Office of Research Protections and Integrity (ORPI)

Advancing Ethical Research at UNC Charlotte

 
The Office of Research Protections and Integrity (ORPI) provides oversight, education, and support for integrity and compliance issues related to research at UNC Charlotte. Our staff promotes ethical and high-quality research by partnering with faculty, staff, and students in the navigation of the evolving regulatory environment.

As the University’s hub for research oversight, the ORPI encompasses programs for Animal Care and Use, Biosafety, Conflict of Interest, Export Control, Human Subjects Research Protection, Laboratory Animal Resources, and Research Integrity (Research Misconduct and Responsible Conduct of Research). Dr. Angelica Martins serves as the Executive Director for the unit. Please refer to the contacts below and to our component program pages for resources to support your work at the University. We look forward to assisting you!

Our Programs:
 

  • Conflict of Interest - Assists faculty and staff with program-related form submission and policies, especially U.P. 101.24, Conflicts of Interest and Commitment, and U.P. 102.1, External Professional Activities of Faculty and Other Professional Staff. Reviews conflict of interest (COI) disclosure forms and coordinates with department heads and the UNC Charlotte COI Committee to mitigate conflicts of interest.
  • Human Subjects Research - Facilitates the activities of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and supports investigators pursuing approval to conduct human subjects research.
  • Biosafety - In conjunction with the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), ensures safe and compliant use of biohazardous materials in campus research.
  • Export Control - Protects the transfer of information, technology, commodities, and software in accordance with Federal law.
  • Research Integrity - Addresses allegations of research misconduct in accordance with University policy and federal regulations.  Facilitates responsible conduct of research training in fulfillment of sponsor requirements.
  • Animal Care and Use - Coordinates the review of animal protocols by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to ensure the ethical use of vertebrate animals in research or teaching. 
  • Laboratory Animal Resources - Manages care of vertebrate animals used in research and supports investigators with tailored training and research services.

Contacts:

 

Dr. Angelica Martins
Executive Director of Research Protections and Integrity and Research Integrity Officer (RIO)
704-687-1876

Sherry Loyd
Associate Director of Research Protections and Integrity and COI Manager
704-687-8270 

Cat Runden
IRB Manager 
704-687-1871

Tyler Forgette
IRB Specialist
704-687-1872

Dr. Cathy Moore
Biosafety Officer
704-687-1825

John Jacobs
Facility Security Officer and Export Control Officer
704-687-1877

Vacant
IACUC Coordinator
704-687-1872

Michael Braham
Research Protections and Integrity Analyst
704-687-8046

David Cannon
Research Protections and Integrity Specialist
704-687-1878

Mary Tomida
Research Protections and Integrity Consultant
 

Dr. Glicerio Ignacio
Attending Veterinarian
704-687-5017

Associate Director, Laboratory Animal Resources
704-687-8318

Hernando Gordils
Research Specialist
704-687-8368

Research Technician
704-687-0651