Robert Bienvenu, Ph.D., RAC, CIP

Dr. Rob Bienvenu's research and teaching interests include: cultural and organizational dimensions of health, regulatory affairs with focus on medical product development, research ethics, community-based research, social theory, science and technology studies, and the history and social organization of sexualities.

Dr. Bienvenu is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and an Affiliate Fellow of the Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices, UMD School of Engineering.  He has served as a faculty member at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Georgetown University, and Indiana University.

Dr. Bienvenu's professional positions outside of academe include policy and regulatory oversight positions within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense. He has extensive experience in regulatory affairs and applied research ethics, holds Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC-US) from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) and is a Certified IRB Professional (CIP).
UMD Courses Taught:

ANTH 427/627: Clinical Research for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

ANTH 417/677: Science, Technology, and Medicine

BIOE 658R: Regulatory Affairs in Medical Product Development


Recent Publications

Adamo, Joan E., Robert V Bienvenu II, Felipe Dolz, Michael Liebman, Wendy Nilsen, and Scott J. Steele. 2020. “Translation of Digital Health Technologies to Advance Precision Medicine: Informing Regulatory Science.” Digital Biomarkers. 4:1-12.

Adamo, Joan E., Robert V. Bienvenu II, F. Owen Fields, Soma Gosh, Christina M. Jones, Michael Liebman, Mark S. Lowenthal, Scott J. Steele. 2018. “The Integration of Emerging Omics Approaches to Advance Precision Medicine: How Can Regulatory Science Help?” Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 2(5): 295-300.

Headshot Image
rbien [at]