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Dr. Jennifer 'Jen' Yucel



With over sixteen years of experience in higher education research administration, Jen has most recently served as the Associate Vice President and Director of the Office of Research Compliance at Ohio State University (OSU). 

Jen has extensive experience in developing, implementing, and managing university compliance programs in wide-ranging research areas involving external reporting (including Section 117 Foreign Gifts and Contracts Reporting), research integrity and misconduct, clinical trials, dual-use research of concern, conflicts of interest and commitment, international research, and commercialization initiatives. A nationally recognized expert, Jen has substantial expertise in policy development and grant administration.  With commercial industry work experience, Jen also possesses a robust understanding of scientific workflow in academic, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical settings.

She has served as a primary university liaison with federal agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DOD), and has in-depth familiarity in conducting comprehensive investigations of allegations of research misconduct, foreign influence concerns, conflicts of interest and export control violations. In 2014, Jen received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for her work raising awareness about potential vulnerabilities in our nation’s infrastructure and for serving as an adviser to FBI investigators.  She held a DOJ security clearance from 2010-2020.

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  • Professional Background:
    Tianjin Yonghan Law Firm -Attorney, Corporate Operations MWE China Law Offices -Intern Spanish Cuatrecasas LLP, Shanghai Representative Office -Intern Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group -Intern
  • Education
    East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) -L.L.B. Law East China University of Politics and Law (ECUPL) -L.L.M. Economic Law

As an active member of the National Association of Research Integrity Officers (ARIO) and other higher education research organizations, Jen has served on numerous committees and working groups, and is also a frequent speaker and trainer on higher education research topics.

Jen received her B.A. (Biochemistry and Cell Biology) and her Ph.D. (Molecular and Cellular Biology) from the University of California, San Diego. She has received post-doctoral fellowship awards from the National Institutes for Health and the Ludwig Cancer Research Foundation. 

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