ICTS Leadership

Patricia Winokur, MDPatricia L. Winokur, MD

CTSA Co-PI and Co-Director of ICTS

Winokur's research career has spanned basic, translational and clinical research.  Most recently she has devoted her bench laboratory to understanding the molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. Winokur also runs an active clinical research program that has focused on infectious diseases related translational and clinical trials.





Marlan Hansen, MD

CTSA Co-PI and Co-Director of ICTS

Marlan Hansen, MD is a Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery. He is a practicing ENT-otolaryngologist at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Hansen has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years and enjoys the balance of clinical practice and research he is able to take part in at the University of Iowa.




Patrick Barlow, PhD

Associate Director, Program Evaluation

Patrick Barlow, PhD, serves as a member of the national-level CTSA Evaluator's Group and an active participant in the development of their forthcoming Common Metrics Initiative. His experience demonstrates his ability to direct the evaluation of complex, federally-funded research centers, such as the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.




Alexander Bassuk, MD, PhDAlexander Bassuk, MD, PhD

PI and Director, CTSA KL2 Program

Alexander Bassuk, MD, PhD, is a pediatric neurologist, researcher, and mentor. He has trained multiple medical students, resident and fellow researchers, and graduated three PhD students. He has been the recruiter for University of Iowa's Child Health Research Career Development Award since 2011 and mentored all junior faculty K12 pediatrician-scholars. He is involved with underrepresented minority recrutiment at all levels at the University of Iowa. 



Elizabeth Chrischilles, PhD

Associate Director, Biomedical Informatics

Elizabeth Chrischilles, PhD, leads the Research Expertise and Methods component and is a director for Biomedical Informatics in the University of Iowa Institute for Clinical and Translational Science where she is responsible for comparative effectiveness and medical product safety research leadership. She also serves as a K and T mentor.




Alejandro ComellasAlejandro Comellas, MD

Associate Director, Clinical Research Support

Alejandro Comellas, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and a practicing pulmonologist at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Comellas specializes in critical care and pulmonology and has clinical interests in patients with asthma and COPD. His research interests include lung injury and ambient air pollution. Comellas has a long history of research and has served as the PI on numerous studies.




Jess Fiedorowicz, MD, PhDJess Fiedorowicz, MD, PhD

Co-Associate Director, Workforce Development

Dr. Fiedorowicz is a psychiatrist and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology, and Internal Medicine. For the ICTS, he is Co-Associate Director of Workforce Development and oversees the Masters of Science in Translational Biomedicine program, the KL2 scholars proram, the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science, the Academy for Research Professionals, and the Iowa Mentoring Academy. He is also actively involved in several non-credit education activities and workshops and in promoting team science. His research focuses on the primary causes of excess mortality in mood disorders, vascular disease and suicide, with a focus on bipolar disorder. He is the Director of the University of Iowa Mood Disorders Center. 



Boyd Knosp, MS

Associate Director, Biomedical Informatics Operations

As dean for information technology (since 2008), Boyd provides leadership in IT planning in the areas supporting research, education, and administration for the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He also oversees the biomedical informatics operations of the ICTS including planning and management of data management and warehouse services, custom application development, and ICTS administration support.




Donna Santillan, PhDDonna Santillan, PhD

Associate Director, Workforce Development

Donna Santillan, PhD is a Molecular Biologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology with particular interests in biorepositories, maternal diseases during pregnancy, and education. She is the Director of the Women’s Health Tissue Repository. Donna Santillan is directing the Early Scholars Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science program and leading the Introduction to Translational Research course. 




Heather Reisinger, PhDHeather Schacht Reisinger, PhD

Associate Director, Engagement, Integration, and Implementation

My area of expertise is conducting ethnographic research in fields known for their interdisciplinarity. After completing my doctoral training in medical anthropology, I expanded my research skills and undertook training in epidemiology and biostatistics, while remaining dedicated to promoting ethnographic research outside my home discipline.




Marin Schweizer, PhDMarin Schweizer, PhD

Co-Associate Director, Workforce Development

Marin Schweizer, PhD, is an epidemiologist and Associate Professor of General Internal Medicine. She is also a Co-Associate Director of Workforce Development and oversees the MSTBM program. Her primary research focus is healthcare associated infections, specifically surgical site infections and bloodstream infections. 




Patrick Ten Eyck, MS, PhD

Assistant Director, Biostatistics and Research Design

Patrick Ten Eyck, MS, PhD, is the ICTS Assistant Director for Biostatistics and Research Design. His research interests involve model selection, applications in biomedicine and public health, categorical data analysis, and statistical computing.Patrick is a member of the American Statistical Association and American Public Health Association.




James Torner, MS, PhD

Associate Director, Recruitment and Patient Engagement

James C. Torner, PhD, MS is Professor of Epidemiology, Surgery, Neurosurgery and Health Informatics. He has coordinated and conducted clinical trials in neurological disorders, acute brain injury, osteoporosis and women’s health. Torner was the founding Director of the Preventive Intervention Center which has conducted population-based clinical trials and cohort studies.




Joseph Zabner, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Translational Science Pilot Program

Zabner's translational research focuses on the antibacterial innate immunity of the airway epithelia, in particular how the lack of a chloride channel 'CFTR' results in pulmonary lung infections in a rare genetic disease; cystic fibrosis. His laboratory investigates this question using primary cultures of human airway epithelia, animal models, and humans with cystic fibrosis. His team is currently studying the effect of inhaled xylitol to enhance airway innate immunity.




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