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Research and development contacts

Find contact information for VAPHS research and development staff.

Office location

Research and Development Office
Research Office Building #30, Mail Code 151
University Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15240


Walid Gellad, MD, MPH
Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development (ACOS/R&D)

Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development

Kimberly Toland
Business Manager for Research and Development

Kathleen Parks
Administrative Officer for Research


Sara Bruzdewicz
Budget Technician
Specialties: Supply orders and study participant compensation

Budget Analyst

Jessica Yasurek
VAPHS IRB Coordinator
Specialties: VAPHS IRB submissions and correspondence

Genna Mauro
R&D Coordinator/VA CIRB Liaison/External IRB Liaison
Specialties: Research and Development Committee (R&DC), VA Central IRB and commercial/external IRB submissions and correspondence

Stephanie Partee
Program Support Specialist
Specialties: Work orders and travel, publications, personnel/training/credentialing, without compensation (WOC) paperwork

Claire Raible, MPH
Research Education & Policy Specialist
Specialties: Investigator and coordinator education, research outreach, and public relations

Dana Roolf, MS
Biosafety Officer/Chemical Hygiene Officer
Specialties: Laboratory safety regulations, general safety concerns, biosafety concerns, and approval of Research orders involving potentially hazardous agents 

Rachel Socrates, MA
VAPHS IRB Administrator
Specialties: Regulatory procedures, VAPHS IRB submissions and correspondence

Elizabeth Toth
IBC/IACUC/Grants Coordinator
Specialties: Grant submissions, VAPHS Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and IACUC submissions and correspondence