Our Teams

Solutions Team

Solutions Team, led by Andrew Martin, PhD, is the front door to RIT services. The team connects researchers with the appropriate solutions that meet data capture, and management needs. 

Team members: Alvaro Alvarez, YongJae Lee, Irvin Szeto, Lee Ann Yasukawa

Platform Team

Platform team, led by Garrick Olson, is responsible for delivering core infrastructure components for SoM research (e.g. STARR) and translation efforts (e.g. CHOIR).

Team members: Ravin Abraham, Deepa Balraj, Wencheng Li, Joe Mesterhazy, Teresa Pacht

Applications Team

The applications team, led by Susan Weber, PhD, is responsible for delivering custom engineering solutions to enable SoM to stay at the innovation frontier of biomedical research.

Team members: Eileen Loh, Sanjay Malunjkar, Tina Seto, David Tom

Product Team

Product team, led by Somalee Datta, is responsible for delivering quality products and services across the entire Research IT portfolio. Her team works closely with faculty, and Research IT team to support successful execution and customer satisfaction. 

Team members: Nivedita Shenoy, Priya Desai, Jose Posada

Team Members

Alphabetical order

Álvaro Álvarez

Álvaro A. Álvarez is a Systems Engineer with years of experience in data and database management as well as project management. His primary role as a REDCap Specialist is to support various research projects from the school of medicine. Prior to joining Stanford, he was Resource Coordinator at Genentech and Data Manager at Caucaseco Scientific Research Center in Columbia. 

Deepa Balraj

Deepa Balraj is an ETL Engineer on the STARR project. She works on the system that extracts, processes and loads electronic health information from Stanford hospitals into the STARR system. She is a skilled software professional with 10+ years of experience in software development, vendor management, project management, performance engineering, and application administration, most recently at IBM. Her interests outside work involves classical dance and traveling.

Priya Desai, MS

Priya joins our team as Product Manager. Prior to this role, she was a Biomedical Scientst at Stanford Department of Genetics and Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine. Prior to a career in Data Science in biomedical area, she was an astrophycisist with Space Science Laboratory in UC Berkeley and Chandra Software Data Systems Group at the Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. She has a Masters in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Jae Lee, MBA

Jae Lee, MBA is the Application Engineer responsible for the client framework development platform. She worked for several years in consulting before moving to software. She has extensive application development and QA experience including both black- and white-box testing and is currently supporting the REDCap user community, offering best practices review and implementing custom feature requests. 

Eileen Loh, MS

Eileen Loh, MS is a Software Engineer who works primarily on the High Risk Infants Follow-up Quality of Care Initiative.  Eileen began her software career at Sun Microsystems, optimizing performance of early versions of java.  She has over ten years of experience analyzing, optimizing and implementing application server and middleware code.  Prior entering the software industry, Eileen worked as a scale-up/manufacturing engineer in the pharmaceutical industry and has a BS in Chemical Engineering.

Wencheng Li

Wencheng joins us from Citrix where he was architect of Citrix ShareFile Healthcare. He was co-founder of Image32 and the company was aquired by Citrix. Prior to that, he was architect at Orange Labs San Francisco where he developed a video recmmendation system. He has a MA in Software Engineering from San Jose State University.

Sanjay Malunjkar

Sanjay Malunjkar is Senior Technical Lead of the STARR project. He leads the team building HL7 message processing systems to populate the clinical data repository that forms the core of the STARR system. He is a computer scientist and software professional who had developed applications in financial services, legal, pharmaceutical, retail, telecommunications, marketing, and airline sectors using web services and J2EE before joining Research IT in 2006.

Andrew Martin, PhD

Andrew Martin, PhD is Principal Informatics Architect and the Research IT Solutions Lead. He has developed and managed informatics platforms for multiple biotech and drug-discovery companies, specializing in complex data mining, analysis and visualization. He received his PhD in bioorganic chemistry with Dr. Peter Schultz at UC-Berkeley studying protein dynamics and in vivo unnatural amino acid incorporation.

Joe Mesterhazy

Joe Mesterhazy is a Senior Software Developer for Research IT, as part of a team building a managed interdisciplinary research data commons. He has over 15 years of experience in higher education IT, and over 10 years of experience as a clinical and research software developer specializing in medical imaging. He joins us from the UCSF Department of Radiology at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

Garrick Olson

Garrick is our software architect and Platform Team Lead. After studying mathematics and computer science, he built software for banking and corporate finance before joining us in 2007. His research interests include application security, performance, and data visualization.

Teresa Pacht

Teresa Pacht is a Senior Software Developer on the CHOIR project. Prior to joining Research IT she was with Stanford University Libraries for 9 years as a Systems Developer for their "Bench>Press" product, a web-based manuscript tracking and management services application. Teresa is a computer scientist and software professional with extensive system design and development experience across a wide range of applications including publishing, manufacturing, finance and supply chain management.

Jose Posada Aguilar, PhD

Jose joins our team (and Shah lab) as Sr. Clinical Data Scientist. He has extensive background in NLP, text mining and clinical ontologies. He has a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from University of Pittusburg.

Tina Seto

Tina Seto is a Senior Clinical Data Engineer and is currently supporting the Oncoshare breast cancer research project, diverse data-intensive investigator-initiated research projects, Stanford's i2b2 implementation and the STARR project.  She has a MS in Computer Science from Stanford and previously worked at Oracle and a startup before joining Research IT in 2009.

Nivedita Shenoy

Nivi is an experienced IT business analyst and integral part of the Research IT Product team. She is driving adoption of Agile within Research IT. She has a Bachelors in Commerce, from Delhi University, India and MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune, India.

Irvin Szeto

Irvin Szeto is a Software Developer for Research IT.  He has worked within the Internet industry in the Valley for over 12 years.  His interests besides crafting elegant and invisible UX/UI for his users include data mining and visualizations as pertains to his work and areas outside of work such as sports and finance.

David Tom

David Tom is a Senior Systems Engineer on the STARR project. He is the lead developer on a variety of customer facing application projects. David is a software developer and joins us from Oracle, where he spent 17 years working on middleware, content management and desktop application products.

Susan C. Weber, PhD

Susan C. Weber, PhD, is the Engineering Director, and the Applications Team Lead. Susan has led multiple technological innovations and solutions at SoM and is the lead author of several peer reviewed publications including STRIDE and Real-time Complex Event Stream Processing System. She has a PhD in Computer Science and 20 years' experience as a professional software developer has been with IRT since 2003.

Lee Ann Yasukawa, MS

Lee Ann Yasukawa, MS is the Senior Application Developer affiliated with the Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Database project. Lee Ann was originally a control systems engineer at SLAC, then spent several years as both a server side engineer and an application developer on the Coghead platform.


Somalee Datta, PhD

Somalee Datta is the Director, Research IT. Somalee comes to Research IT from the Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine where she pioneered technology platforms in the areas of Big Data and Genomics, including innovative cloud-based methods for genomic analysis.  Prior to that she spent a dozen years working in Bay Area focused on next generation sequencing (Thermo Fisher), and drug development (Verseon). Somalee has a Ph.D. in Computational Physics from Boston University.

Todd Ferris, MD, MS

Todd Ferris, MD, MS is the Chief Technology Officer at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Stanford's Biomedical Informatics Training Program; his research interests include the security of health information and data repository architectures. He acts as an advisor to Research IT.

Michael Halaas

Michael Halaas is the Chief Information Officer for the Stanford University School of Medicine and Associate Dean of Industry Relations and Digital Health. Michael is deeply engaged in Research IT mission and provides oversight to the team.