Research Faculty & Staff

Vice Chair of Research

Michael Jacobs, PhDMichael A. Jacobs, PhDVisit Profile Page

Research Faculty

Alireza Akhbardeh, PhDAlireza Akhbardeh, PhDVisit Profile Page
Khader Hasan, Ph.D.Khader M. Hasan, PhDVisit Profile Page
Juan Herrera, PhDJuan J. Herrera, PhDVisit Profile Page
Huang-ShuningShuning Huang, PhD, MSVisit Profile Page
Hongyu Wang, MD, PhDHongyu Wang, MD, PhDVisit Profile Page

Clinical Research Team

Usha Menon, PhD
Sr. Program Manager-Research
Tel: 713-500-7701

 Primary point of contact for the Clinical Research Team
 Initial contact for all Grants and Contracts submissions involving Clinical Research
 Primary point of contact for Budget development and budget negotiation with all Sponsors
 Primary point of contact for DII Approvals for all studies across UTHealth involving research imaging
 Regulatory oversight
Lauren McGuire, RN
Sr. Research Nurse
Tel: 713-500-6274

 Primary point of contact for clinical aspects for Grants and Industry-sponsored studies
 Regulatory oversight, especially SAE/AE determinations and ICF preparation/finalization
 Support for DII Protocol Approvals for all studies across UTHealth involving research imaging
 Study Feasibility assessments
 Internal audits and training oversight
 Support on all open studies as needed
Selwyn Chopin-Sanderson, MBA, MHA
Program Manager
Tel: 713-500-7651

 Submission of START Grant Proposals and Contract Agreements
 CTSU Administrator for the Research Team
 Invoicing, PO Requests, Radiology Start-up fees collection
 Point of Contact after Grants and Contracts have been initiated
 Website support
 Ordering and reimbursements
Trinette Polydore, BBA
Regulatory Specialist
Tel: 713-500-7612

 Submission of all IRB applications
 Maintenance of regulatory binders including CITI training
 Routine maintenance on all prospective and retrospective studies in DII in iRIS
 Support on audits and website
 Study Closeout
Bridgett Hobbs, RN
Research Nurse
Tel: 713-500-7758

 Primary research nurse and coordinator for the open GI/GU trials (interventional device/nuclear medicine) and blood biomarker studies
 Regulatory support, especially SAE/AE determinations and ICF preparation/finalization
Praneeth Nadimpalli, MS
Research Associate
Tel: 713-500-7683
Claudia Henley, RN
Research Nurse
Tel: 713-704-9567

 Primary research coordinator for the open trauma and interventional device trials
 Regulatory support, especially SAE/AE determinations
Cecily Gonzales
Research Coordinator I, Upper Kirby
713-500-7797

 Primary research coordinator for the open mammography trial at the U. Kirby site
 Regulatory support, especially SAE/AE determinations