- Worcester Polytechnic Institute, B.S. in Biology and Biotechnology
- MGH Institute of Health Professions, M.S. in Clinical Investigation
A Summerville native, Romiya Glover Barry’s career in science first began when she chose to attend GSSM.
“GSSM provided a safe environment for me to think critically and to think beyond the barriers,” she said.
Growing up, Romiya always had an interest in science and medicine, but the GSSM senior summer research experience in a biotech laboratory solidified the idea as a likely career choice.
After graduating in 2000, she attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where she received a Bachelor of Science degree focusing on biology and biotechnology.
Romiya started her career in research & development working on medical devices for use in laboratory monitoring of patients with HIV in resource‐limited settings. She transitioned to the field of clinical research after recognizing how operations at clinical trial sites greatly affected the patients and, therefore, the immediate community the clinics served. She wanted to inform scientists of the regulations in the industry in order to successfully launch new medical products and to provide guidance to clinicians looking to bring the interventions to their patients. She saw herself being the liaison between the two. Romiya chose to follow her passion at MGH Institute of Health Professions and graduated with a Master of Science degree in clinical investigation.
Focusing on improvements to trial operations and management, Romiya has provided oversight to several global studies. She has performed clinical research functions in regulatory affairs, clinical marketing, and program and project management. Her work has supported the development of medical devices for patients with critical care health issues, chronic diseases such as HIV infection and Type 2 diabetes, and thrombotic and bleeding disorders. She continues her work improving patient care as the Manager of Clinical Operations at AngioDynamics, Inc.
In her career, she’s seen that generation of scientific knowledge doesn’t always result in improvements in health for a particular patient or a local community—much less having a global population health impact. Researchers, clinicians, patients, and communities struggle to find practical solutions for complex health and healthcare problems. Continuing her training to think beyond the barriers, she is currently pursuing a PhD in Translational Health Sciences from The George Washington University. She finds it interesting how the mission statements of her schools, including GSSM, all build upon each other with a common theme to develop scientific leaders who contribute to their local, national, and global communities.
Years after graduating from GSSM, she gave a talk to incoming freshmen women at her alma mater, WPI, and spoke about leveraging all of her experiences to support her professional and philanthropic work. She serves as a merit reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), volunteers for Project Managers without Borders (PMWB), the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), and maintains active participation in several other professional and community organizations in Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and their two children. Additionally, Romiya is thrilled to be appointed one of the newest members of Health Horizon International’s (HHI) Board of Directors. She will be making her first trip to HHI's worksite in the Dominican Republic in a few weeks and is looking forward to working with the organization to change the way patients, communities, and the health system overcome barriers to a healthy life.