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Research Team

Our mission is to become the destination department for surgeon-scientists and scientists in surgery.”

Daniela Ladner, MD, MPH
Vice Chair of Research and Innovation

We help each resident develop an individualized plan that includes faculty mentors, funding, advanced degrees or certification, and other career development activities. We are committed to recruiting and training the best of the next generation of leaders in academic surgery.”

Karen J Ho, MD
Director of Resident Research

James Burns

Research Administrator, Transplant Surgery

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Supports PIs in the Comprehensive Transplant Center

Devin Coachman

Research Administrator, Surgery

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Supports PIs: Abbass, Dumanian, Ellis, Halverson, Issa, Jordan, Kim, J., Kim, S., Ko, Poylin, Strong, Tatebe, Wayne

Lynnette Dangerfield

Research Project Manager, Vascular Surgery

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Supports PIs: Ho, Jiang, Eskandari and Vascular Surgery

Haena Jung

Research Administrator, Surgery

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Supports PIs: Elaraj, Galiano, Ghomrawi, Hong, Kulkarni, Mueller, Nagle, Raval, Schwulst, Sturgeon, Teitelbaum

Desiree Marte

Financial Coordinator, Surgery

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Assists the finance team in non-sponsored financial account management, budgeting processes, and the management and training of NUFinancials transactions.

Kelly Memmer

Assistant Director of Research and Finance, Comprehensive Transplant Center

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Supports PIs in the Comprehensive Transplant Center

Tanikka Mitchell

Manager of Research Administration, Surgery

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Supports PIs: Alam, Avella Patino, Bentrem, Bethke, Bharat, Clare, Garza-Castillon, Hansen, Hu, Hungness, Johnson, Khan, Kurihara, Lecuona, Lung, Odell, Shapiro, Stey, Yan, Yang

Melanie Mkrdichian

Director of Research Operations, Surgery

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Melanie Mkrdichian oversees both the research administration and NU finance teams.

Brittany Palmer

Associate Research Administrator, Transplant Surgery

brittany.palmer( at )

Supports PIs in the Comprehensive Transplant Center

Kashmeen Raza

Sr. Finance Administrator, Surgery

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Kash is responsible for payroll management, financial management of non-sponsored accounts, and aids in the annual budget process.

Rhiannon Weathers

Program Assistant IV, Surgery

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Rhiannon supports the Vice Chair of Research and the Department of Surgery

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