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Biomedical Informatics Staff

Research and Division Support

  • Andrew P. Hodges, PhD

    Andrew P. Hodges, PhD

    Technical Project Manager

    Research Interests:
    Health Information Technology; NGS, single-molecule and -omics data

    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts, Biology-Chemistry and Mathematics, Manchester College
    Masters of Science in Bioinformatics, University of Michigan Medical School
    PhD in Bioinformatics, University of Michigan Medical School

    Contact
    aphodges@health.ucsd.edu

    Recent Publications:
    Fuller, C.W. et al. Molecular electronics sensors on a scalable semiconductor chip: A platform for single-molecule measurement of binding kinetics and enzyme activity. Proc N Acad Sci 2022;119(5).
    Leibel, S.L. et al. Metabolomic profiling of human pluripotent stem cell differentiation into lung progenitors. iScience 2022;25(2).
    Kong, Y. et al. “Reprogram Enablement” as an Assay for Identifying Early Oncogenic Pathways by Their Ability to Allow Neoplastic Cells to Reacquire an Epiblast State. Stem Cell Reports 2020; 15(3).
    Liu, T., et al. Multi-omic comparison of Alzheimer's variants in human ESC-derived microglia reveals convergence at APOE. J Exp Med 2020; .
    Vega, R.B., et al. An improvement in skeletal muscle mitochondrial capacity with short‐term aerobic training is associated with changes in Tribbles 1 expression. Physiological Reports 2020;8(12).
    Mackenzie, D.J., et al. DNMT3B Oncogenic Activity in Human Intestinal Cancer Is Not Linked to CIMP or BRAFV600E Mutation. iScience 2020;23(2):100838.

  • Angelina Cordaro, MS

    Angelina Cordaro, MS

    Technical Project Manager

    Research Interests:
    Health Information Technology; Precision Medicine; Mental Health; OpenNotes

    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts (BA), English – Ashford University
    Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI), National University

    Contact
    acordaro@health.ucsd.edu

  • Erickson Wilson, MD

    Erickson Wilson, MD

    Program Manager

    Research Interests:
    Precision Medicine

    Education:
    MD, Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo

    Research Project:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact
    emwilson@health.ucsd.edu

  • Jamie Le

    Jamie Le

    Interim Consortium Communications Manager

    Research Interests:
    Public Relations; Communication; Marketing; Strategic Initiatives

    Education:
    B.A. in Journalism - San Diego State University

    Research Project:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    jnl006@health.ucsd.edu

  • Jennifer Briscoe

    Jennifer Briscoe

    Consortium Communications Manager

    Research Interests:
    Public Relations; Communication; Marketing; Strategic Initiatives

    Education:
    B.S. in Journalism - University of Kansas

    Research Project:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    jabriscoe@health.ucsd.edu

  • Jessica Chapman, MA

    Jessica Chapman, MA

    Research Program Manager

    Research Interests:
    Disparities in Health, Public Health Issues

    Education:
    M.A. in Gender and Development - University of Sussex
    B.A. in International Relations/French - University of San Diego

    Publications:
    Contemporary Gender and Development Issues, "The Appropriation of Motherhood: A Study of Teenage Pregnancy in the U.S. and UK," LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing

    Research Project:
    Strong Heart, iAgree, and CAST

    Contact:
    jrchapman@health.ucsd.edu 

  • Jihoon Kim, MS

    Jihoon Kim, MS

    Principal Statistician

    Research Interests: 
    Data Mining; Predictive Modeling; Bioinformatics; Statistical Learning
    The overarching goal of my research is to discover clinically-actionable knowledge from (massive) data-sets.

    Education: 
    Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, University of California, San Diego (in progress)
    MS in Statistics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
    BS in Statistics and MS in Medicine (Bioinformatics), Seoul National University, South Korea

    Contact: 
    j5kim@health.ucsd.edu

  • Kaci Marques

    Kaci Marques

    Financial Analyst

  • Mathi Ganapathi

    Mathi Ganapathi

    ResearchAssociate

    Research Interests:
    Health Data Management

    Education:
    B.S. in Biotechnology, Bharathidasan University

    Research Project:
    All of Us Research Project

    Contact:
    mvganapathi@health.ucsd.edu 

  • Melissa Aquino, MPH

    Academic Program Coordinator/Research Coordinator 

    Research Interests: 
    Medical anthropology, health technology use, nutrigenomics, personalized medicine

    Education:
    San Diego State University:
    -Bachelor of Applied Arts/Sciences in Foods and Nutrition;
    -Bachelor of Science in Public Health (Health Science);
    -Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science

