Georgetown Research Services

Georgetown Research Services offers a broad array of research services across the GU Medical Center and the Main Campus, and in collaboration with the GU Law Center, including research compliance, grant administration, and human subjects protection.

Our goal is to provide faculty and students with a comprehensive suite of services that will allow them to focus their attention on their research and scholarship, to allow them to do their best work, undistracted by the administrative exigencies and financial demands to which we must attend.


Jeffrey Urbach – Vice Provost of Research

Anna Riegel – Vice President for Biomedical Graduate Education & Research

Mary Schmiedel – Senior Director – Office of Research Oversight

Mary E. Schmiedel, J.D., is the Senior Director, of the Office of Research Oversight. She serves as Georgetown’s Research Integrity Officer with University-wide responsibility for export controls, foreign influence, and responsible conduct of research and various other compliance activities. She serves as the Conflict of Interest Officer for the Main Campus and Medical Center as well as for the MedStar physicians conducting research at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Melissa Layman – Senior Director – Joint Office of Research Administration

Melissa Layman, MBA, CRA, CPRA, CFRA, is the Senior Director for the Joint Office of Research Administration at Georgetown University. She is responsible for providing pre and post award support to faculty across the Hilltop. She has many years of experience in research administration, previously serving as the Deputy Director for the Office of Research Development Services, which provided proposal development support to the faculty at the Medical Center.

Shaunagh Browning – Senior Director – Office of Human Subject Protections

Shaunagh Browning, DNP, RN, CRN-BC, serves as the Senior Director for the Office of Human Subject Protections at Georgetown University. She is responsible for the ethical and regulatory oversight of the organization’s program for protecting human subjects in research. As such, she oversees the planning, direction, and execution of all activities related to the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and the quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives necessary to improve compliance with regulatory requirements.