Jeremy DeRicco is the new Director of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Program in the Office for Research Protections. Jeremy, a certified IACUC administrator, previously managed the IACUC program at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Basseterre St. Kitts, West Indies. Before Ross University, he worked in animal use compliance at the University of Pittsburgh, from which he holds a B.S. in microbiology and an MBA. Jeremy succeeds William “Bill” Greer in the position.
Debra Thurley, Executive Director of Research Compliance in ORP, said Jeremy “brings leadership experience, exceptional management skills, and strong compliance knowledge, which will continue to build upon and improve what are already strong compliance programs.”
Jeremy looks forward to promoting the “world class” research at Penn State not only by ensuring compliance but also by minimizing administrative burden for researchers. Drawing from his own experience and the knowledge base at Penn State, Jeremy is looking to “shape compliance programs which adhere to regulations, facilitate research, minimize burden, and protect our subjects, communities, and environment.” Alongside the opportunity to support a vast portfolio of research, Penn’s State commitment to inclusion attracted Jeremy. He said working at Penn State meant working in an environment which “values differences and embraces diversity.”
In addition to the IACUC Program, Jeremy will manage research compliance operations for biohazards; radioisotopes; dual use research of concern; research involving human embryonic stem cells; and unmanned air systems, or drones. The ORP is excited to welcome Jeremy to Penn State!