Stanford Neurosciences Clinical Trials Team

Emma Adair Ryan & Maria Coburn

Clinical Research Managers
Departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery

Maria and Emma have been in research operations at Stanford since 2006 and 2012 respectively. Together they manage the Neurology and Neurosurgery Clinical Trials Team consisting of 20 coordinators running over 70 clinical trials in a variety of Neurology & Neurosurgery specialties. They serve as liaison to both external and internal agencies. They work closely with senior management in both departments to manage trial group finance, compliance, and resources. They also work closely with many PIs for staffing, study start up and protocol development.  Above all, Maria & Emma promote team efficiency, engagement, and safety to, at the end of the day, offer cutting edge therapies for our patients. 

Sharon Sha, MD, MS
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Sharon Sha is the medical director of the Clinical Trials group. She serves as the primary faculty liaison and is available to provide feedback to new investigators about how to approach Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials. Dr. Sha works closely with Maria & Emma to develop strategic mission & goals for the trials team as well as oversee administrative operations related to the group including trial feasibility. Dr. Sha has extensive experience as Principal Investigator and is currently spearheading several Alzheimer’s Disorders trials. 

Hanna Balcha

Hanna Balcha joined the Stanford Neuroscience and Neurosurgery Research Group in 2018. She received her B.A in Neuroscience and ethics in Biomedicine from Dartmouth College. She has clinical research experience in neuroscience, psychology, epidemiology and reproductive health. She is really interested in Neurodegenerative disorders and plans to pursue a career in medicine in neurology or neurosurgery.

Anthony Bet

Anthony Bet joined the Stanford Neuroscience and Neurosurgery Research Group in 2015 with a degree in medical biology. He currently coordinates several Neuroendocrine and Neurosurgery clinical trials. He also supports the Neuroscience and Neurosurgery group with IRB/ regulatory submissions and maintaining the laboratory spaces.

Sia Boumis

Sia Boumis joined the Neuroscience Clinical Research group in 2016. She received a B.A. in Business from St. Mary's College of California and Post-Bac in Health Science from Seattle University. She has clinical research experience in Industry sponsored clinical intervention trials, NIH sponsored, and Principal Investigator initiated studies. 

Ayesha Fraser 

Ayesha Fraser has nine years of combined experience in biomedical research, public health, and clinical research. Throughout her undergraduate and professional career, she acquired research experience with immunology, epidemiology, cardiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and oncology. She’s looking forward to expanding her knowledge at Stanford University.

Jenn Gaudioso

Jenn Gaudioso is the Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trial Program Manager for the Neurology & Neurosurgery Clinical Trials Team. She joined Stanford in 2016 as a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, having extensive experience coordinating multiple clinical trials simultaneously in the field of Neurology. Jenn has a dual bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Psychology and Sociology.

Jacob Hartley

Jacob Hartley joined the Neuroscience Research Group as a Clinical Research Coordinator in 2017. His previous research experience at Stanford University includes concussion diagnostic devices, neuropsychological testing, and neuroimaging studies. Currently, he is involved in clinical trials at the Stanford Hoover Headache Clinic overseeing cluster headache and migraine studies.

Christopher Jo

Christopher Jo joined the Stanford Neuroscience and Neurosurgery Research Group in 2017. He coordinates several ongoing clinical trials in the Neuroimmunology Clinic and the Neurosurgery Clinic, including Multiple Sclerosis Research and the Brain Bank Project. 

Yamuna Joseph

Yamuna Joseph is a clinical research coordinator, currently coordinating several ongoing Multiple Sclerosis clinical trials in the Neuroimmunology Clinic. She joined the Stanford Neuroscience and Neurosurgery Research Group in 2016. She has previously worked on clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease, migraine and cluster headaches.

Kathy McDonald

Kathy McDonald is from Brooklyn, NY where she worked at Weill Cornell Medical College/NY Presbyterian Hospital  in clinical research for many years.  She joined Stanford in 2014 working at the Cancer Center with Dr. Ronald Levy in Lymphoma on Immunotherapy studies.  She joined Neurosurgery in 2016 where she leads the SanBio Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury stem cell studies as well as the InSightec Essential Tremor and Parkinson's Disease studies for MR Focused Ultrasound studies. 

Amanda Ng, MA

Amanda Ng started with Stanford's Department of Neurology in April 2018. She received her Master of Arts in Mind, Brain, and Behavior from San Francisco State University in 2015. Her previous experience includes working in research for over 10 years in various Psychology research labs, investigating different clinical disorders, diverse age ranges, experience with coding in R and Matlab, and experience with both EEG and MRI modalities. She is currently interested in doing clinical research into the mind and brain that can be both impactful and translational.


Vyvian Ngo

Vyvian Ngo holds an MPH with an emphasis in epidemiology. Previous research experience includes projects in evolution and ecology, tobacco regulation, and nephrology. She currently works as a clinical research coordinator for the Stanford Department of Neurosurgery. Other interests include yoga, traveling, and pretending she's still a rock climber.

Lila Perrone

Lila Perrone joined the team as an assistant clinical research coordinator at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center in October 2017. While her previous research experience at UCSF was centered on endometriosis, here at Stanford she is primarily involved in coordinating multiple sclerosis research. She has a passion for literature as well as medicine, and is considering both graduate studies and medical school.

Guiping Qin

Guiping Qin joined the Stanford Neurosurgery Research Group as clinical research coordinator in 2017. She is responsible for three neurosurgery projects.

Omar Rutledge

Omar Rutledge is a clinical research coordinator for the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. He manages trials involving new brain-interface technologies in the FDA-approval process. He came to our department from the Cancer Clinical Trials Office at Stanford. Omar is also the lab manager for the 7T MRI Lab in the Radiological Sciences Laboratory at Stanford. In this capacity, he designs and builds RF coils for 7T MRI applications. Omar received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and earned a Master of Science in Biomedical Imaging from the University of California, San Francisco. He is currently in the process of interviewing for PhD programs in Neuroscience.

Bharati Sanjanwala

Bharati Sanjanwala is a Clinical Research Coordinator, coordinating clinical trials for Neurology and Neurosurgery protocols. She is an SOCRA certified clinical research coordinator. She has been doing research work at Stanford since 2003.  She has a M.Sc. in Immunology. Prior to Clinical Research, she worked as a scientist doing basic research in immunology.

Jordan Seliger

Jordan Seliger is a clinical research coordinator in the Neurology Department working with Dr. Kimford Meador, conducting epilepsy studies. Before joining the Neurology Department in 2017, Jordan received his BA and MA in psychology at San Francisco State University, focusing on cognitive neuroscience.

Hong Bo Ye

I graduated from Stanford University with a BS in biology in 2017, and a MS in biology in 2018. My previous experience includes projects in two very different topics: plant fungal resistance in Arabadopsis and immune modulation to improve stroke outcomes in mice. I want to apply myself to something different from the laboratories I've worked in before, and coordinating clinical trails is a great way for me to use the clinical skills I've developed in my undergrad career and to be on the forefront of science and medicine. Additionally, I am passionate about medicine because I love working closely with people. I plan to apply to medical school in a few years. My other interests include cooking, powerlifting, and critiquing films and video games.