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Meet Our Staff in Research Integrity and Compliance

The Research Integrity and Compliance (RIC) staff help researchers meet regulations so they can do their work as safely and efficiently as possible. Our team is here to help the university’s research community navigate the complex world of regulatory compliance and maintain Texas State’s reputation for research integrity. RIC administers university-wide committees that provide regulatory oversight and guidance for research involving the following:

  • human subjects
  • laboratory animal care and use
  • recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules or biohazardous materials

RIC also oversees financial conflicts of interest and export controls programs. Export controls involve federal regulations on items or information for national security and other reasons. In addition, RIC provides training that all researchers are required or highly recommended to complete, including responsible conduct of research.   


The RIC Team

Sean Rubino - Director, Research Support Services & Export Control Officer

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I have a “keep it simple” and “if it makes sense, then let’s do it” approach. I believe research compliance should act as a bridge, not a barrier, to our researcher community. I strive to provide assistance and guidance that will minimize unnecessary administrative burdens so faculty can focus on what’s important: their research. I am also an avid pickleball player and find it hard to turn down a match. Feel free to contact me with any of your research compliance questions or if you want to challenge your skills in a game of pickleball.

 

Monica Gonzales - IRB Regulatory Manager

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My role includes overseeing the Human Subjects Protection program at Texas State University. In this role I assist researchers with the IRB process and navigate federal, state, and local regulations that may apply to their research project. I am an experienced research administrator with more than 20 years of experience. My goal is to identify barriers that researchers may experience in submitting IRB protocols and work on solutions that comply with regulations. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and giving back to the community through volunteer work.

Maria Reaves - Compliance Specialist

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My approach to compliance is to be a partner and a resource for the research community. Researchers can focus on what’s important to them, and I can aid by helping them stay in compliance. I put a lot of effort into keeping up with the newest guidance and attending meetings on best practices with peers from other institutions. I don’t believe in telling people what they can’t do; instead, I try to recommend what they can do. Outside of work I spend time gardening, playing with my dogs and cats, and doing yoga.

 

Cristina Mendoza - Compliance Specialist

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I graduated from Texas State with my B.S. in aquatic biology in December 2015 and started working for the university in January 2016. At the start of the pandemic, I moved over to ORSP. Thankfully, my military experience as a Public Health Technician has prepared me for the world of compliance. My Technical Sergeant in the Air Force pushed us to be extremely thorough but also accommodating to each individual’s needs, and I’ve tried to carry that on during my time here in RIC. I’m here to assist researchers and try to make the compliance process as easy as possible.