Research efforts within the Department of Pediatrics encompass a broad range of topics and subspecialties, with our overall goal to improve care for kids. Through basic science, translational and clinical studies, and with more than $12 million in annual sponsored support, we are making discoveries that improve the understanding and treatment of childhood diseases both inside and outside the walls of our hospital.

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“As a clinician, your interaction with the patient in front of you is the most important thing at that moment. With research, you hope it will benefit a larger group, whether it’s three patients in the world with a particular disease or everyone who comes into contact with the health system.”

Henry Rozycki, M.D., Vice Chair of Research

Child Health Research Institute

The mission of the Child Health Research Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is to ask and answer critical research questions that will lead to improved health and a better future for our children.

To enhance cross-disciplinary collaborations and foster innovative investigations, we have established four research focus areas:

  • Emergency care/intensive care/cardiac/pulmonary
  • Health equity
  • Neurosciences
  • Translational and personalized medicine
Learn more about the Child's Health Institute

Research Faculty

Jennifer Accardo, M.D. [View Image]

Jennifer Accardo, M.D.

Developmental Pediatrics

Jennifer Accardo, M.D. [View Image]

Jennifer Accardo, M.D.

Developmental Pediatrics

Pediatrics, Neurology

Associate Professor

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Jennifer Accardo, M.D. at CHoR

Frances Austin, M.D. [View Image]

Frances Austin, M.D.

Hematology and Oncology

Frances Austin, M.D. [View Image]

Frances Austin, M.D.

Hematology and Oncology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Frances Austin, M.D. at CHoR

Jesse Bain, D.O. [View Image]

Jesse Bain, D.O.

Critical Care

Jesse Bain, D.O. [View Image]

Jesse Bain, D.O.

Critical Care

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Jesse Bain, D.O. at CHoR

Melanie Bean, Ph.D. [View Image]

Melanie Bean, Ph.D.

Endocrinology

Melanie Bean, Ph.D. [View Image]

Melanie Bean, Ph.D.

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Associate Professor
Co-Director, Health Lifestyle Center

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Melanie Bean, Ph.D. at CHoR

Timothy Bunchman, M.D. [View Image]

Timothy Bunchman, M.D.

Nephrology and Rheumatology

Timothy Bunchman, M.D. [View Image]

Timothy Bunchman, M.D.

Nephrology and Rheumatology

Pediatrics

Professor

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Tim Bunchman, M.D. at CHoR

Laura Caccavale, Ph.D. [View Image]

Laura Caccavale, Ph.D.

Endocrinology

Laura Caccavale, Ph.D. [View Image]

Laura Caccavale, Ph.D.

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Laura Caccavale, Ph.D. at CHoR

Samuel L. Casella M.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Samuel L. Casella M.D., M.P.H.

Cardiology

Samuel L. Casella M.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Samuel L. Casella M.D., M.P.H.

Cardiology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Samuel Casella, M.P.H., M.D. at CHoR

Nayef Chahin, M.D. [View Image]

Nayef Chahin, M.D.

Neonatal Medicine

Nayef Chahin, M.D. [View Image]

Nayef Chahin, M.D.

Neonatal Medicine

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor
Assistant Program Director, Pediatrics Residency

Nayef Chahin, M.D. at CHoR

Jeffrey Donowitz, M.D. [View Image]

Jeffrey Donowitz, M.D.

Infectious Diseases

Jeffrey Donowitz, M.D. [View Image]

Jeffrey Donowitz, M.D.

Infectious Diseases

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Jeffrey Donowitz, M.D. at CHoR

Nadirah El-Amin, D.O. [View Image]

Nadirah El-Amin, D.O.

Hematology and Oncology

Nadirah El-Amin, D.O. [View Image]

Nadirah El-Amin, D.O.

Hematology and Oncology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Nadirah El-Amin, D.O. at CHoR

Nikki Miller Ferguson, M.D. [View Image]

Nikki Miller Ferguson, M.D.

Critical Care

Nikki Miller Ferguson, M.D. [View Image]

Nikki Miller Ferguson, M.D.

Critical Care

Pediatrics

Associate Professor

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Nikki Miller Ferguson, M.D. at CHoR

David Friedel, M.D. [View Image]

David Friedel, M.D.

Infectious Diseases

David Friedel, M.D. [View Image]

David Friedel, M.D.

Infectious Diseases

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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David Friedel, M.D. at CHoR

Robin Foster, M.D. [View Image]

Robin Foster, M.D.

Emergency Medicine, Child Protection

Robin Foster, M.D. [View Image]

Robin Foster, M.D.

Emergency Medicine, Child Protection

Pediatrics

Professor

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Robin Foster, M.D. at CHoR

Emily Godbout, D.O. [View Image]

Emily Godbout, D.O.

