Research Integrity Leadership

Sheila Garrity

Sheila R. Garrity, JD, MPH, MBA
Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Research Integrity Officer

Sheila Garrity is responsible for policy development, informational sessions, and development of educational modules to assist investigators with understanding their ethical and fiduciary responsibilities with regard to their research. She oversees the operations of the Office of Laboratory and Radiation Safety, the Office of Human Research, the Animal Research Facilities, and Regulatory Affairs.

Garrity is a national leader in the fields of research integrity and the responsible conduct of research education. She joined the George Washington University after spending over 20 years at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she most recently served as the director of the Division of Research Integrity. She is a founding member and current president of the Association for Research Integrity Officers (ARIO). Garrity earned her MBA and MPH at Johns Hopkins where she also received a Certificate in Health and Human Rights and her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Hiromi Sanders

Hiromi M. Sanders, PhD, JD
Director of Research Integrity

Hiromi Sanders is responsible for matters related to research compliance involving animal care and use, human subjects protection, financial conflicts of interest, laboratory safety, responsible conduct of research, and export controls. She serves as deputy to the university’s associate vice president for research integrity.

Sanders brings a unique perspective to this position, having served as both a researcher and an administrator. Prior to joining the George Washington University, she served as assistant director of the Office of Research Integrity at East Carolina University. Sanders earned a bachelor's of science in biology and a PhD in physiology from East Carolina University where she studied the aggregation of amyloid-beta peptide species. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, she received her JD from the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Mariel Jais

Mariel Jais, MS, PharmD
Manager, Office of Laboratory Safety

Mariel Jais is the manager of the GW Office of Laboratory Safety, where she functions as the university's Biosafety Officer, charged with overseeing laboratory, laser and radiation safety in GW’s rapidly expanding research community.

Jais has a master’s degree in biochemistry and a doctor of pharmacy degree, both from Córdoba National University, in Argentina. Prior to this role, Jais was a researcher in the areas of HIV and HIV-related diseases at the University of Pittsburgh and the George Washington University.

Catrina King

Catrina King, VMD, PhD, DACLAM
Head Veterinarian and Veterinary Services Director

As GW’s head veterinarian and veterinary services director, Catrina King works closely with principal investigators, research staff, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Facilities, and various other groups at the university to advance the animal care program and ensure continual accreditation through the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).

King has managed a variety of animal housing facilities, provided veterinary consultation for hundreds of research projects, developed and implemented training for research personnel, and served the IACUC in both academia and industry. Additionally, she has provided veterinary care for a wide array of species including aquatics, companion animals, and rodents.

King is a licensed veterinarian and a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. She obtained a PhD in cell and molecular biology at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed residency training at Columbia University. Prior to joining GW, King served as the attending veterinarian at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown, NY.

Mike Manion

Mike Manion
Director, Animal Research Facility

Mike Manion has twenty-five years of experience in the field of animal science. He is a certified Laboratory Animal Technologist with previous animal technology positions at Hazelton Laboratories, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.

Manion joined the George Washington University in 2001 as operations manager of the Animal Research Facility and was promoted to director of the facility in 2007.

Debra Paxton

Debra Paxton, MS
Director, Office of Human Research

Debra Paxton directs the Office of Human Research (OHR), which houses and supports the George Washington University (GW) Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). OHR and the IRBs facilitate the ethical and compliant use of human subjects in research. OHR and IRBs perform prior review of all research activities that involve human subjects in accordance with federal regulations, and work directly with researchers to plan and conduct compliant research.

Debra has 20 years of experience in research as both a researcher and an IRB Director. She is proficient in both biomedical and behavioral research, and serves as consultant to multiple institutions on human subjects and research integrity issues. She comes to GW from North Carolina State University, where she directed the IRB and served as an associate research integrity officer. She earned a master’s of science degree in psychology from North Carolina State University and is ABD working to finish her dissertation.