Dr. Eric Everett, associate dean for research, was recently named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institutional Research Integrity Officer. He takes over for Robert Lowman, associate vice chancellor for research, who recently retired.
In a campus-wide email about the appointment, Vice Chancellor for Research Barbara Entwisle stated that, “Dr. Everett’s strong history as a researcher, dean and mentor here at UNC make him well-suited for the responsibility of administering our policies and procedures on ethics in research.”
In this role, Everett will serve as the University liaison to the federal Office of Research Integrity. As such, his responsibilities will include evaluating allegations of research misconduct, protecting the rights of complainants and whistleblowers, and providing guidance and support regarding inquires into misconduct allegations. He will continue his positions as a professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and the school’s associate dean for research concurrently with this new position.
Everett earned his M.S. in clinical immunology from the University of Florida College of Medicine, before attending the Medical University of South Carolina for his Ph.D. in molecular cell biology and pathobiology. Following that, Everett did his postdoctoral work in hematopoiesis and medical genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. After spending eight years on the Indiana University faculty, Everett joined the UNC School of Dentistry faculty. In 2012, he became associate dean for research. His research interests include the identification of genes and pathways in the embryonic and postnatal development of craniofacial, oral and dental structures.
“I look forward to this opportunity to serve the university in the capacity as Institutional Research Integrity Officer,” said Everett. “All that we do as researchers is founded on trusting the work of our colleagues. This can mean that the outcomes of published studies are reliable and can be reproduced. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a national leader in research. We have a responsibility to assure that all research conducted throughout the campus where faculty, staff, students, and other trainees participate is maintained at the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.”