ICRE Commencement

The Institute for Clinical Research Education recognized degree program and training program graduates at the ICRE Commencement Ceremony held on May 22nd. This event honored the 79 graduates who have completed an ICRE program within the last academic year. Congratulations to all graduates and a special note of thanks to the eventís keynote speaker Dr. Matthew Rosengart.

Personnel Changes

New Staff

We are pleased to announce that Megan Dooley is the new Student Services Coordinator. Megan Dooley has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Washtenaw Community College with 6+ years of administrative experience. Megan previously held a job with JLL at the Google Ann Arbor headquarters in Michigan, and recently moved to Pittsburgh to start her career at Pitt. Megan will assist our degree program students with enrollment, graduate, admissions and other academic needs.

We are also pleased to announce that we were joined in August by Cierra Jenkins who has been hired as the new ICRE Fiscal Specialist. Cierra comes to us from the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. She started there in 2006 as an Administrative Assistant and subsequently was promoted to Admin I, Financial Assistant, and most recently in 2016 to a Financial Analyst position. Cierra has experience in managing grant pre- and post-award activities, a K12 program, and P and T cards, and in balancing discretionary accounts, among other duties. We are confident she will be a great addition to our team.


We said goodbye to Minuet Kurjakovic, Student Services Coordinator, this past spring as she seized an opportunity to begin a career with the PNC banking corporation. We wish her well!

It was bittersweet to say goodbye to Jessica Poli, ICRE Fiscal Specialist, in July, when she moved to the Houston, Texas, area to begin an exciting new job. Jessica always held such a positive demeanor and really brought customer service to the forefront in managing our fellows and trainees. We will miss her smile and laugh and wish her the best in this exciting new chapter.

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