ORQA Staff

Shaunagh Browning, DNP, RN, FNP-BC



Shaunagh Browning, DNP, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CRN-BC, serves as the Senior Director for the Office of Human Subject Protections at Georgetown University. She is responsible for the ethical and regulatory oversight of the organization’s program for protecting human subjects in research. As such, she oversees the planning, direction, and execution of all activities related to the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and the quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives necessary to improve compliance with regulatory requirements. Shaunagh’s work in clinical research at Georgetown began as a study coordinator in 1990. Since then, she has coordinated numerous clinical research, provided clinical care to research participants as a nurse practitioner, managed the federally funded clinical research unit at Georgetown University, and assisted many investigators in the implementation of their clinical research projects.

Additionally, Shaunagh is a founding member of The International Association of Clinical Research Nurses (IACRN) and a key author of the “Scope and Standards of Practice for Clinical Research Nurses.” She teaches internationally on the conduct and administration of clinical research. Shaunagh received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University and her Master of Science, with a focus as a Nurse Practitioner, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Georgetown University. Shaunagh’s work has centered on the role of the clinical research coordinator, with emphasis on the clinical research nurse and education of staff and scientists with the goal of research quality and efficiency

Neha Mookuparambil, MS, PharmD

Senior Quality Assurance Specialist


Neha Mookuparambil serves as a senior auditor for the Office of Research Quality Assurance (ORQA). Neha joined the ORQA team in 2019 as a DSMC Coordinator and later transitioned to an auditor role in 2021. She is responsible for leading and conducting routine and directed audits at Georgetown University. She also provides quality assurance support and education to various clinical research teams. In addition, she contributes to develop new and refine existing quality assurance processes. Neha graduated with an MS in Biotechnology from Georgetown University in 2019 and PharmD from Bharati Vidyapeeth University, India, in 2018.

Mauricio Lizama MS, MLS (ASCP)

Quality Assurance Auditor

DSMC Coordinator


Mauricio Lizama serves as an auditor for the Office of Research Quality Assurance (ORQA). He also serves as the coordinator for the Data Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC) at Georgetown University. Mauricio joined the ORQA team in 2022. His role includes coordinating multiple clinical research teams to work together to produce reports that are periodically reviewed and presented to the DSMC for study monitoring. Mauricio graduated with an MS in Biotechnology from Georgetown University in 2020 and in 2017 from Washington Adventist University with a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Sara Matar

Quality Assurance Auditor


Sara Matar serves as a Quality Assurance Auditor for the Office of Research Quality Assurance (ORQA). She joined ORQA in September 2023 and is responsible for conducting internal audits of clinical investigations at Georgetown University. She also extends quality assurance support to various clinical research teams within the institution. Sara graduated with a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Penn State University in 2018 and is currently a part-time MBA student at Georgetown University expected to graduate in 2025. She previously worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator and a Data Analyst at the Neurology Department at Georgetown University in 2018.