Jacqueline Jeruss, whose experience as a physician-scientist has afforded her unique insight into regulatory issues ranging from conflict of interest to laboratory management, has joined the Office of the Vice President for Research to lead universitywide efforts around research policy and compliance.
The Board of Regents approved her five-year appointment as associate vice president for research-research policy and compliance May 19, effective immediately. Jeruss will work alongside Michael Imperiale until his five-year appointment concludes June 30.
As associate vice president for research, Jeruss provides oversight and management of multiple OVPR safeguard units, including Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship, Conflict of Interest, Research Security, International Engagement and Export Controls. She also serves as the university’s institutional research integrity officer, overseeing, investigating and addressing research misconduct.
“The University of Michigan is an international leader in research and scholarship, with a reputation for outstanding science and cutting-edge innovation emanating from our three campuses,” Jeruss said. “Simultaneously, it is critical that teams across U-M are able to advance knowledge, solve crucial challenges and spark positive change, all while maintaining the values of integrity, transparency and trust.”
Jeruss, who joined U-M in 2014, will maintain her role as associate dean for regulatory affairs at the Medical School, where she is a professor of surgery, pathology and biomedical engineering.
She received her medical degree from the University of Vermont and completed her surgical training and Ph.D. at Northwestern University, followed by fellowship training at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Her research focuses on surgical ethics, novel therapeutics for aggressive breast cancer subtypes, new approaches to manage cancer metastasis, and incorporation of fertility preservation into the care of young patients with cancer.
“As a leading public research university, it is absolutely paramount that we continuously advance the culture of ethical research and compliance across our three campuses,” said Rebecca Cunningham, vice president for research and the William G. Barsan Collegiate Professor of Emergency Medicine.
“Given her experience and expertise around research policy and compliance, Dr. Jeruss will play a critical role in ensuring that we strengthen our universitywide culture, while continuing to push the frontiers of knowledge and discovery.”