Institutional Review Board

The IRB Office staff members work on campus with a hybrid schedule. To limit social distancing, please request a virtual meeting by sending your availability to the Downstate IRB Office. For a faster response time please send an e-mail to one of the staff members (below) or send an e-mail to the Downstate IRB Office.


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IRB Member Nominations:

Voluntary service as an IRB member is a great opportunity to help improve the research enterprise, deepen personal knowledge on human research, and may create future professional opportunities. To learn more about this exciting opportunity click link below.

IRB Member Nominations


Members and Staff:

IRB Chairs and Staff Phone
Clinton Brown, MD, IRB Chair O: (718) 270-1729
Vivian L. Chin, MD, Vice Chair O: (718) 613-8607
Jeannette Jakus, MD, MBA, Vice Chair O: (718) 270-1229
Kevin L. Nellis, MS, Executive Director, Human Research Protection & Quality Assurance

O: (718) 613-8461

M: (347) 352-2489

Diann Johnson, MPH, Associate IRB Administrator

O: (718) 270-4341

M: (347) 433-6656

Nikol Celestine, BA, CHRC, Associate IRB Administrator

O: (718) 270-4411

M: (929) 333-5280

Heather Jewett, BS, CIP, Associate IRB Administrator  M: (801) 810-6122
Nakih Gonzales, IRB Assistant

O: (718) 270-4372

M: (929) 267-3132

IRB Office

O: (718) 613-8480

M: (929) 267-3132

IRB Rosters:

Standard IRB Roster

Rapid Response IRB Roster

To obtain a copy of a previous roster, please contact Nakih Gonzales for assistance.

IRB Consultants:

IRB Consultants

General Contact Information:

The Downstate IRB Office is located in the Basic Science Building (Room # BSB 3-26).

Visiting Hours & Appointments:

The IRB Office hours are from 9 AM to 5 PM, but may vary due to staff schedules.

Investigators may stop by at any time; however, appointments are strongly encouraged.