    Research Projects:
    RADx-rad COVID-19 Discoveries & Data Consortium Coordination Center
    National Library of Medicine T15 Training Grant Fellowship
    Department of Biomedical Informatics Summer Internship

    Contact: 
    m1aquino@health.ucsd.edu 

  • Morgan Conrad

    All of Us Consortium Retention Manager

    Research Interests:
    Cancer, genetics, enzymatic chemistry, and precision medicine

    Education:
    B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - UC Santz Cruz

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    mconrad@health.ucsd.edu

  • Morgan Von Ebke

    Morgan Von Ebke

    Executive Assistant

    Contact:
    dbmi-admin@health.ucsd.edu

  • Nancy Herbst, MBA

    Nancy Herbst, MBA

    Director

    Education:
    MBA, National University
    BA with a minor in legal studies, National University
    Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, UCSD and Rath & Strong

    Publications:
    Contributing author and book editor for the College and School Law: Analysis, Prevention, and Forms published by the American Bar Association (978-1-61632-008-9).

    Service Work
    Chair, Committee on the 2018 UCSD Women’s Conference (2017 – 2018)
    Member, Supervising Committee, USE Credit Union (2016 – 2021)
    Site Coordinator, WACUBO (Western Association of College and University Business Officers) (2015 – present)
    Chair, Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee, Grossmont Union High School District (2011 – 2017)
    Board Member, San Diego Future’s Foundation (Chair of the Audit and Education Subcommittees) (2010 – 2013)

    Contact:
    UC San Diego, BRFII, 5A19
    858-822-2903
    nherbst@health.ucsd.edu

  • Natalie Gonzalez

    Natalie Gonzalez

    Research Project Coordinator 

    Research Interests: 
    Public Health Issues; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Mental Health; Social Justice; Preventative Health Care 

    Education:
    BA in Women's Studies, San Diego State University 

    Research Projects:

    Contact: 
    n8gonzalez@health.ucsd.edu 

     

  • Teresa Magdaleno Perez

    Teresa Magdaleno Perez

    All of Us Consortium Engagement Manager

    Research Interests:
    Community Relations; Marketing; Digital Communications; Precision Medicine; Mental Health; Health Disparities

    Education:
    Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA), School of Business, University of San Diego

    Research Project
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact 
    tmagdalenoperez@health.ucsd.edu

  • Tracy Layton, MS

    Tracy Layton, MS

    Consortium Project Manager

    Research Interests/Expertise:
    Health research, especially focused on screening, prevention and treatment
    Patient/participant outreach and recruitment
    Screening and prevention education
    Implementation of clinical care improvement, including improving clinical decision making in the clinical setting
    Integrations with electronic health record systems and research systems

    Education:
    Master of Science, Biology - Northern Arizona University
    Bachelor of Science, Microbiology - University of Arizona

    Research Project:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    tlayton@health.ucsd.edu

  • Vira Danak Bhatt, MS

    Vira Danak Bhatt, MS

    Clinical Informatics Specialist

    Research Interests:
    Health Information Exchange & Interoperability, Preventive Medicine, Data Science

    Education:
    Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biochemistry, Gujarat University
    Master of Science (MSc) in Bioinformatics, Gujarat University
    Master of Science (MSc) in Health Informatics, University of California Davis

    Contact:
    vdanakbhatt@health.ucsd.edu

Programming & Information Systems

  • Adrianne Agsolid

    Adrianne Agsolid

    Applications Programmer

    Contact:
    aagsolid@health.ucsd.edu

  • Brian Fox

    Brian Fox

    Information Systems Analyst

    Research Interests:
    Machine Learning, health information technology

    Education:
    BS in Computer Science, San Diego State University

    Contact
    Befox@health.ucsd.edu

  • Edward O’Neill

    Edward O’Neill

    Applications Programmer

    Contact:
    edoneill@health.ucsd.edu

  • Edwin (Ed) Bean, MS

    Edwin (Ed) Bean, MS

    Applications Programmer

    Research Interests:
    Physical Activity & Energy Expenditure, Natural Language Processing, Internet of Things, Software Process Improvement, Robotic Process Automation

    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts (BA), English Literature – University of California at Santa Barbara
    Master of Science (MS): Health Informatics – University of California Davis School of Medicine

     Contact:
    ebean@health.ucsd.edu

  • Faten Taha

    Faten Taha

    Applications Programmer

    Education:
    Post Graduate Certificate in Mobile and Web Application, San Diego State University
    Bachelor Degree in Computer Science, Baghdad University
    Associate Degree in Web Development, Cuyamaca College

    Research Interests:
    Web application development, data structure, database analysis, human computer interface, web design.

