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Biomedical Informatics Staff

Research and Division Support

  • 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

  • Elizabeth Santillanez, MPA

    Elizabeth Santillanez, MPA

    Program Coordinator

    Research Interests:
    Higher education training, research and community outreach
    Public health, global health and border health
    Chronic and infectious diseases
    Health Disparities

    Education:
    Masters in Public Administration (MPA), Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University
    Bachelor of Arts (BA), Scripps College
    Health Care Executive Leadership Program Certificate, UC San Diego Extension

    Current Projects:
    National Library Medicine, Training Grant Fellowship Program
    UC Hispanic Serving Institutions-Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI-DDI) Recruitment and Retention Doctoral Diversity Project

    Contact:
    Location: UC San Diego, ACTRI, 2W507
    Phone: (858) 534-8469
    esantillanez@health.ucsd.edu

  • Erickson Wilson

    Erickson Wilson

    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

  • Erin Bailey

    Erin Bailey

    Center Program Manager, RADx-rad

    Research Interests:
    Health disparities Research with a special interest of social determents of health factors
    Community engagement and ways to bridge trust amongst researchers and the community
    Community Precision Health focusing on individual and family health and development
    Implementation of data driven decision making and translation science. 

    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts; Art History - UMass Boston
    Master of Social Work; Social Change and Innovation - University of Southern California 

    Research Project:
    RADx-rad

    Contact
    elbailey@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

    Experience:
    Media/Public Relations Manager - Sprint
    Public Relations Manager & Marketing Consultant - Qualcomm
    Public Relations Manager - Sempra Energy
    Director of Public and Media Relations - Cricket Communications (AT&T)
    Director of Public Relations - Allison+Partners
    Communications Consultant - Robert Half International

    Research Project:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    jabriscoe@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

  • Michele Day, PhD

    Michele Day, PhD

    Program Manager and Technical Writer

    Education:
    PhD, Bioinformatics, University of California San Diego
    BA, Biochemistry, University of California Berkeley

    Current Projects:
    pSCANNER
    iDASH
    Clinical Data Warehouse

    Publications:
    Ohno-Machado L, Agha Z, Bell DS, Dahm L, Day ME, Doctor JN, Gabriel D, Kahlon MK, Kim KK, Hogarth M, Matheny ME, Meeker D, Nebeker JR, pSCANNER team. pSCANNER: patient-centered Scalable National Network for Effectiveness Research. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Jul-Aug;21(4):621-6. PMID: 24780722 PMCID: PMC4078293

    Sastri M, Haushalter KJ, Panneerselvam M, Chang P, Fridolfsson H, Finley JC, Ng D, Schilling JM, Miyanohara A, Day ME, Hakozaki H, Petrosyan S, Koller A, King CC, Darshi M, Blumenthal DK, Ali SS, Roth DM, Patel HH, Taylor SS. A kinase interacting protein (AKIP1) is a key regulator of cardiac stress. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Jan 29;110(5):E387-96. PMID: 23319652 PMCID: PMC3562788

    Ohno-Machado L, Bafna C, Boxwala A, Chapman BE, Chapman WW, Chaudhuri K, Day ME, Farcas C, Heintzman N, Jiang X, Kim H, Kim J, Matheny M, Resnic F, Vinterbo S, iDASH. Integrating data for analysis, anonymization, and sharing. J Am Med Inf Assoc 2011;Mar-Apr;19(2):196-201. PMID: 22081224 PMCID: PMC3277627

    Day ME, Gaietta GM, Sastri M, Koller A, Mackey MR, Scott JD, Perkins GA, Ellisman MH, Taylor SS. Isoform-specific targeting of PKA to multivesicular bodies. J Cell Biol. 2011 Apr 18;193(2):347-63. PMID: 21502359 PMCID: PMC3080257

    Contact:
    Location:  UC San Diego BRF2, 5A17
    Phone: 858-822-0931
    Email: mday@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

  • Priyanka Puthra, MS

    Priyanka Puthra, MS

    Technical Project Management Professional

    Research Interests:
    Health Information Technology; Quality and Process Improvement

    Education: 
    Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Biomedical Engineering, University of Mumbai
    Master of Science (MSc) in Bioengineering: Imaging and Sensing, University of Nottingham
    Master of Science (MS) in Health Informatics, University of California Davis

    Contact:

    pputhran@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

  • Victoria Patronilo

    Victoria Patronilo

    Research Assistant

    Research Interests:
    Psychology; Neurology

    Education:
    B.A. in Psychology - California State University Los Angeles

    Research Projects
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    capmc@health.ucsd.edu

  • Vira Danak Bhatt

    Vira Danak Bhatt

    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

  • Edward O’Neill

    Edward O’Neill

    Applications Programmer

    Contact:
    edoneill@health.ucsd.edu

  • Gary Kean

    Gary Kean

    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

  • John William Claypool

    John William Claypool

    Applications Programmer

    Contact:
    jclaypool@health.ucsd.edu

  • Kai Post

    Kai Post

    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 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

  • Paulina Paul

    Paulina Paul

    Database Administrator

    Contact:
    paulina@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

    Supreeth Shashjumar

    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

  • Daisy Fierros Gonzalez

    Daisy Fierros Gonzalez

    Clinical Research Coordinator – Phlebotomist

    Research Interests:
    Precision Medicine, Genetics

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Program

    Contact:
    dfierrosgonzalez@health.ucsd.edu

  • Daisy Villanueva

    Daisy Villanueva

    Clinical Research Coordinator – Phlebotomist

    Research Interests:
    Mental Health Disorders; Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; Leukemia; 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, Precision Medicine

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Program

    Contact:
    dgraciano@health.ucsd.edu

  • Gloree Miller

    Gloree Miller

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Research Interests:
    Mental Health Disorders; Artificial Intelligence and its Clinical Applications; Genomics; Immunology

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    gdmiller@health.ucsd.edu

  • Jovan Moreno

    Jovan Moreno

    Clinical Research Coordinator – Phlebotomist

    Research Interests:
    Diabetes; Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD); Schizophrenia

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    j3moreno@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

    Experience:
    Research Coordinator - Moores Cancer Center Biorepository, UCSD
    Study to Assess Hepatitis Risk (STAHR II) - School of Global Public Health, UCSD

    Contact_
    kcrouthamel@health.ucsd.edu

  • Klarissa Covarrubias

    Klarissa Covarrubias

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Research Interests:
    Mental Health Disorders; Artificial Intelligence and its Clinical Applications; Genomics; Immunology

    Research Projects:
    All of Us Research Project (NIH)

    Contact:
    kycovarrubias@health.ucsd.edu

  • Maryam Akbar

    Maryam Akbar

    Clinical Informatics Specialist

    Contact:
    mmakbar@health.ucsd.edu

  • Mericar Domdom

    Mericar Domdom

    Lead Clinical Research Coordinator

    Research Interests:
    Public Health, 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

  • Morgan Conrad

    Morgan Conrad

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Research Interests:
    Cancer; Genetics; Enzymatic Chemistry; 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

  • Oriana Aguilar

    Oriana Aguilar

    Clinical Research Coordinator - Phlebotomist

    Research Interests:
    Precision Medicine; 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

  • Ravinder Atwal

    Ravinder Atwal

    Clinical Applications Professional

    Contact:
    ratwal@health.ucsd.edu