Currently Vacant: Compliance Coordinator (IRB/IACUC), Research Compliance and Regulatory Programs
Research Compliance Officer Hila Berger serves as the Research Compliance and Integrity Director with oversight over the IRB, IACUC, FCOI, Medicare and HIPAA program areas. She is responsible for outreach and educational activities for faculty and students conducting human subjects and animal research. She provides expertise and guidance in the conduct of inquiries and investigations into the ethical conduct of research. She also volunteers as an advisory group member for PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research) and as a committee member on the Rutgers University IRB. Ms. Berger received her master’s in Public Health from Rutgers University, formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Public Health, and is certified as an IRB professional.
As a physiological ecologist, Lisa’s primary interest is in organism-level biology: how individual organisms function and behave, how they are influenced by their environment and their evolutionary history, and how this ultimately leads to the evolution of biological diversity. Her research focuses on the physiological ecology of reptiles and amphibians, integrating lab and field studies, often with a conservation-oriented approach. Her current major areas of study include the evolutionary and ecological patterns underlying osmoregulatory strategies used by reptiles with high-salt diets and the impact of anthropogenic changes to environmental salinity on temperate zone amphibian species; she is involved in several other projects as well. In both of her main areas of study, she has found fascinating variation among species in how they cope physiologically and behaviorally with environmental or dietary salts, with profound implications for the evolution of physiological traits and for the conservation of imperiled species. Students participate in all aspects of her research, and several have been co-authors on conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications.
Reporting a Concern
Reports of any animal care and use concerns can be submitted to the IACUC Office via the link provided below, campus mail, e-mail, fax, in person or by telephone to the IACUC Office.
If you, as the person filing the form, wish to be informed of the actions taken in response to the report, please include your contact information on the form. Otherwise, you may remain anonymous. In all cases, your concern will be handled confidentially to the extent reasonably possible. The Animal Welfare Act provides that, “No facility employee, Committee member, or laboratory personnel shall be discriminated against or be subject to any reprisal for reporting violations of any regulations or standards under the Act.” (9 CFR § 2.32(c)(4)).
Upon submission of the report, the IACUC Office staff will review the report, make the appropriate notifications and begin the investigation. If immediate or urgent veterinary care is required, the IO and Veterinarian will be immediately contacted and will take appropriate action.