Research Staff

Research Management

Christian Klemt, MSc PhD - Research Program Manager

Christian Klemt completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Berlin Institute of Technology. He joined Queen Mary, University of London to pursue a masters degree in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on musculoskeletal mechanics. To broaden his interest in musculoskeletal biomechanics, Christian joined Imperial College London in 2015 for a PhD aiming to customize musculoskeletal shoulder modelling utilizing Magnetic Resonance Imaging in order to more precisely assess joint functionality and joint stability for both native joints as well as joint replacements. Following the completion of his PhD, he joined the Bioengineering Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School to study in-vivo hip and knee biomechanics of patients with total joint replacement. Additionally, Christian’s Post-Doctoral research involved the retrospective analysis of patient data to identify risk factors for poor patient outcomes and implant failure. Recently, Christian developed and validated artificial intelligence technology to predict post-operative outcomes and complications for patients following hip and knee arthroplasty surgery in order to assist clinical decision-making. 

If you have any questions about the research program, please contact Christian at cklemt@stanford.edu.

Amishi Jobanputra, MS - Clinical Research Manager

Amishi joins the pediatric orthopedic surgery division as the Clinical Research Manager. She has her Master’s in Biochemistry and has gathered experience working in quality control, quality assurance, pre-clinical research, and phase 1B to 4 clinical trials. She has been directly involved in developing various research studies and projects including investigator initiated studies (IND). She manages clinical research operations for the pediatric orthopaedic surgery division and works with research coordinators and PIs in study set up, feasibility, budgeting, regulatory, data management, sponsored trials and student/residents/fellow projects.

Clinical Research Coordinators

Abby McIntyre, BS - Lead Clinical Research Coordinator

Abby graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in June 2021 with a B.S. in Kinesiology, concentrating in Exercise Science. She worked for two years as an undergraduate researcher with Kinesiology faculty members studying physical activity interventions and research translation. At Cal Poly, Abby also led a research study investigating the prevalence of eating disorders at her university and helped bring The Body Positive, a national eating disorder prevention program to the campus. As a lifelong athlete herself, Abby is excited for the opportunity to work with Dr. Kraus as a part of the Female Athlete Program at Stanford’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Hiba Naz, BS – Clinical Research Coordinator

Hiba is from Houston, Texas and graduated from University of California, Davis in September 2019 with a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. During her undergraduate she worked at the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research at UC Davis Health. She continued working at UC Davis Health after her graduation on several studies exploring barriers to cancer care for adolescent and young adults (AYAs) in low-and-middle-income countries in Latin America, barriers to AYAs’ participation in cancer clinical trials, symptom management for heart failure patients, and implementation of tobacco cessation services at UC Davis Health. Hiba is excited to support research and improve patient care and outcomes at Stanford’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Marleni Albarran, B.S. - Clinical Research Coordinator

Marleni is from Richmond, CA, and graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from UC Santa Cruz in 2020. After her undergraduate studies, she went on to become a COMET fellow at Stanford School of Medicine, scribing alongside amazing physicians and contributing to a depression screening quality improvement project within 33 primary care clinics. As a clinical research coordinator at Stanford's allergy and asthma research center, Marleni gained firsthand experience in anaphylaxis care and patient-focused research. Now, she is thrilled to be part of the pediatric orthopedic research team!

Amin Alayaleh, B.S. - Clinical Research Coordinator

Amin is from San Jose, California and graduated from University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Public Health and a minor in Biology. After completing his degree, he worked at Genentech as a Biomarker Operations Project Manager and supported several phase 3 clinical trials in the lung cancer therapeutic area. He went on to pursue his M.D. at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, where he completed three years and is taking a gap year to focus on research. At Stanford, Amin will be working with Dr. Shea and is incredibly excited to contribute to research in the rapidly growing field of pediatric sports medicine.

Julia Flora - Research Assistant

Julia is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is graduating from Stanford University in June 2024 with a degree in Human Biology. She is completing an honors thesis with the Snyder Laboratory that explores bone microarchitecture in female endurance athletes at risk for Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport. For the past 2 years, she worked at the Stanford School of Medicine to recruit patient participants for the Practice of Medicine course, emphasizing the inclusion of patients with limited English proficiency and medical interpreters in medical education. Now, Julia is excited to work with Dr. Kraus and the Female Athlete Science and Translational Research (FASTR) Program!

Nikita Katukota, B.S. - Clinical Research Coordinator

Nikita is from Long Island, New York and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2023 with a degree in Molecular & Cell Biology, Neurobiology. During her undergraduate studies, she worked at the University of California, San Francisco performing research in the Department of Reproductive Sciences. She also spent much of her undergraduate experience serving as a mentor to other premedical students and leading medical organizations on campus. As a recent graduate, Nikita is ecstatic to be continuing her journey in Stanford’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery!

Research Data Analyst

Nicole Segovia, MPH - Biostatistician

Nicole is a biostatistician with Stanford University’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and a Bay Area local. She graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a BS in Statistics and from Imperial College London with a Master’s in Public Health. From designing a study to analyzing the data and writing the manuscript, please reach out to her for help!

Former Team Members

Xochitl Bryson, Clinical Research Coordinator Associate 2021 - 2023 - is pursuing a new opportunity with Northwestern university.

Vanessa Taylor - Clinical Research Coordinator Associate 2022 - 2023 - is a grad school student at the University of Southern California.

Katie Hastings, Research Program Manager 2017 - 2021 - currently pursuing a PhD in Population and Health Sciences at UBC-Vancouver

Ann Richey, Clinical Research Coordinator Associate 2020 - 2022 - is a grad school student at the University of Washington.

Matt Rohde, Clinical Research Coordinator Associate 2021 - 2022 - is now a Medical student at Hofstra University 

Nadine Javier, Clinical Research Coordinator Associate 2021 - 2022 is now a Medical student at the University of Miami 

Joanna Langner, Clinical Research Coordinator Associate 2020 - 2021 is now a Medical student at the University of California, San Diego. 

Shayna Mehta, Assistant Clinical Research 2019 - 2021 is now a Medical student at Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine. 

Brian Vuong, Clinical Research Coordinator Associate 2019 - 2021 is now a PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Japsimran Kaur, Clinical Research Coordinator Associate 2019 - 2020 is now a Medical student at the University of Rochester.

Aleksei Dingel, Clinical Research Coordinator Associate 2019 - 2020 is now a Medical Student at University of Washington