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Please join us in welcoming IRB Analysts, Celeste Cantrell, Cat Collins, Kathy Seabolt and Hsin-Lei Yao to the Office of Human Research Ethics (OHRE).

Celeste Cantrell received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UNC-CH and a Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. She has worked in Chapel Hill for over 20 years in the areas of laboratory research, clinical care, education, and clinical trials.

Cat Collins comes to UNC-CH with over five years of experience as a Compliance Officer with the IRB and IACUC at UNC Greensboro and, most recently, at North Carolina A&T State University. At NC A&T, Cat served as the IRB administrator, pre-reviewer, human and animal research ethics trainer/educator, and Research Compliance and Ethics web site content manager. She has also served as a member of the Cone Health IRB at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro.

Kathy Seabolt has worked with IRBs for the last 10 years. Prior to coming to UNC, she spent 3 years at Phoenix Children’s Hospital as the IRB Administrator where she was responsible for overseeing two IRBs and the Scientific Review Committee. Prior to that she was the IRB Coordinator for a five hospital health system in Jacksonville, Florida. She also conducts IRB-related research.

Prior to his current position with IRB, Hsin-Lei Yao served in IACUC office (for research animal welfare) at Virginia Commonwealth University for 2 years. Before that, he served as a technology manager in a R&D Office at NCHU in Taiwan. He studied molecular mechanisms guiding progenitor cell differentiation and tumor metastasis as well as biomechanics earlier in his career. He received his college education in Taiwan at NYMU and graduate education at UNC-CH where he received a MS degree in human movement science (biomechanics) and a PhD in biomedical engineering (tissue engineering).

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