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Naomi Schrag

(212) 854-8123

Naomi Schrag is the Associate Vice President for Research Compliance in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, and the University's Research Integrity Officer (RIO). She oversees work on issues such as research misconduct, conflict-of-interest and international research compliance, and collaborates closely with other offices across the University to develop integrated approaches to compliance and training. Before joining Columbia in January 2006, Ms. Schrag practiced law for nine years, focusing on regulatory compliance and litigation involving biomedical research, with clients including pharmaceutical companies and not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Schrag also clerked in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Ms. Schrag graduated from New York University School of Law in 1995. Before entering law school, she worked on an oral history of the Holocaust for the Museum of Jewish Heritage. 

Michael Klein

(212) 851-2896

Michael Klein is the Associate Director of Research Compliance.  His work focuses on research compliance issues such as conflict-of-interest, research misconduct, and international research.  Before joining Columbia in July 2008, Mr. Klein served for three years as senior attorney with the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, the state‚Äôs interdisciplinary bioethics commission.  He also has held legal positions with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.  Mr. Klein graduated from Columbia Law School in 1999.  Before entering law school, he received an M.A. in science writing from the Johns Hopkins University. 

Joel Roselin

(212) 851-2897

Joel Roselin is the Assistant Director of Research Compliance Education. His work focuses on creating educational programs on research compliance and research ethics for the Columbia research community, including faculty and staff, students, and post-doctoral research fellows. Before joining Columbia, Mr. Roselin was Program Specialist in medical ethics at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Ethics in Health Care. Prior to VA, he spent six years as the Director of Public Programs in the Harvard Medical School Division of Medical Ethics. Mr. Roselin is a former fellow in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School and has a degree in ethics from the Harvard Divinity School.

Michelle Avallone

(212) 851-9822

Michelle Avallone is the Research Export Control Officer. Her work focuses on matters relating to export controls and international research. Before joining Columbia in 2013, Ms. Avallone was an attorney in private practice focusing on government contracts and export controls. Ms. Avallone graduated from Columbia Law School in 2006. Prior to law school, she received a M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University. 

Michelle Benson

(212) 851-7281

Michelle Benson is the Research Integrity Program Specialist. Her work focuses on promoting research integrity through various workshops and trainings, providing data management consultations, and performing data validations. Michelle has a Ph.D. in materials chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to Columbia, Michelle was an adjunct faculty member at colleges in New Jersey, teaching chemistry to undergraduates and nursing students.

Heather Koenig 

(212) 854-4261

Heather Koenig is the Administrative Manager for the Office of Research Compliance and Training.

Laura Sit

(212) 851-2899

Laura Sit is the Compliance Specialist in the Office of Research Compliance and Training.

Davlyn La

(212) 851-2898 

Davlyn La is the Coordinator at the Office of Research Compliance and Training.