Katie was formerly the lab's Program Manager, overseeing the Social Sciences research and administration. Katie graduated from Kalamazoo College with a dual BA degere in Biology and Spanish, and from University of Southern California with a Master's of Public Health, with a concentration in Global Health. She had startd out at Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute with Dr. Palaniappan where she primarily worked as a study coordinator trial. Katie is now a Research Manager for the division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University.
JIAQI HU, MPH, BIOSTATISTICIAN
Jiaqi Hu, MPH, MBBS, is a biostatistician. She came from China and had a one-year full-time clinical clerkship there. She completed her MPH in University of Southern California in 2015. She likes programming, problem-solving and especially enjoys working in the clinical research setting.
MARIA BREGENDAHL, MS, RESEARCH CONSULTANT
Maria consults on multiple DISCOVER Lab projects in the areas of Genomics and Diabetes. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Sports Science (with honors) at the University of the Philippines and her Masters degree in Exercise Science at Texas Tech University. Her graduate research addressed the needs of older adults with respect to fall prevention. She investigated the effect of manipulated verbal feedback on the functional motor performance of older women.
CHI WAI WONG, BS, ASSISTANT CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR
Chi Wong received his Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and minor in Nutritional Science from UC BERKELEY. Prior to working at the DISCOVeR Lab, he was invovled in research at VA to further examine prognostic markers obtained from Cardio Pulmonary Exercise tests for chronic heart failure. Chi likes to exercise on his free time, and he is enthusiastic to do research on exercise to improve quality of life for diabetic patients.
BETHANY FAY, BS, GENEPOOL RESEARCH COORDINATOR
Bethany Fay graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She obtained a B.S. in Human Biology and later plan on attending nursing school. She hopes to one day obtain her Masters degree and become a Nurse Practioner. She helped run both adult and child genetic research trials. In these studies, they looked for potentially hazardous biomarkers that could correlate to a genetic disease.
KHALIL WALAI, CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR
Khalil M. Walai is a Certified Phlebotomist Technician I, certified by the State of California with more than 8 years of experience. He is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator working in the DISCOVeR Lab, specifically on the IMPACT and STRONG-D Studies. As a Diabetes Paraprofessional, Khalil wants to contribute to research that will improve the quality of life of diabetics. Khalil desires to make a difference in teh lives of diabetic patients by incorporating lifestyle changes in their daily routine.
CARLA COELHO, MD/MBA, CLINICAL TRIAL COORDINATOR
Carla N. Coelho earned her medical degree from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1998 and her MBA from IBMEC, Brazil in 2008. Besides being a physician for many years in Brazil, she has previous experience at Stanford investigating the mechanisms of action of drugs and clinical research with a new medical device. She joined the DISCOVeR Lab in late April 2018, and she is very excited to be a member of the team in her new roles as a Clinical Trial Coordinator, helping individiuals living with diabetes.
KATE COURSEY, BA, ASSISTANT CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR
Kate received her Bachelor's degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies from Occidental College. After graduating, she worked on a research project at the National Cancer Institute and enrolled patients in Emergency Medicine clinical studies at Primary Cildren's Hospital. Living in India for a year on a Fulbright grant inspired Kate's interest in global health, and she hopes to further her understanding of research and patient care by attending medical school. Kate is excited to be working on clincial studiestaht encourage patients with diabetes to incorporate exercise into their daily lives.
KATHERINE VERA, BS, CLINCIAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR ASSOCIATE
Katherine recently graduated from Stanford University with her Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering. She has been working with the DISCOVeR clinical research team for the past two years helping with the IMPACT and STRONG-D Studies. Katherine is interested in medicine and patient-centered care, and really appreciates the opportunity to work with and learn from patients on a regular basis. As a Diabetes Paraprofessional, she is passionate about helping diabetics better manage their blood glucose levels and have a healthier lifestyle.
Chrystal is a Phlebotomist and a Medical Assistant, who worked with Dr. Palaniappan and Katie Hastings at Palo Alto Medical Foundation for two years. During her time with the DISCOVeR Lab, she acted as the lead Clinical Research Coordinator for the Strength Training Regiment for Normal weight Diabetics (STRONG-D) study. In September 2017, she accepted a spot in the Texas nursing program and left ot pursue her higher education goals.
MYO WONG, BA, ASSISTANT CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR
Myo Wong gradduated from UC Berkeley with honors in Molecular and Cell Biology. He loves working with patients and was the clinical coordinator of the Hep B Project serving underpriviledged populations in the East Bay Area. He has also done outcome based research at the VA hospital investigating prognostic markers for patients with chronic heart failure. He is excited to be working at the DISCOVeR Lab to help conduct clinical research and combat another chronic disease, diabetes.
Sayed Azamey, Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator
Sayed Azamey has extensive experience in Exercise and Sports Medicine. He is in the process of completing his Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from California State East Bay. He works with cardiologists/trained qualified staff to perform resting EKG on patients and conduct cardiovascular fitness testing (i.e. stress testing). He also conducts 1:1 sessions for diabetes management with patients as a diabetic paraprofessional.