Institutional Review Board


Under a Federal wide Assurance with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, all research involving human subjects performed by NJIT faculty, staff, and students either on-campus or off-campus, including at other institutions, must be reviewed and approved prior to initiation by the NJIT Institutional Review Board (IRB). 

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Research is defined as systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to new knowledge.
  • Human Subjects are living individuals about whom an investigator conducting research obtains (1) data from an intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable information.

Read more about testing of Human Subject and download forms for getting approval for human subject research.


The Institutional Review Board reports to the Vice President for Research and Development.  Members of the Institutional Review Board for the 2013-2014 academic year are:

  • Judith Sheft, Office of Technology Development, Chairperson
  • Tara Alvarez, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Eugene Deess, Institutional Research
  • Andrew Kolbucar- Department of Humanities
  • Sathapana (Sam) Kongsamut, Industry Consultant
  • Frank Moss, Research & Development
  • Ashutosh Sharma, Vyteris, Inc.
  • Brian Tierney, University Counsel (or designee)

Members of the NJIT IRB are required to ensure that conflicts of interest do not compromise the rights and welfare of human research participants.  An IRB Member Conflict of Interest Disclosure Agreement is signed by each member of the NJIT IRB