Susan Garfinkel

Dr. Garfinkel received a Ph.D. in Genetics from The George Washington University in 1990 and then worked in research laboratories focused on cellular aging and cell signaling pathways in vascular cells. Subsequently, Dr. Garfinkel held various administrative positions in both public and U.S. government offices.

In late 2017, Dr. Garfinkel became the Assistant Vice President, Research Compliance at The Ohio State University. Prior to that, she worked for nearly 15 years in the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and was the Director for the Division of Investigative Oversight managing research misconduct allegations and the oversight review of investigations.

Before her tenure at ORI, Dr. Garfinkel was the Director of Research Grants for a non-profit organization that funded research in age-related degenerative diseases and stem cell research. She also worked as a Program Officer at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she managed the Lung Cell and Vascular Biology program.

In addition to these positions, Dr. Garfinkel served as the Chair of the Public Education Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) to help inform the public about the scientific and ethical issues related to stem cell research, and was faculty for the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center (ASTAR), participating in conferences to train State and Federal court judges on various scientific and technologic issues related to genetics and molecular biology.