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Erin Rothwell, PhD

Erin Rothwell, PhD

Associate Vice President for Research
Dr. Rothwell is the Associate Vice President for Research of the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance. She has extensive experience in bioethics and human subjects protections. She served on the IRB and hospital ethics committees, and completed a competitive bioethics fellowship from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Rothwell also brings a wealth of experience with her successful program of research on informed patient decision making and the ethical implications of emerging technologies within the context of genomics, population screening and public health across the reproductive continuum of care.

Dr. Frost is the Director of the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC). She has an MPH in Population and Family Health and a PhD in Applied, Cultural, and Medical Anthropology. She is a fellow with the Society for Applied Anthropology. Dr. Frost has extensive research experience on qualitative and mixed methods research conducted in the U.S., Ghana, Japan, and Morocco. She is Co-chair of the Institutional Review Board and teaches the required Ethical Conduct of Research course for the Health Sciences & Main campuses at the University of Utah. Dr. Frost is a Research Professor in the College of Social Work and an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine.


Caren J. Frost, PhD, MPH
Director, Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC)

Heather Sudbury

Heather Sudbury

Operations Manager

Mrs. Sudbury is responsible for handling operations within the Research Integrity and Compliance office. She is a recipient of the University Staff Excellence Award. Mrs. Sudbury has worked at the University of Utah since 1999 in Pediatrics, Medical Ethics, and Research Integrity.

Mr. Barlow is the RGE Director. He has worked for the University since 1995 and for Research Administration since 2007. RGE is responsible for the administrative oversight of the Utah Population Database (UPDB), a unique and nationally renowned data resource for genetic and epidemiologic research. Jahn came to Salt Lake City from Texas in 1991 and earned a BS in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah.


Jahn Barlow, MPA
Director, Resource for Genetic Epidemiology (RGE)


Neil Bowles, PhD

Biosafety Officer

Dr. Bowles is the Director of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of London, UK in 1988. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Geneva, Switzerland and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. While a faculty member at Baylor and the University of Utah, Neil served as a member of their IBCs from 2005 to 2011, and was Chair of the Utah IBC from 2011 to 2015. In 2015, Neil became the University of Utah Biosafety Officer and has since served as the IBC Administrator and Director.

Ms. Gabler serves as the Director of Research Participant Advocacy. She has been employed by the University since 2006. She joined the Research Integrity and Compliance Office in 2008. Sadie’s role includes advocating for research participant’s rights and understanding as well as to provide community outreach and education on the importance of clinical research. She also provides education to faculty and staff on best practices for ensuring participant understanding in the research process. Sadie is a native of Kansas and received her BS degree from the University of Kansas before moving to Salt Lake City in 1995.

Sadie Gabler

Sadie Gabler
Director, Research Participant Advocacy

Dr. Johnson is the Director for the University of Utah Institutional Review Board and has been with the organization since 2006. She is an expert in human subjects research requirements and regulations. She has been a leader in establishing a single IRB process for the University of Utah, as well as the NCATS-funded Trial Innovation Network. Dr. Johnson is an active member of the research community, not only reviewing and auditing proposals for the IRB, but also having conducted research and public health interventions in the United States and abroad. She has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses and is instrumental in continuing research education for the University of Utah, providing instruction on consent form models, establishing data and tissue repositories, investigator-initiated clinical trials, and managing reportable events.


Ann Johnson, PhD, MPH

Director, Institutional Review Board


Robert Larsen

Director, Information Technology

Mr. Larsen is the Director of Information Technology.  He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah with an emphasis in Information Systems.  He later returned to the Business School as an Adjunct Instructor. He has worked for the University since 2001 and for Research Administration since 2003.  The IT Office is responsible for the Information Systems, particularly the Electronic Research Integrity & Compliance Administration (ERICA) System.  

Dr. Rinehart is the Director of the Conflict of Interest (COI) Office. After earning a BS in Biology from Louisiana State University and a PhD in Neurobiology from West Virginia University, Marc joined the University of Utah to study neurodegenerative disease. He began working in the COI Office in 2012 and has since been involved in research, education, and policy design and implementation that supports scientific integrity by identifying and minimizing bias caused by conflicts of interest.


Marc Rinehart, PhD

Director, Conflict of Interest


Last Updated: 1/29/20