Our Research Compliance team supports our research program, assisting HSCRB labs with new protocols, protocol amendments, data and material transfer agreements and guidance on the applicability of relevant laws, regulations, guidelines and policies. They will work with the labs to liaise with relevant departments and committees such as the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (ESCRO) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
Education and Training
Our education team supports faculty in all aspects of course design and implementation. In addition, we offer academic and career advising to students, as well as foster a community of interest in the realm of developmental and regenerative biology.
People Support Specialists (PSS)
PSS provides personnel-related administrative support (ie. HR, payroll, etc), including fielding questions concerning the academic appointment and reappointment process, visa sponsorship, payroll, taxes, maternal and paternal leave, and health and University benefits. The team also provides administrative and on-site logistical support for the coordination of HSCRB's seminar series, meetings for visiting faculty and faculty search candidates, department retreats and social events, and other academic, administrative, or community building programs as needed.
Finance and Business Operations
The Business Operations Team’s mission is to support the HSCRB community in buying and paying for all goods and services efficiently while safeguarding our resources and securing integrity of each transaction. Operationally, we work with all members of the community to ensure all of us use the university’s systems successfully, apply financial policies consistently, and pair effective internal accounting controls with smooth workflow and business processes.
For complex purchases we help users review supplier contracts to protect our rights and minimizes risks. For internal purchase of services, such as HSCRB Core Facility services, we manage the financial for rate development and expense recovery. For cross-Affiliates research collaboration, we coordinate the lifecycle of drafting, executing, billing, payments, amendments, and tracking.
In addition to business operations, Michelle Wong, Senior Financial Officer, manages faculty effort cost-sharing, incentive-return distribution, and assists the HSCRB community with setting up non-sponsored accounts, such as gifts, endowments, and funds that can be used to hold non-sponsored prizes and awards, including funds allocated from Harvard internal sources.
The Sponsored Research Administration Team is responsible for the full life cycle in the management of sponsored research awards, including grants, contracts and fellowships, from assisting in finding funding opportunities, to proposal application, award administration, reconciliation, and closeout. Our team provides guidance and assistance in applying for the full range of sponsored research awards including from federal, foundation and corporate sponsors. We partner with central Harvard offices to ensure the smooth operation of proposal preparation, submission and financial administration. The Sponsored Research Administration Team also ensures, in collaboration and partnership with offices across the Department and the University and with our sponsors, compliance with all federal and non-federal regulations and with the terms and conditions of each sponsored award. Particular areas of compliance include effort reporting, subrecipient monitoring, cost allocation methodologies, progress reporting, billing agreements, cost transfers, equipment purchase and re-budgets. Our team also provides holistic financial projections of sponsored funding to enable labs to plan and manage their funding requirements over time.
The lab operations team supports our research and the departments mission by providing centralized service and support. We operate Service Center facilities within the department including the Histology and Immunohistochemistry Core, the Flow Cytometry Core, the Genome Modification Core and the Lab Services Core that includes glasswash, media prep and autoclaving for all 24 labs. In addition to our Core facilities, we oversee all departmental equipment including essential capital resources that include analytical instrumentation, imaging systems and department shared equipment.
The Communications team oversees all external communications for the department including the HSCRB website, social media platforms, and media inquiries, as well as internal communications such as department-wide announcements and strategic planning.