Fariba Houman, PHD, CIP currently serves as the Director of the Human Research Protections Program at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Schepens Eye Research Institute. She is responsible for operations oversight, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance of their biomedical IRB. Dr. Houman received a Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular biology from Tufts Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. After completing a Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellowship in yeast genetics, she worked as a bench scientist for eight years at two successful antimicrobial drug-discovery startup companies. Subsequently, as Project Manager and IRB professional at the HSPH, she became interested in the ethics of human subjects research. Dr. Houman’s focus is parsing ethical issues at the intersection of clinical practice and research, novel paradigms from universal consent to analysis of large identifiable datasets, innovative therapies, cost and compensation in clinical trials, and the role of bias in clinical research. Dr. Houman looks forward to the opportunity to engage with clinicians and other leaders in medical ethics to explore such issues and consider resolutions that can lead to enhanced protections for research subjects in practice.
Fellowship year: 2015-2016