Associate Director - Animal Care & Use Office
Lauren joined the Animal Care & Use Office in September 2017 as the Assistant Director of the new Quality Assurance Program; in January 2018, she was named Associate Director of the Animal Care & Use Office.
Lauren came to the University of Michigan from Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ), where she served as both the Manager and Assistant Manager for Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee Administration. In these roles, she was responsible for managing a variety of administrative processes, including protocol development, processing, and tracking; grant reporting; and the development of multiple systems to assist researchers with protocol compliance and responsible research conduct. She was also a voting member of the IACUC and involved in the overall management of the animal care and use program. Lauren has hands-on basic science research experience and also served as a research administrator for basic science departments; assisting faculty with pre- and post-award grant activities, manuscripts, presentations, and protocols.
As an active contributor to the national animal care and use community, Lauren regularly presents on best practices for IACUC research administration at conferences and higher education institutions. She is also the lead author of the monthly "Protocol Review" column in Nature's journal, Lab Animal.
In her role as Associate Director of the Animal Care & Use Office, Lauren supports the Animal Care & Use Program by assisting in the leadership and management of oversight programs for the protection of animals involved in research at the University. Current programmatic goals are to reduce regulatory burden, continue engaging the research community in programmatic improvements, and streamlining business processes to increase efficiency and effectiveness. In addition, Lauren also oversees the Research Compliance Associates.
Lauren has a combined 20+ years of experience in IACUC administration, research administration, and basic science research in a laboratory; 17 years of which was garnered at Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ) in New Jersey.