Ratna Sarkar

Vice Provost for Institutional Research

Email: rsarkar3@jhu.edu


Ratna Sarkar has been the vice provost for institutional research since January 2016. She is thrilled to lead an enthusiastic team that takes pride in its mission to generate information for our community and insights to support strategic and operational decision processes.

Before coming to Hopkins, Ratna led Rice University’s office of institutional research for four years. Prior to her work in institutional research, she was associate dean for global initiatives in Rice’s school of engineering, where she developed pathways for international experiences and enhanced professional education programs. She also was a lecturer at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Sarkar earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and an MS in Computer Science, an MBA and a PhD in business management from Stanford University. She has served as a consultant at McKinsey and Co., and was an assistant professor and research fellow at the Harvard Business School

Arun Natarajan

Asst Vice Provost, Institutional Research

Email: anatara4@jhu.edu


Arun Natarajan joined the Office of Institutional Research in April 2011. Before moving to IR he worked as a Business Intelligence Consultant providing IT solutions to various Fortune 500 companies. He oversees the submission of compliance reporting, ranking surveys and production of various analytical products that helps the executive team to make informed decision.

Arun holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with concentration in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communications.

Lauren Jones-Lush

Director of Data Analytics

Email: Lauren.Jones-Lush@jhu.edu


Lauren Jones-Lush joined the Office of Institutional Research in December 2018 from Goucher College where as the Research Intelligence Analyst, she was the IR lead for data integration, reporting, and analytics. Before moving to IR, Dr. Jones-Lush served as a software engineer, a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the Director of Academic Affairs at the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Lauren holds a BA in Computer Science from Wesleyan University and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Elisabeth Cronin

Senior Database Programmer Analyst

Email: ecronin1@jhu.edu 


Liz Cronin joined Johns Hopkins Engineering in 2015 and has been a member of OIR since September 2016. Her primary role consists of curating and managing institutional data through extracts and data modeling, including the required collaboration with divisional data stewards and University leadership to gather functional requirements and set technical specifications for quality control. She also analyzes student data for federal and state reporting agencies, rankings, and higher education consortia. Additionally, she informs the administration’s decision making through various projects including peer analyses, financial aid, and student outcomes.

Liz holds a Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson University.

Gil Bismut

Senior Business Intelligence Analyst

Email: gbismut1@jhu.edu 


Gil Bismut joined the Office of Institutional Research in February 2018. Before joining, Gil worked for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine analyzing demographic and serological data for The HOPE in Action Study, which successfully coordinated the world’s first HIV+ to HIV+ liver transplant. Gil is the Tableau, R and Python expert in our office along with the web designer.

Gil received his bachelors degree in Chemistry from the University of Maryland and is getting his masters in Computational Data Analytics.

Brandon Groff

Senior Analyst

Email: bgroff1@jhu.edu


Brandon Groff joins us from the Walt Disney company in Florida where he was an HR Functional Analytics graduate associate analyst intern on the People Insights & Analytics team, and evaluated Disney’s training initiatives utilizing surveys and other corporate databases. He has institutional research experience from Inver Hills Community College and also from University of Wisconsin-Stout where he earned his MS in Applied Psychology. His undergraduate degree is in Psychology from the Metropolitan State University of Denver where he also gained experience in Human Resources as an intern.

Kait Wood

Presidential Management Fellow

Email: kait.wood@jhu.edu


Kait Wood joined the Office of Institutional Research in July 2022 as a JHU Presidential Management Fellow. Prior to joining the OIR team, Kait was a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an active member of the JHSOM student body. They lead the JHSOM Graduate Student Association during the 2019-2020 academic term, worked as the Communications Chair for the Johns Hopkins Science Policy Group, and served as Community Outreach Chair with the Biomedical Scholars Association.

Kait earned their Ph.D. in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and their B.S. in Biochemistry from Gonzaga University.