ICTS Leadership

Executive leadership

Patricia Winokur, MDPatricia L. Winokur, MD

Co-Director and CTSA Co-PI

patricia-winokur@uiowa.edu

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

Co-Director and CTSA Co-PI

marlan-hansen@uiowa.edu

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.

 

John BuatiiJohn Buatti, MD

Associate Director, Regulatory Knowledge and Support

john-buatti@uiowa.edu

 

 

 

Alexander Bassuk, MD, PhDAlexander Bassuk, MD, PhD

CTSA KL2 Co-PI

alexander-bassuk@uiowa.edu

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, Data Science and Research Methods

e-chrischilles@uiowa.edu

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

Director, Clinical Research Support

alejandro-comellas@uiowa.edu

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.

 

Heather Reisinger, PhDHeather Schacht Reisinger, PhD

Associate Director, Engagement, Integration, and Implementation

heather-reisinger@uiowa.edu

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.

 


Administration

DeAnna O’Quinn, BBA

Associate Director, Administration

deanna-oquinn@uiowa.edu

Dori HinsonDori Hinson, BA

Administrative Assistant

dori-hinson@uiowa.edu

 

 

 


Biomedical Informatics

Boyd Knosp, MS

Associate Director, Biomedical Informatics Operations

boyd-knosp@uiowa.edu

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.

 

Heath DavisHeath Davis, MS

Assistant Director, Biomedical Informatics Operations

heather-davis@uiowa.edu

 

 

 


Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design

Patrick Ten Eyck, MS, PhD

Assistant Director, Biostatistics and Research Design

patrick-teneyck@uiowa.edu

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.

 


Clinical Research Support

Alejandro ComellasAlejandro Comellas, MD

Director, Clinical Research Support

alejandro-comellas@uiowa.edu

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.

 

Jackline Wangui-VerryJackline Wangui-Verry, BSN, MSN

Assistant Director, Clinical Research Unit

jackline-wangui-verry@uiowa.edu

 

 

 

Kim SprengerKim Sprenger, RN, BS

Assistant Director, Clinical Research Support

kimberly-sprenger@uiowa.edu

 

 

 


Engagement, Integration, and Implementation

Heather Reisinger, PhDHeather Schacht Reisinger, PhD

Associate Director

heather-reisinger@uiowa.edu

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.

 

Justin KahlerJustin Kahler, MHA

Assistant Director

justin-kahler@uiowa.edu

 

 

 


Evaluation

Patrick Barlow, PhD

Associate Director

patrick-barlow@uiowa.edu

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.

 

Maran SubramainMaran Subramain, PhD

Assistant Director

maran-subramain@uiowa.edu

 

 


Human Performance Laboratory

Jason Wilken, PT, PhD

Associate Director

jason-wilken@uiowa.edu


KL2 Program

Alexander Bassuk, MD, PhDAlexander Bassuk, MD, PhD

CTSA KL2 Co-PI

alexander-bassuk@uiowa.edu

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. 

Jamie Thrams, MA

Assistant Director for Education

jamie-thrams@uiowa.edu

 

 


Mobile Technology Lab

Phil PolgreenPhil Polgreen, MD, MPH

Associate Director

philip-polgreen@uiowa.edu

 

 

 

Alberto Segre, PhD

Associate Director

alberto-segre@uiowa.edu

 

Shelby FrancisShelby Francis, PhD

Clinical Lab Supervisor

shelby-francis@uiowa.edu

 

 

 


Participant Recruitment

James Torner, PhD

Associate Director, ICTS

james-torner@uiowa.edu

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.

 

Kim SprengerKim Sprenger, RN, BS

Assistant Director, Clinical Research Support

kimberly-sprenger@uiowa.edu

 

 

 


Pilots Program

Joseph Zabner, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Translational Science Pilot Program

joseph-zabner@uiowa.edu

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.

Jamie Thrams, MA

Assistant Director

jamie-thrams@uiowa.edu

 

 


Regulatory Knowledge and Support

John BuatiiJohn Buatti, MD

Associate Director

john-buatti@uiowa.edu

 

 

 

Deb O'Connell-MooreDeb O'Connell-Moore, MBA

Clinical Trials Research Specialist

debra-oconnell-moore@uiowa.edu

 

 

 


Workforce Development

Marin Schweizer, PhDMarin Schweizer, PhD

Associate Director, Workforce Development

marin-schweizer@uiowa.edu

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. 

 

Lori AdamsLori Adams, PhD

Associate Director, Mentor Training

lori-adams@uiowa.edu

Lori Adams, PhD, is an associate professor of instruction in biology. For the ICTS, she is the Associate Director for Mentor Training and facilitates year-round mentor training sessions for graduate students, postdocs and faculty. Lori is recognized as a National Academies Education Mentor in the Life Sciences and a NIH National Research Mentoring Network Master Facilitator of “Entering Mentoring” and “Entering Research” evidence-based research curriculum.

 

Donna Santillan, PhDDonna Santillan, PhD

Associate Director, Undergraduate Program

donna-santillan@uiowa.edu

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. ​

 

Greg Stewart, PhD

Associate Director, Team Science

greg-stewart@uiowa.edu

Jamie Thrams, MA

Assistant Director for Education

jamie-thrams@uiowa.edu

 

 

Help the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Iowa continue making new strides in medical research by citing the NIH CTSA program grant UL1TR002537.