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Meet the New ORSP Director

Dr. Sandra Panchalingam

After completing her undergraduate degree in Microbiology, Dr. Sandra Panchalingam earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Immunology from University of Birmingham, England. She completed her post-doctoral training in Pharmacology and Neuroscience at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore. During this time, Dr. Panchalingam also worked as an adjunct professor of Microbiology at the Anne Arundel Community College. She then started a position with Cambrex Biosciences in Walkersville MD as a Senior Supervisor Quality Control Cell Biology, Cell Therapy and Flow Cytometry. Dr. Panchalingam then joined the University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development as the Laboratory Program Manager for the Global Enteric Multicenter Study, where she also managed the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health in Mali, and set up the Influenza testing and Surveillance Center in Mali. Dr Panchalingam then served as a Finance and Grants Writer/Manager for five Maryland non profits after which she joined the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing as the Research Program Manager for the Office for Science and Innovation, supporting faculty and students with identifying external funding sources, faculty development, IRB guidance and leading the review of research proposals for compliance with Johns Hopkins IRB policies and regulations and Data Trust policies. Dr. Panchalingam then worked as a program manager at the Naval Advanced Medical Development as a subject matter expert to review and select new projects to transition sufficiently mature medical prototypes to deployment and/or FDA regulatory clearance, ensuring project compliance with IRB, HIPAA and IACUC.

Dr. Panchalingam understands the challenges in maintaining a research and/or training program while effectively providing teaching and guidance to students in an academic environment. As such, she realizes the key role OSRP plays in the support of faculty for their scholarly endeavors and is eager to assist faculty of Loyola University in being more successful in obtaining grant funding and promoting the reputation of Loyola University as a center for academic and research excellence.