Infectious Diseases

Emily Godbout, D.O. [View Image]

Emily Godbout, D.O.

Infectious Diseases

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor
Director, Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship

Emily Godbout, D.O. at CHoR

Madhu Gowda, M.D. [View Image]

Madhu Gowda, M.D.

Hematology and Oncology

Madhu Gowda, M.D. [View Image]

Madhu Gowda, M.D.

Hematology and Oncology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Madhu Gowda, M.D. at CHoR

Anshu Gupta, M.D. [View Image]

Anshu Gupta, M.D.

Endocrinology

Anshu Gupta, M.D. [View Image]

Anshu Gupta, M.D.

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Associate Professor
Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship

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Anshu Gupta, M.D. at CHoR

Marieka Helou, M.D. [View Image]

Marieka Helou, M.D.

Co Director, M3 Pediatric Clerkship

Marieka Helou, M.D. [View Image]

Marieka Helou, M.D.

Co Director, M3 Pediatric Clerkship

Pediatrics

Associate Professor

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Marieka Helou, M.D. at CHoR

Karen Hendricks-Muñoz, M.D. [View Image]

Karen Hendricks-Muñoz, M.D.

Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Karen Hendricks-Muñoz, M.D. [View Image]

Karen Hendricks-Muñoz, M.D.

Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Pediatrics

Professor

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Karen Hendricks-Muñoz, M.D. at CHoR

Sarah Hensley, M.D. [View Image]

Sarah Hensley, M.D.

Endocrinology

Sarah Hensley, M.D. [View Image]

Sarah Hensley, M.D.

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

Sarah Hensley, M.D. at CHoR

Jennifer Hinesley, Psy.D. [View Image]

Jennifer Hinesley, Psy.D.

Jennifer Hinesley, Psy.D. [View Image]

Jennifer Hinesley, Psy.D.

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Oliver Karam, M.D., Ph.D. [View Image]

Oliver Karam, M.D., Ph.D.

Critical Care

Oliver Karam, M.D., Ph.D. [View Image]

Oliver Karam, M.D., Ph.D.

Critical Care

Pediatrics

Professor
Chief, Division of Critical Care

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Oliver Karam, M.D., Ph.D. at CHoR

Cristin Kaspar, M.D. [View Image]

Cristin Kaspar, M.D.

Nephrology and Rheumatology

Cristin Kaspar, M.D. [View Image]

Cristin Kaspar, M.D.

Nephrology and Rheumatology

Pediatrics

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Joseph Khoury, M.D. [View Image]

Joseph Khoury, M.D.

Neonatal Medicine

Joseph Khoury, M.D. [View Image]

Joseph Khoury, M.D.

Neonatal Medicine

Pediatrics

Associate Professor

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Joseph Khoury, M.D. at CHoR

Tiffany Kimbrough, M.D. [View Image]

Tiffany Kimbrough, M.D.

General Pediatrics

Tiffany Kimbrough, M.D. [View Image]

Tiffany Kimbrough, M.D.

General Pediatrics

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Tiffany Kimbrough, M.D. at CHoR

William Koch, M.D. [View Image]

William Koch, M.D.

Infectious Diseases

William Koch, M.D. [View Image]

William Koch, M.D.

Infectious Diseases

Pediatrics

Associate Professor

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William Koch, M.D. at CHoR

Philip Kum-Nji, M.D. [View Image]

Philip Kum-Nji, M.D.

General Pediatrics / Primary Care

Philip Kum-Nji, M.D. [View Image]

Philip Kum-Nji, M.D.

General Pediatrics / Primary Care

Pediatrics

Associate Professor

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Philip Kum-Nji, M.D. at CHoR

Santhosh Kumar, M.D. [View Image]

Santhosh Kumar, M.D.

Allergy and Immunology

Santhosh Kumar, M.D. [View Image]

Santhosh Kumar, M.D.

Allergy and Immunology

Pediatrics

Associate Professor

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Santhosh Kumar, M.D. at CHoR

Apparao Kummarapurugu, Ph.D. [View Image]

Apparao Kummarapurugu, Ph.D.

Apparao Kummarapurugu, Ph.D. [View Image]

Apparao Kummarapurugu, Ph.D.

Pediatrics

Associate Professor

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Kelly Lastrapes, M.D. [View Image]

Kelly Lastrapes, M.D.

Hematology and Oncology

Kelly Lastrapes, M.D. [View Image]

Kelly Lastrapes, M.D.

Hematology and Oncology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Kelly Lastrapes, M.D. at CHoR

Suzanne Lavoie, M.D. [View Image]

Suzanne Lavoie, M.D.

Program Director, Pediatrics Residency

Suzanne Lavoie, M.D. [View Image]

Suzanne Lavoie, M.D.

