Cystic Fibrosis Research Team

Our Research Team are committed not only to delivering the highest quality clinical care but also to preserving and advancing our academic missions of teaching and research. Teaching is a continuous process and inseparable from the lifelong learning that is at the heart of the profession of medicine. At any time, basic and clinical research projects involving our staff and patients are ongoing. Current research stresses rapid investigation of vanguard therapies for devastating illnesses, such as our first-in-the-world AAV-CFTF gene therapy and CPX pharmacotherapy trials in our CF patients.


Colleen Dunn, RRT, CCRC

Research Manager

Zoe Davies, PNP

Nurse Practitioner -- Research Coordinator

Jacquelyn Zirbes PNP, PhD

Nurse Practitioner -- Research Coordinator

Cathy Hernandez

Database Coordinator

Sean Ryan, RRT

Research Coordinator

Wendy Valencia

Research Coordinator

Daniel Alvarez

Clinical Assistant Research Coordinator

Monica Elazar

Regulatory Affairs Coordinator

Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Team

Mary Helmers, RN

Pediatric CF Clinic Coordinator

Sruthi Veeravalli, LCSW

Pediatric Social Worker

Julie Matel MS, RD

Pediatric Nutritionist

Candace Middleton, RCP

Pediatric Respiratory Therapy Care