Research Integrity Leadership 

Sheila R. Garrity, JD, MPH, MBA

Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Research Integrity Officer

Sheila Garrity is responsible for policy development, informational sessions, and development of educational modules to assist investigators with understanding their ethical and fiduciary responsibilities with regard to their research. She oversees the operations of the Office of Laboratory and Radiation Safety, the Office of Human Research, the Animal Research Facilities, and Regulatory Affairs.

Garrity is a national leader in the fields of research integrity and the responsible conduct of research education. She joined the George Washington University after spending over 20 years at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she most recently served as the director of the Division of Research Integrity. She is a founding member and current president of the Association for Research Integrity Officers (ARIO). Garrity earned her MBA and MPH at Johns Hopkins where she also received a Certificate in Health and Human Rights and her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.


Hiromi M. Sanders, PhD, JD

Director of Research Integrity

Hiromi Sanders is responsible for matters related to research compliance involving animal care and use, human subjects protection, financial conflicts of interest, laboratory safety, responsible conduct of research, and export controls. She serves as deputy to the university’s associate vice president for research integrity.

Sanders brings a unique perspective to this position, having served as both a researcher and an administrator. Prior to joining the George Washington University, she served as assistant director of the Office of Research Integrity at East Carolina University. Sanders earned a bachelor's of science in biology and a PhD in physiology from East Carolina University where she studied the aggregation of amyloid-beta peptide species. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, she received her JD from the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.


Tia R. Bobo, DVM, MS

Attending Veterinarian, Office of Animal Research      

Tia Bobo oversees the animal care and use program in collaboration with the Institutional Official and the IACUC. She is responsible for the well-being and clinical care of animals used in research, testing and teaching.

Tia earned a bachelor’s of science degree in animal and poultry sciences from Tuskegee University, followed by a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. Tia worked as a small animal general practitioner for five years in the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan area prior to entering a laboratory animal medicine residency and Master’s degree program at Penn State College of Medicine. Tia then went on to support the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD as a clinical veterinarian (contractor with Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine).

Tia is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, and the National Capital Area Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.


Mariel Jais, MS, PharmD

Director, Office of Laboratory Safety

Mariel Jais is the manager of the GW Office of Laboratory Safety, where she functions as the university's Biosafety Officer, charged with overseeing laboratory, laser and radiation safety in GW’s rapidly expanding research community.

Jais has a master’s degree in biochemistry and a doctor of pharmacy degree, both from Córdoba National University, in Argentina. Prior to this role, Jais was a researcher in the areas of HIV and HIV-related diseases at the University of Pittsburgh and the George Washington University.