Program Director, Pediatrics Residency

Pediatrics

Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases

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Suzanne Lavoie, M.D. at CHoR

Clifton Lee, M.D. [View Image]

Clifton Lee, M.D.

Co-Director, M3 Pediatric Clerkship

Clifton Lee, M.D. [View Image]

Clifton Lee, M.D.

Co-Director, M3 Pediatric Clerkship

Pediatrics

Associate Professor
Program Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

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Clifton Lee, M.D., FAAP, SFHM at CHoR

Megan Lo, M.D. [View Image]

Megan Lo, M.D.

Nephrology and Rheumatology

Megan Lo, M.D. [View Image]

Megan Lo, M.D.

Nephrology and Rheumatology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Megan Lo, M.D. at CHoR

Jonathan Ma, M.D. [View Image]

Jonathan Ma, M.D.

Pulmonary Medicine

Jonathan Ma, M.D. [View Image]

Jonathan Ma, M.D.

Pulmonary Medicine

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

Jonathan Ma, M.D. at CHoR

Mark Marinello, M.D. [View Image]

Mark Marinello, M.D.

Critical Care

Mark Marinello, M.D. [View Image]

Mark Marinello, M.D.

Critical Care

Pediatrics

Associate Professor

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Mark Marinello, M.D. at CHoR

Gita V. Massey, M.D. [View Image]

Gita V. Massey, M.D.

Hematology and Oncology

Gita V. Massey, M.D. [View Image]

Gita V. Massey, M.D.

Hematology and Oncology

Pediatrics

Associate Professor

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Gita V. Massey, M.D.at CHoR

Norma Maxvold, M.D. [View Image]

Norma Maxvold, M.D.

Critical Care

Norma Maxvold, M.D. [View Image]

Norma Maxvold, M.D.

Critical Care

Pediatrics

Associate Professor

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Norma Maxvold, M.D. at CHoR

Michael McVoy, Ph.D. [View Image]

Michael McVoy, Ph.D.

Infectious Diseases

Michael McVoy, Ph.D. [View Image]

Michael McVoy, Ph.D.

Infectious Diseases

Pediatrics

Professor

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Michael McVoy, Ph.D. at CHoR

Tazuddin Mohammed, M.D. [View Image]

Tazuddin Mohammed, M.D.

Neonatal Medicine, Neonatal Continuing Care

Tazuddin Mohammed, M.D. [View Image]

Tazuddin Mohammed, M.D.

Neonatal Medicine, Neonatal Continuing Care

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Tazuddin Mohammed, M.D. at CHoR

Kathleen Moyer, M.D. [View Image]

Kathleen Moyer, M.D.

Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Kathleen Moyer, M.D. [View Image]

Kathleen Moyer, M.D.

Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Kathleen Moyer, M.D. at CHoR

Bergen Nelson, M.D. [View Image]

Bergen Nelson, M.D.

General Pediatrics / Primary Care

Bergen Nelson, M.D. [View Image]

Bergen Nelson, M.D.

General Pediatrics / Primary Care

Pediatrics

Associate Professor

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Bergen Nelson, M.D. at CHoR

Bryce Nelson, M.D., Ph.D. [View Image]

Bryce Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

Endocrinology

Bryce Nelson, M.D., Ph.D. [View Image]

Bryce Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Associate Professor
Chief, Division of Endocrinology

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Bryce Nelson, M.D., Ph.D. at CHoR

Michelle Olson, M.D. [View Image]

Michelle Olson, M.D.

Critical Care

Michelle Olson, M.D. [View Image]

Michelle Olson, M.D.

Critical Care

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Michelle Olson, M.D. at CHoR

Alia O’Meara, M.D. [View Image]

Alia O’Meara, M.D.

Critical Care

Alia O’Meara, M.D. [View Image]

Alia O’Meara, M.D.

Critical Care

Pediatrics

Associate Professor

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Alia O’Meara, M.D. at CHoR

Russell Moores Jr., M.D. [View Image]

Russell Moores Jr., M.D.

Program Director, Pediatrics Fellowship

Russell Moores Jr., M.D. [View Image]

Russell Moores Jr., M.D.

Program Director, Pediatrics Fellowship

Pediatrics

Professor

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Russell Moores, M.D. at CHoR

Jennifer Rohan, Ph.D. [View Image]

Jennifer Rohan, Ph.D.

Hematology and Oncology

Jennifer Rohan, Ph.D. [View Image]

Jennifer Rohan, Ph.D.

Hematology and Oncology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Jennifer Rohan, Ph.D. at CHoR

Henry Rozycki, M.D. [View Image]

Henry Rozycki, M.D.

Vice Chair, Research

Henry Rozycki, M.D. [View Image]

Henry Rozycki, M.D.

