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. 

Nischal Acharya

Nischal Acharya graduated in 2017 from Brown University with an Honors BSc in Neuroscience. During his undergraduate studies, he completed a research thesis in the field of axon guidance. Following graduation, to integrate his interests in engineering and biology, he interned at NASA as a member of the Stanford-Brown iGEM team. Then, hoping to conduct translational neuroscience research, he worked on cancer drug development for glioblastomas and pancreatic cancers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Eager to understand drug discovery from a clinical research perspective, he joined Stanford’s Neurosurgery and Neurology Clinical Trials Team at the end of 2018. As a Clinical Research Coordinator, he studies the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of different therapeutics for Alzheimer ’s Disease. He is currently applying to medical school and enjoys drawing, writing, and playing basketball.

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.

Viktoriya Bourakova

Viktoriya Bourakova joined the Stanford Neuroscience and Neurosurgery Research Group in 2019 with a degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Classical Studies. Prior to joining Stanford, Viktoriya has been involved with neuroimaging research in war veterans exposed to traumatic brain injuries and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as explored the utility of PET imaging as a clinical biomarker in patients with atypical forms of Alzheimer’s Disease and various neurodegenerative diseases. Currently, she is primarily coordinating for Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trials in the Neuroimmunology Clinic. She plans to pursue Physician Assistant programs in Neurology or Neurosurgery.

Tricia Cunningham

Tricia Cunningham joined the Stanford Neuroscience Clinical Research Group in 2019. She received her MPH focused in Epidemiology from Boston University and MA in Psychology & Neuroscience from University of Richmond. Previous research experience includes public health genomics, infectious & chronic disease epidemiology, cognitive & behavioral neuroscience. She is currently working on NIH, investigator-initiated device trials in neurosurgery.

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.

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.

Christine Lin

Christine Lin joined the Stanford Neuroscience and Neurosurgery Research Group as a Clinical Research Coordinator Associate in 2018. She received her B.A. in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was involved in cognitive neuroscience research centered around neuroimaging. She also has experience working on the industry side of clinical research as part of the clinical operations team for several neurology studies. Currently, she is primarily coordinating epilepsy studies along with several autonomic and neuroendocrinology trials. She plans to eventually pursue a career in medicine. 

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 joined the Stanford Department of Neurosurgery in April of 2018 and works various device trials in neurosurgery, including the focused ultrasound trials for essential tremor and Parkinson's disease. 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.

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.

Ruba Shaik

Ruba Shaik joined the Stanford Neuroscience and Neurosurgery research group in 2019 as a clinical research coordinator. She received a B.A in Cognitive Science with a focus in neuroscience and computer science from U.C Berkeley. She primarily works in data analytics with Dr. Safwan Jaradeh and also helps coordinate epilepsy and autonomic studies. She eventually plans to pursue graduate studies. She has a passion for thrifting, live music and free food.

Stephanie Tran

Stephanie Tran joined the Stanford Neuroscience and Neurology Research Group as a clinical research coordinator in 2019. She graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in human biology in 2018. She conducted research throughout her undergraduate career in the department of dermatology in the Khavari Lab, and shortly after graduation, she joined the Andreasson Lab in the department of neurology. There she conducted wet lab experiments to understand the relationship between cell metabolism and its role in producing Alzheimer Disease. Currently, she is involved in clinical trials at the Stanford Headache Clinic overseeing cluster headache and migraine studies as well as conducting clinical research in the fields of Parkinson’s Disease and multiple sclerosis. Stephanie plans to eventually pursue a career in medicine.

Hong Bo Ye

Hong Ye is a clinical research coordinator in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. He manages trials involving a deep brain stimulation treatment for traumatic brain injury patients, a drug treating delayed ischemic outcomes in aneurysm patients, and new brain-interface technologies in the FDA-approval process. He came to our department fresh out of graduation from Stanford University, where he previously conducted research involving improving the stroke outcome in mice. Hong received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Stanford University and a Master of Science in Biology also at Stanford University. He is currently planning to apply to medical school.