As associate vice president for research compliance, Cheryl Doerr is responsible for university-wide compliance with applicable regulatory laws and guidelines for animal care and use programs, research involving human subjects, and recombinant DNA activities and biosafety. Regulatory oversight and compliance of university research and teaching programs with applicable federal, state, local, and organizational rules, regulations, policies and guidelines are additional duties. She ensures responsible conduct of research and oversees post-approval monitoring, compliance training, animal care and use, occupational health programs and aspects of export control compliance. Doerr provides oversight and leadership for the University Research Compliance Office and leads and serves on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Institutional Review Board, Institutional Biosafety Committee and Dual Use Research of Concern Committee. She also administers the select agent program.
Doerr joined K-State in April, 2016. She was previously a compliance assurance program manager for the Department of Homeland Security, where she was responsible for ensuring department-wide compliance with policies and regulations governing laboratory biosafety and biosecurity, select agent and toxin security, animal care and use and human subject research, dual use research of concern, and chemical and biological weapons treaty arms control. She also has served as a biological weapons arms control and health security subject matter expert for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense and spent eight years as an associate research professor at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at National Defense University, where her research focused on security implications of emerging infectious diseases, continuity of operations pandemic planning and military force health protection. She is the author of numerous books, papers, policy briefings and reports on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, health security and medical preparedness and response.