Vice Chair, Research

Henry Rozycki, M.D.

Professor

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Henry Rozycki, M.D.at CHoR

Bruce Rubin, M.D. [View Image]

Bruce Rubin, M.D.

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Bruce Rubin, M.D. [View Image]

Bruce Rubin, M.D.

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Pediatrics

Professor

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Bruce Rubin, M.D. at CHoR

Michael Ryan, M.D. [View Image]

Michael Ryan, M.D.

Vice Chair, Education

Michael Ryan, M.D. [View Image]

Michael Ryan, M.D.

Vice Chair, Education

Pediatrics

Professor

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Michael Ryan, M.D., MEHP at CHoR

Michael Schechter, M.D. [View Image]

Michael Schechter, M.D.

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Michael Schechter, M.D. [View Image]

Michael Schechter, M.D.

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Pediatrics

Professor
Chief, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology

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Michael Schechter, M.D. at CHoR

H. Joel Schmidt, M.D. [View Image]

H. Joel Schmidt, M.D.

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

H. Joel Schmidt, M.D. [View Image]

H. Joel Schmidt, M.D.

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Pediatrics

Professor

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H. Joel Schmidt, M.D. at CHoR

Ashlie Tseng, M.D. [View Image]

Ashlie Tseng, M.D.

Director, Resident Quality Improvement Education

Ashlie Tseng, M.D. [View Image]

Ashlie Tseng, M.D.

Director, Resident Quality Improvement Education

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director, Pediatrics Residency and Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

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Ashlie Tseng, M.D. at CHoR

Uyen T. Truong, M.D. [View Image]

Uyen T. Truong, M.D.

Cardiology

Uyen T. Truong, M.D. [View Image]

Uyen T. Truong, M.D.

Cardiology

Pediatrics

Associate Professor
Director, Pediatric Cardiovascular Non-Invasive Imaging

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Uyen Truong, M.D. at CHoR

Narendra Vadlamudi, M.D. [View Image]

Narendra Vadlamudi, M.D.

Gastroenterology

Narendra Vadlamudi, M.D. [View Image]

Narendra Vadlamudi, M.D.

Gastroenterology

Pediatrics

Associate Professor

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Narendra Vadlamudi, M.D. at CHoR

Judith Voynow, M.D. [View Image]

Judith Voynow, M.D.

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Judith Voynow, M.D. [View Image]

Judith Voynow, M.D.

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Pediatrics

Professor

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Judith Voynow, M.D. at CHoR

Joanne Wang, M.D. [View Image]

Joanne Wang, M.D.

Hematology and Oncology

Joanne Wang, M.D. [View Image]

Joanne Wang, M.D.

Hematology and Oncology

Pediatrics

Associate Professor

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Joanne Wang, M.D. at CHoR

Edmond Wickham, M.D., FAAP [View Image]

Edmond Wickham, M.D., FAAP

Endocrinology

Edmond Wickham, M.D., FAAP [View Image]

Edmond Wickham, M.D., FAAP

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Associate Professor
Program Director, Adult Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship
Co-Director, Healthy Lifestyle Center

Edmond Wickham, M.D., FAAP at CHoR

N. Romesh Wijesooriya, M.D. [View Image]

N. Romesh Wijesooriya, M.D.

General Pediatrics

N. Romesh Wijesooriya, M.D. [View Image]

N. Romesh Wijesooriya, M.D.

General Pediatrics

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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N. Romesh Wijesooriya, M.D. at CHoR

Elizabeth Wolf, M.D. [View Image]

Elizabeth Wolf, M.D.

General Pediatrics / Primary Care

Elizabeth Wolf, M.D. [View Image]

Elizabeth Wolf, M.D.

General Pediatrics / Primary Care

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Elizabeth Wolf, M.D. at CHoR

Wei Zhao, M.D., Ph.D. [View Image]

Wei Zhao, M.D., Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Hospital Operations

Wei Zhao, M.D., Ph.D. [View Image]

Wei Zhao, M.D., Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Hospital Operations

Pediatrics

Chief, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Professor

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Wei Zhao, M.D., Ph.D. at CHoR

Shuo Zheng, Ph.D. [View Image]

Shuo Zheng, Ph.D.

Shuo Zheng, Ph.D. [View Image]

Shuo Zheng, Ph.D.

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Research Staff

  • Elizabeth Olmsted Associate Administrator
  • Sabrina Minter Research Administrator
  • Margaret (Meg) Lessard Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Emma Burge Assistant Research Administrator
  • Ryan Hayden Lead Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Andrea (Andi) Jewell Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Erica Memoli Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Andrea Molzhon, Ph.D. Project UPLIFT Manager
  • Megan Scott Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Shubhangi Sinha Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Aleksandar Subotic Clinical Research Coordinator
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