People

John W. Day
Principal Investigator

Ramsey Nissan, MS
Lab Manger and Life Science Research Professional

Ramsey is a Life Science Research Professional that joined Stanford School of Medicine in 2017.  Ramsey began his research career at the University of Arizona, obtaining an M.S. in Biochemistry.  Since then, Ramsey has worked on bone degradation in microgravity at NASA Biosciences, Cardiovascular Surgery at Stanford School of Medicine, and now he is working under the supervision of Dr. John Day on neuromuscular degeneration diseases.  He is dedicated to bringing new and improved clinical treatments to patients with the goal of curing neuromuscular degeneration diseases.

Katharine Hagerman, PhD
Research Associate

Katharine is a Research Associate that joined Stanford in 2013 to work under the supervision of Dr. John Day.  Katharine began her research career at the University of Toronto, obtaining a Ph.D in Molecular Genetics.  It was here that she first became fascinated with the genetics of neuromuscular disorders and continued to pursue this interest during her post-doctoral training at the University of Rochester. 

She focused on myotonic dystrophy laboratory research while volunteering in the clinic performing community outreach and education. She is currently establishing a laboratory at Stanford focusing on molecular and cellular aspects of myotonic dystrophy research, as well as helping with clinical research studies

Tina Duong, MPT
Research Physical Therapist

Ms. Duong is a research physical therapist at Stanford with over 10 years of clinical experience in neuromuscular and pediatric research. She is instrumental in optimizing clinical endpoints for study design and assessments through the CINRG network and research in exercise regiments in mouse models of muscular dystrophy. She trains and educates clinicians worldwide on implementing and designing clinical outcome measures for international multi-site trials. She is a member of the International Outcomes Working Group in which she collaborates with experts to assess and develop novel outcomes and approaches toward function-based outcome measures in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. She continues to work on outcomes development with neuromuscular diseases and pursues her work on the benefits of rehabilitation and exercise as conjunctive therapies.

Richard Gee, PT
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

Richard has been practicing physical therapy since 1991.  He has been providing physical therapy services for more than 15 years Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Richard Gee has experience with the evaluation and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, gait abnormalities, orthotics, and mobility dysfunction.  He has worked in settings including acute care, outpatient centers, school based centers, and home care.

Sally Dunaway Young, PT, DPT
Research Physical Therapist

Sally is a research physical therapist who recently joined the Neuromuscular Division at Stanford in fall of 2018 under the direction of Dr. John Day.  A graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Columbia University, Sally joined the multidisciplinary team at the SMA Clinical Research Center at Columbia University in 2008.  She has over 10 years of research experience in single and multi-center clinical research studies in Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and other neuromuscular diseases including therapeutic and observational trials.  Additionally, Sally has coordinated the wheelchair and durable medical equipment clinic for a pediatric neuromuscular clinic population as well as worked as a private home care pediatric physical therapist performing evaluations and daily treatment sessions for patients diagnosed with neuromuscular disease.  Throughout her career she has participated in regional, national, and international meetings of clinicians and physical therapists where she provides education, training, and advance clinical care and clinical research, focusing on outcome measures, research related to motor function, and exercise.