    Contact
    FTaha@health.ucsd.edu

  • Gary Kean, MS

    Gary Kean, MS

    Bioinformatics Programmer

    Research Interests:
    Health Data Anonymization techniques; No SQL databases; Health care network adequacy

    Education:
    Masters of Science (MS): Health Informatics - University of California, Davis
    Bachelor of Science (BS): Industrial Design - Illinois Institute of Technology

    Contact:
    gkean@health.ucsd.edu

  • Jesse King

    Jesse King

    Geographic Info Systems Programmer

    Research Interests:
    Health Data Anonymization techniques; Data Visualization; Data Science

    Education:
    Geographic Information Systems Certificate - American River College
    Bachelor of Science (BS): Geography - Portland State University

    Contact:
    j8king@health.ucsd.edu

  • John William Claypool

    John William Claypool

    Applications Programmer

    Contact:
    jclaypool@health.ucsd.edu

  • Kai Post, MS

    Kai Post, MS

    Bioinformatics Programmer

    Research Interests:
    Bioinformatics; Electronic Medicine; Data Management and Analysis

    Education:
    MS in Biology, University of Virginia

    Select Publications:
    Pauthner M, Havenar-Daughton C, Sok D, Nkolola JP, Bastidas R, Boopathy AV, Carnathan DG, Chandrashekar A, Cirelli KM, Cottrell CA, Eroshkin AM, Guenaga J, Kaushik K, Kulp DW, Liu J, McCoy LE, Oom AL, Ozorowski G, Post KW, Sharma SK, Steichen JM, de Taeye SW, Tokatlian T, Torrents de la Peña A, Butera ST, LaBranche CC15, Montefiori DC, Silvestri G, Wilson IA, Irvine DJ, Sanders RW, Schief WR, Ward AB, Wyatt RT, Barouch DH, Crotty S, Burton DR  Elicitation of Robust Tier 2 Neutralizing Antibody Responses in Nonhuman Primates by HIV Envelope Trimer Immunization Using Optimized Approaches. Immunity. 2017; 46(6):1073-1088.e6.

    Eroshkin AM, LeBlanc A, Weekes D, Post K, Li Z, Rajput A, Butera ST, Burton DR and Godzik Al. bNAber: database of broadly neutralizing HIV antibodies. Nucleic Acids Res. 2014; 42(Database issue):D1133-9.

    Mayya Sedova, Mallika Iyer, Zhanwen Li, Lukasz Jaroszewski, Kai W Post, Thomas Hrabe, Eduard Porta-Pardo, Adam Godzik; Cancer3D 2.0: interactive analysis of 3D patterns of cancer mutations in cancer subsets, Nucleic Acids Research. 2018; gky1098

    Contact
    k1post@health.ucsd.edu

  • Kevin J. Delaney, PhD

    Kevin J. Delaney, PhD

    Database Administrator

    Research Interests:
    Data Visualization and Analysis; Sensor Fusion

    Education:
    PhD in Electrical Engineering, US Naval Postgraduate School

    Contact
    kjdelaney@health.ucsd.edu

  • Kevin Kunkel

    Kevin Kunkel

    Information Systems Analyst

    Contact:
    kkunkel@health.ucsd.edu

  • Marco Gonzales

    Marco Gonzales

    Bioinformatics Programmer

    Contact:
    m7gonzales@health.ucsd.edu

  • Patrick Mao

    Patrick Mao

    Applications Programmer

    Contact:
    pmao@health.ucsd.edu

  • Ravinder Atwal

    Ravinder Atwal

    Clinical Applications Professional

    Contact:
    ratwal@health.ucsd.edu

  • Rob Anderson

    Rob Anderson

    Applications Programmer

    Contact:
    roanderson@health.ucsd.edu

  • Supreeth Shashjumar, PhD

    Supreeth Shashjumar, PhD

    Informatics/Machine Learning Programmer

    Contact:
    spshashikumar@health.ucsd.edu

  • Tyler Bath

    Tyler Bath

    Programmer Analyst

    Research Interests:
    User Based Design; Biomechatronics; Brain-Computer Interfacing

    Education:
    BS in Computer Science, UC San Diego

    Posters & Publications:
    To view past posters, presentations and magazine publications, please visit Publications and Pubmed Profile.

