Research Administration Faculty Advisory Board


Upholding a vibrant and progressive research enterprise requires constant engagement and advice from the faculty being served. Through a series of strategic planning activities, the research enterprise has continued to evolve in order to advance Emory’s institutional eminence.  A crucial part of this evolution is the enhanced focus on improving the research administration infrastructure to serve existing faculty, and to help recruit the best faculty domestically and internationally. 

 The establishment of the Research Administration Faculty Advisory Board (FAB) is to ensure that Emory achieves continued quality and process improvement in Emory’s research environment.  Specifically, the FAB will work with the Office of Research Administration (ORA) to provide an effective and efficient research organization to achieve Emory’s goal of excellence in research. The FAB will bring faculty researchers together with key staff to address the needs and opportunities across all areas of ORA.


The FAB will:

  • Provide insight and recommendations related to the “faculty research experience.”
  • Advise on progress of the Research Administration Strategic and Operational Plans.
  • Receive information on, and provide feedback related to, ORA’s continuous process improvement initiatives.
  • Identify challenges and discuss solutions for process improvement across ORA with appropriate consideration for prioritization of resources.
  • Report feedback and suggestions for improvement to Dr. Robert Nobles, VPRA.

Composition and duration of task force membership:

  • Faculty and faculty leaders engaged in research.
  • Composition will Include key ORA staff responsible for change management.
  • The FAB will meet once monthly.
  • Faculty appointments are for two years.  Half of faculty appointments roll off each year, except for the initial group of faculty that will have half of the group role off at two years and the remaining half will serve for three years.
  • Faculty appointments will be made annually after consultation with school deans/associate deans, department chairs, unit leaders, and the university faculty council.

Task Force Members

Provided below are the member names and backgrounds.

Miriam Vos, MD (Chair)

SOM: Gastroenterology

Carlos Del Rio, MD (Chair)

SOM: Infectious Disease

Gordon Berman, PhD

ECAS: Biology

Ann Chahroudi, MD, PhD

SOM: Infectious Diseases

Alicia DeNicola, PhD

Oxford College: Anthropology

Jennifer Felger, PhD

SOM: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Audrey Gaskin, ScD

RSPH: Epidemiology

Louise Hecker, PhD

SOM: Pulmonary

Colleen Kelley, MD

SOM: Infectious Disease

Gregory Lesinski, PhD, MPH

SOM: HMO: Med Oncology

Josh (Joshua) Levy MD, MPH

SOM: Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Carlos Moreno, PhD

WIN: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Eric Ortlund, PhD

SOM: Biochemistry

Tracie Rosser, PhD

SOM: Human Gen

Jeff Sands, MD

SOM: Medical Nephrology

David Schuster, MD, FACR

WIN: Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Jeff (Jeffrey) Staton, PhD

LGS: Political Science

Central Department Members

Provided below are the member names and backgrounds.

Robert Nobles

Vice President, ORA

Lisa Wilson

Senior Director, Strategic Operations and Training

Todd Sherer

Assoc. VP for Research, Executive Director

Inger Garnett

Director of Strategic Operations (Dragon Team)

Deepika Bhatia

Assoc. VPR Compliance

Holly Sommers

Asst. VPRA, Director OSP

Tonya Jenkins

Assoc. VPR, RAS

Edwin Bummel

Assoc. VP, RGC

April Carswell

Project Manager, SOT