P. Kane, PharmD, IRB Chair, ACPHS
  • Laura Salvati, MBA (Administrator), Director of OGA, ACPHS
  • Peter Cornish, PhD, Director of Counseling Services, Student Affairs, ACPHS
  • Hamayan Sharifi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Basic and Social Sciences, ACPHS
  • Donald Pasquale, MD, (Non‐affiliated Physician Member) Attending Physician and Hematologist, Stratton VA Medical Center and Albany Medical Center Hospital 
  • Sean Philpott-Jones, PhD, MSB., Chair, Department of Bioethics Clarkson University, Capital Region Campus 
  • Tonya Jordan-Motley, (Non-scientist Member), Administrative Assistant, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ACPHS

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The IBC is charged with ensuring that scientific research involving bio specimens is conducted with the appropriate training, review and monitoring. Its membership is made up of the following individuals: 

  • Eric Yager, PhD, Chair, Dept. of Basic & Social Sciences, ACPHS
  • Judy Meyers, Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety Officer, Animal Research Facility Manager, ACPHS
  • Shaker A. Mousa, PhD, Institutional Official, Vice Provost for Research, Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ACPHS
  • Shannon Mageri, Vice President, Health Sciences, Colden Corporation
  • Vandhana M Chari, PhD, PRI Safety Coordinator, Research Scientist, Pharmaceutical Research Institute, ACPHS
  • Amanda Phillips, Instructor & Education Coordinator for CLS Program, ACPHS
  • Timothy LaRocca, PhD, Dept. of Basic & Social Sciences, ACPHS

Institutional Laboratory Safety Committee (ILSC)

The ILSC is responsible for developing and implementing policies and practices that promote a safe work environment for faculty, staff, and students. The committee coordinates training and disseminates other pertinent information that helps ensure that research and teaching are conducted in as safe a manner as possible. The ILSC is also responsible for seeing that appropriate safety equipment is available and that prudent practices are employed in the operation of College laboratories. Its membership is made up of the following individuals: 

  • Shaker A. Mousa, PhD, Institutional Official, Vice Provost for Research, Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ACPHS
  • Judy Meyers, Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety Officer, Animal Research Facility Manager, ACPHS
  • Tom DellaRocca, Director of Physical Plant, ACPHS
  • Susan Karavolas, Executive Director, Human Resources, ACPHS
  • Robert Grebert, Director of Public Safety, University Heights Association
  • Robert Hamilton, PhD, Associate Dean, Vermont Campus, ACPHS
  • Vandhana M Chari, PhD, PRI Safety Coordinator, Research Scientist, Pharmaceutical Research Institute, ACPHS
  • Shannon Mageri, Vice President, Health Sciences, Colden Corporation
  • Eric Yager, PhD, Dept. of Basic & Social Sciences, ACPHS
  • Packy McGraw, Associate VP for Administrative Operations, ACPHS
  • Michele Vien, VP of Finance, ACPHS

Research Committee

The Research Committee is an administrative committee established to foster research at ACPHS. Its role is to offer recommendations to the Vice Provost of Research on issues related to: intramural grants; extramural grants and contracts; institutional research integrity; creative and entrepreneurial activities; and related policies and procedures. Its membership is made up of the following individuals: 

  • Shaker A. Mousa, PhD, Chair, Vice Provost for Research, Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ACPHS
  • Laura Salvati, MBA (Coordinator), Director of OGA, ACPHS
  • Meenakshi Malik, DVM, PhD, Dept. of Basic & Social Sciences, ACPHS
  • Karen Glass, PhD, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ACPHS (Vermont)
  • Marcel Musteata, PhD, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ACPHS
  • Joseph Carreno, PharmD, Dept. of Pharmacy Practice, ACPHS