Research Administration

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology maintains a centralized administrative research office that manages pre- and post-award grant administration and oversees roughly $10 million in sponsored research funding annually.

The research administrative office has managed many large, complex multicentered projects and participates in a number of multicenter NIH-sponsored networks. The office ensures the efficient, cost-effective administration and financial management of grants and contracts throughout the Department in compliance with internal and external policies and procedures. The office also develops and implements standard operating procedures, administrative systems, and departmental policies and procedures to ensure award guidelines and regulations are met.

Research Operations

Our department has a strong, proven track record of collaboration at every stage, ranging from design, implementation, data analysis, and dissemination of findings.

Research in the Department of Ob/Gyn is embedded in the clinical care systems at our institution, both in the private practice and hospital clinic settings. We have more than 20 staff members who are capable of recruiting patients, collecting and processing specimens (including cord blood and placental processing 24/7), and conducting long-term follow-up. While specific research staff are assigned primary responsibility for individual protocols, each is trained and becomes certified in most ongoing projects.

Ob/Gyn Epidemiology and Biostatistics Consulting

The Ob/Gyn Epidemiology and Biostatistics Consulting service works in affiliation with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center to provide statistical support for the clinicians and researchers of the department. It is a professional service comprised of Master and PhD-level biostatisticians and epidemiologists. Visit this page for more information.

Training and Development Opportunities

As part of our strategic plan and as a direct result of our proposed recruitments, Columbia Ob/Gyn is developing a formalized training program in women’s health, which will leverage the existence and resources of the two trans-disciplinary training programs within the CTSA:

  • TRANSFORM KL2 (TRaining and Nurturing Scientists For Research that is Multidisciplinary), which is administered within the Irving Institute;
  • TRANSFORM TL1 training program, also sponsored by the CTSA and housed in the Irving Institute, and integrated with the university-wide PM Initiative.

Scholar recruitment will be targeted at junior faculty with research or health professional doctorates from both within the Columbia community and nationally.


Caroline Torres
Administrative Director of Research