Jennifer J. Cory, MA2, CRA

Director of Operations

Ms Cory has over 18 years of experience in management and operations in the academic setting and her career spans the pre-award, post-award, and compliance areas of research administration. At Stanford, she has extensive experience working with faculty in pediatrics, blood and marrow transplantation and stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. The most recent past position she held was as Director of Research Administration in the Department of Pediatrics, where she had oversight of research operations, facilities, financial management practices, research policies, and procedures. The Department's research portfolio spanned bench to bedside with sponsored research expenditures of ~$50M per year. Prior to coming to Stanford, she was a research manager in the medical school at the University of Oxford. She has participated in various University committees and focus groups that aim to improve the quality and management of research programs and is a nationally recognized speaker and faculty member for the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), for which she travels to teach workshops in Departmental Research Administration and Contract Negotiation and Administration.

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Karen Kikuta

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator, Binns Program for Cord Blood Research, CDCM

Karen Kikuta is currently one of the Assistant Clinical Research Coordinators for the Binns Program for Cord Blood Research. She was born and raised in Brazil, but decided to move to the United States to pursue a career in medicine. She graduated in 2020 from Santa Clara University, earning a B.S. in Neuroscience with a double minor in Biology and Public Health. Karen has a passion for healthcare and innovative research. Throughout college, this passion motivated her to join a neurodevelopment-focused lab as an undergraduate assistant, to work as a teaching assistant for Chemistry and Neuroscience courses, to volunteer at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and to help establish the first pre-health professional fraternity on campus. Her current role is to coordinate specimen sample preparation, processing and distribution, as well as patient screening, recruiting and consenting.

Angelica Martinez, MPA

Operations Manager

Angelica Martinez, MPA currently serves as the Operations Manager for the Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine (CDCM) at Stanford University. Ms.  Martinez has more than 15 years of relevant administration, operations, and research coordination experience in research-centered higher education institutions. She is responsible for day-to-day administrative and operational management of the CDCM, acting as key liaison to internal and external partners.   Previously, she served as the Associate Director for Administration at the Health Equity Institute, San Francisco State University, where she was responsible for the overall budgetary, hiring, financial, and administrative processes. Ms. Martinez has also served as the Project Director for Gender-Economic Model (GEM) of HIV Risk in African-American and Latina Women at San Francisco State University and as Field Coordinator for the Intergenerational HIV Initiative for Latina Women (also “De Madre a Hija:  Protegiendo Nuestra Salud”or “Mija”) at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of  San Francisco, California.

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Talia Menezes

Research Coordinator, Binns Program for Cord Blood Research, CDCM

Talia Menezes is currently the coordinator for the Binns Program for Cord Blood Research. Prior to joining Stanford, Talia developed a passion for research and health care during her time at her alma matter, Santa Clara University where she graduated with a bachelors in Neuroscience. Currently, she facilitates the daily operations of the Binns program which include consenting patients, processing umbilical cord blood and distributing it to researcher here at Stanford. Talia is passionate about the Binns Program’s effort to advance research of a wide array of blood and immune disorders, from leukemia to sickle cell disease, by providing Stanford researchers with umbilical cord blood, an invaluable yet often overlooked resource.

Abinaya Nathan, PhD

Discovery Stage Project Manager

Abinaya Nathan is currently the Discovery Stage Project Manager for CDCM. She completed her PhD followed by a postdoctoral scientist position in an aging institute in Germany. She worked at Stanford as a Research Scientist working on pulmonary arterial hypertension and its impact on cardiovascular disease. During that time, she was a key player in the academic setting by performing and planning experiments of in vivo and in vitro biochemical/ cellular assays leading to a number of scientific publications. Alongside, she was also responsible in managing the lab in both, lab supply replenishment as well as supervision of high school and undergraduate students. Her current role is to plan, coordinate and manage investigator-initiated translational research projects of cell and gene therapies from its development to filing and submission of the IND. 

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Rhonda Perriman, PhD

Grants Manager and Scientific Editor

Rhonda Perriman is the Grants Manager and Scientific Editor for the CDCM. She completed her PhD. at Australian National University and her postdoctoral training as an American Cancer Society fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Following this training, she worked as a Senior Research Scientist at UCSC studying structure-function relationships within the multi-subunit RNA-protein enzyme (spliceosome) responsible for pre-mRNA splicing in eukaryotes. Her research provided substantial insights into the mechanistic details of novel spliceosomal RNA rearrangements that are required for accurate pre-mRNA splicing, and identified key protein co-factors that aid these. She is proficient in genetics, genomics, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Currently she leads the preparation of scientific proposals, grant applications and original manuscripts being submitted by faculty in the CDCM and Stem Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine. She also assists in the preparation of pre- and IND submissions to the FDA for approval of Clinical Trials.