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Staff Q&A: Sharnia Lashley, MS, senior regulatory coordinator, NUCATS

Sharnia Lashley

Sharnia Lashley, MS, senior regulatory coordinator at the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute, helps scientists and study teams navigate regulatory aspects of research.

Read a Q&A with Lashley below.

Where are you originally from?  

I am from Phoenix, Ill.

What is your educational background?

I have a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in clinical research administration.

Please tell us about your professional background.

I spent several years working in data collection, data quality and data preparation in social science research. I managed multiple studies, most of them government-funded. The primary study I managed was an annual US research doctorate educational census study.

As manager, I oversaw data collection and data preparation, teams, and activities for medium and large-scale studies, contributed to study questionnaire design revisions, major revisions to the survey instrument and authored sections of the annual report. I also worked on two studies people may be familiar with: Florida Ballots after the 2000 presidential election and the National Tragedy Study after the 9/11 attacks.

Why do you enjoy working at Northwestern?

I enjoy social and clinical research tremendously and Northwestern is an ideal place to contribute to research in numerous specialty areas. My work at Northwestern has allowed me to collaborate with a great group of individuals within and across departments.

How do you help scientists and research students at the medical school?

I help scientists and study teams navigate regulatory aspects of research, handling various FDA submissions and generating documents and submissions for local and external IRBs. 

What is your favorite part of the job?

I am a magnet for "first time" encounters — one of my favorite parts of the job is encountering new study formats or scenarios and navigating the related new regulatory processes, in addition to assisting and guiding others. 

What exciting projects are you working on?

I currently provide regulatory and FDA support for two COVID-19 studies, in addition to multiple other exciting studies.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to read and try new plant-based recipes.