Meet the Members of the Human Islet Research Enhancement Center (HIREC): Layla Rouse


Layla Rouse, MS
Program Manager

Role within HIREC:
Ms. Rouse serves as the Program Manager to ensure that day to day activities run smoothly, communicating regularly with HIRN researchers, staff, SCs, ESPs, and NIH officers. She provides detailed minutes and tracking of action items to ensure HIRN timelines and milestones are met. She facilitates coordination and management for the design, development, implementation, maintenance, and support of all aspects of the HIRN, to ensure effective collaboration within the consortium and with the scientific community. Additionally, she conducts the program management, coordination, and project oversight for all HIREC activities. Specifically, she organizes the planning and execution of the Annual Investigator Scientific Retreat, Annual Executive Summary Report, and management of HIRN Opportunity Pool Projects including ‘FluidReview’ system design, financial management and tracking. Additionally, she manages HIRN social media, progress reports, publications, and oversees all of the day to day for activities to ensure all components of the program work efficiently by regularly interacting with all HIRN Members and NIH Program Officers.

Mount Holyoke College, BA, Biology
University of Massachusetts, MS, Epidemiology

Ms. Rouse has over 20 years’ experience in program management, coordination, and leadership experience within City of Hope. Over the years her responsibilities have included project design, systems analysis, project management and coordination, training, user support, maintenance, and support of clinical and research information system, specifically related to the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) for outcomes research for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). She has experience with systems analysis, development of application specifications, workflow diagrams, and data mapping. She has assisted with grant writing, budget development, contract preparation, and management of project priorities. Ms. Rouse has participated in peer-reviewed manuscripts (literature review, analysis directives and interpretation, and writing), as well as the creation and maintenance of the ‘helpdesk’ for the NCCN DCC project. She has designed and conducted surveys, distributed project executive summaries, and coordinated and led meetings and conference calls with project participants (Investigators, Programmers and Clinical Research Associates).

Learn More



us on our social networks.