Crista Brawley, PhD, is Rush Administrative Director of the ITM, where she oversees its operations and staff. As the Associate Vice President of Research Regulatory Operations, interim Director of Clinical Trials, and interim Assistant Vice President for the Office of Research Affairs at Rush, Brawley oversees clinical, translational, and basic research operations. She has over 10 years of experience as a director of research administration for a large medical department, a director of business operations for a transplant center, and principal investigator of several grants as a cell biologist and biophysicist. Brawley got her PhD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2017 in the biochemistry, cellular, and molecular biology program. She is an avid runner with a passion for clinical research, and she has been a clinical research participant in multiple studies over her lifetime.