    Projects:
    MAGI, Web based microRNA sequence analysis
    Flightdeck, VM launching webservice
    iCONCUR
    Strong Heart Study

    Contact:
    tbath@health.ucsd.edu

Clinical Research

  • Dahen Ibarra Munoz

    Dahen Ibarra Munoz

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Research Interests:
    Precision medicine, mental health disorders, and public health

    Education:
    MD, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California
    BS (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) Certified

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Program (NIH)

    Contact:
    dibarramunoz@health.ucsd.edu

  • Daina Ferguson

    Daina Ferguson

    Clinical Research Coordinator - Phlebotomist

    Research Interests:
    Public health, mental health disorders, precision medicine and the neurological impacts of art

    Education:
    Associates in Fine Art
    NHA Licensed & Certified Phlebotomy Technician I
    Certified Medical Lab Assistant

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    dlferguson@health.ucsd.edu

  • Daisy Fierros Gonzalez

    Daisy Fierros Gonzalez

    Clinical Research Coordinator – Phlebotomist

    Research Interests:
    Precision medicine and genetics

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Program (NIH)

    Contact:
    dfierrosgonzalez@health.ucsd.edu

  • Daisy Villanueva

    Daisy Villanueva

    Clinical Research Coordinator – Phlebotomist

    Research Interests:
    Mental health disorders; fetal alcohol syndrome; leukemia; and epilepsy

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)​

    Contact:
    davillanueva@health.ucsd.edu

  • Denisse Graciano

    Denisse Graciano

    Clinical Research Coordinator – Phlebotomist

    Research Interests:
    Immunology, autoimmune disease research, and precision medicine

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Program (NIH)

    Contact:
    dgraciano@health.ucsd.edu

  • Devin Tsumura

    Devin Tsumura

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Research Interests:
    Precision medicine and kinesiology

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Program (NIH)

    Contact:
    dtsumura@health.ucsd.edu

  • Elizabeth Pecoraro

    Elizabeth Pecoraro

    Clinical Research Coordinator - Phlebotomist

    Research Interests:
    Precision Medicine, Cancer, Clinical Trials, Public Health, and Child Development

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    epecoraro@health.ucsd.edu

  • Frine Bosworth

    Frine Bosworth

    Clinical Research Coordinator - Phlebotomist

    Research Interests:
    Infectious diseases, Autoimmune diseases/disorders, Precision medicine, Mental Health disorders, Geriatric diseases and clinical trials

    Education:
    Associate of Science - Nursing
    EKG Technician
    CPT I/Medical Lab Assistant

    Research Projects:
    COVID clinical trials
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    fbosworth@health.ucsd.edu

  • Gloree Miller

    Gloree Miller

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Research Interests:
    Mental health disorders; artificial intelligence and its clinical applications; genomics; and immunology

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    gdmiller@health.ucsd.edu

  • Katherine Crouthamel

    Katherine Crouthamel

    Clinical Research Coordinator – Phlebotomist

    Research Interests:
    Precision medicine; clinical trials; public health, and active transportation

    Education:
    B.A. in Psychology - San Francisco State University
    Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Professions - San Diego State University
    Clinical Trials Design and Management Certificate - UCSD Extension

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    kcrouthamel@health.ucsd.edu

  • Lienwil Padillo

    Lienwil Padillo

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Research Interests:
    Pediatrics/child development, immigration and social justice, language and culture, and neuropsychology/psychology/psychiatric medicine

    Education:
    B.S. in Human Developmental Sciences
    B.A. in Sociology - Social Inequality

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    l2padillo@health.ucsd.edu

  • Mericar Domdom

    Mericar Domdom

    Recruitment Manager

    Research Interests:
    Public health and precision medicine

    Education:
    B.S. Health Science with emphasis in Public Health - San Diego State University
    Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, UC San Diego

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    mdomdom@health.ucsd.edu

  • Oriana Aguilar

    Oriana Aguilar

    Lead Clinical Research Coordinator - Phlebotomist

    Research Interests:
    Precision medicine and genetics

    Education:
    Associate of Science, Biological Sciences
    Certified Phlebotomy Technician
    Certified Emergency Medical Technician

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    oaguilar@health.ucsd.edu

  • Sharon Vizcarra Ham

    Sharon Vizcarra Ham

    Clinical Research Coordinator - Phlebotomist

    Research Interests:
    Genetics, public health, clinical trials, precision medicine and cancer

    Education:
    BBA Business Administration - Universidad Autonoma de Baja California
    Project Management - Cetys Universidad
    Lean and Six Sigma for Phlebotomist - National Center for Competency Testing
    Certified Phlebotomy Technician - Universal Schools & Colleges of Health & Human Services

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    svizcarra@health.ucsd.edu