Our Teams

Our teams are named after gemstones. The teams are cross-functional with diverse expertise.

Topaz Team

Andrew Martin, PhD, is the technical lead of our Topaz team. The team manages Stanford REDCap platform and has extensive experience in data management and supporting researchers. 


Emerald Team

Garrick Olson is the technical lead of the Emerald team. This team builds and manages CHOIR learning health care, and mHealth platform.  


Ruby Team

Susan Weber, PhD, is the technical lead of Ruby team. Her team has a broad range of software engineering and application development experience. The team builds and supports enterprise applications like STRIDE (now known as STARR Tools), HRIF, and SEAL.


Sapphire Team

Joe Mesterhazy is the technical lead of the Sapphire team. This team has extensive experience in building modern enterprise platforms (e.g., CI/CD, MLOPs) and is responsible for the infrastructure behind STARR (OMOP, Imaging etc.).  


Coral Team

Priyamvada Desai, MS, is the technical lead of Coral team. Her team of data scientists and data engineers are responsible for STARR data integrity, quality, standardization, documentation and data science training. 


Opal Team

David Love, MS, is the technical lead of the Opal team. The team supports other Research IT teams by streamlining business operations (e.g., invoicing), partner management (e.g., contracting), agile program and project management in collaboration with PMO. 


Team Members

Alphabetical order (Last Name)

Álvaro Álvarez

Topaz Team

Álvaro A. Álvarez is a IT Business Analyst. Alvaro has extensive experience in data and database management, and research workflow analysis. Prior to joining Stanford, he was Resource Coordinator at Genentech and Data Manager at Caucaseco Scientific Research Center in Columbia.  


Deepa Balraj, MS

Sapphire Team

Deepa Balraj, MS, is a Software Developer. She has extensive experience in software development, vendor management, project management, performance engineering, and application administration. Prior to joining Stanford, she was at IBM. Her interests outside work involves classical dance and traveling. 


Srinivasan Boosi

Ruby Team

Srinivasan Boosi is a Technical Manager. He has extensive experience in software engineering and application development. Prior to joining our team, he was working with UIT/OOD developing J2EE based applications for alumni.stanford.edu site and data integration solutions for ADAPT system. He brings us over a decade of experience in dealing with multiple technology platforms and solutions to the real world problems. 


Stephanie Byrne

PMO

Stephanie is from TDS PMO. She has extensive experience in customer and project management. Prior to joining our team, she was restuarant and HR manager at Limon in Walnut Creek. Prior to Limon, she was Executive Assistant and Office Manager at Steelwedge Software in Pleasanton. She is currently majoring in Business Management from University of Phoenix.


Somalee Datta, PhD

Director

Somalee Datta, PhD, is a Scientific Leader. Somalee has extensive experience in scientific product development. 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. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and reading.


Priyamvada (Priya) Desai, MS

Coral Team

Priya Desai, MS, is a Scientific Manager. She has extensive experience in data science. Prior to this role, she was a Biomedical Scientist 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, MS

Topaz Team

Jae Lee, MS, is a Technical Manager. She has extensive experience in data workflows, data capture design, research data management, and in software and engineering consulting. She has a Masters in Operations Research and BS in Mathematical & Computational Science from Stanford University.


Eileen Loh, MS

Ruby Team

Eileen Loh, MS, is a Software Developer. She has extensive experience in software engineering and application development. 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.


David Love, MS

Opal Team

Dave Love, MS, is a Technical Leader.  Dave has extensive experience in DevOps, and Operations. Dave comes to IRT after many years at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he played a variety of lnformation Technology leadership roles. Prior to joining Stanford in 2002, he worked at several Bay Area technology startup companies.  He has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota.


Sanjay Malunjkar

Ruby Team

Sanjay Malunjkar is a Technical Manager. He has extensive experience in software engineering and application development. 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

Topaz Team

Andy Martin, PhD, is a Technical Leader. Andy is a proficient informatics architect. 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.


Glenna Mayo

Ruby Team

Glenna is a Software Developer. She has extensive experience in software engineering and application development. She brings experience in both software development and healthcare data processing from Bay Area firms ranging from stalwarts HP & Yahoo, to startups, to a proof of concept government grant for the Veterans Administration converting old data to JSON-LD FHIR. Glenna has a lifelong interest in clean design/well-tested software architecture and beautiful user interface that helps improve quality of life for people. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, gardening, photography, and culinary experiments.


Joe Mesterhazy

Sapphire Team

Joe Mesterhazy is a Technical Manager. He has extensive experience in higher education IT,  clinical and research software development with subject matter expertise in medical imaging. He joins us from the UCSF Department of Radiology at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.


Garrick Olson

Emerald Team

Garrick is a Technical Leader. He is a proficient system architect with extensive experience in data security. 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

Emerald Team

Teresa Pacht is a Software Developer. She has extensive experience in software engineering and application development. Prior to joining Research IT she was with Stanford University Libraries 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. 


Joe Pallas, PhD

Ruby Team

Joe Pallas PhD., is a Software Developer. He has extensive experience in software engineering and distributed computing. He has a PhD from Stanford’s Computer Science department, and has returned to Stanford after working for a number of Silicon Valley companies large and small.  His software interests include distributed systems, tools for data manipulation and analysis, and strategies for software quality and maintainability. Outside of work Joe practices the equestrian sport of dressage.


Nitin Parikh, MS

Coral Team

Nitin Parikh, MS, is a Business Intelligence Analyst. He has extensive experience in healthcare including Epic tools like Clarity, Caboodle, Hyperspace, SlicerDicer and Reporting Workbench. Nitin has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His background includes working for aerospace, packaging, and health care organizations.


Sneha Ravi

Coral Team

Sneha Ravi, Ph.D., is a Data Scientist. Prior to joining our team, Sneha worked as Data Scientist at Uber, as well as an educator on the Numerade platform. Sneha has a Masters in Bioengineering from UPenn and a PhD in Computational Neuroscience from Duke University.


Jonasel Roque

Ruby Team

Jonasel Roque is a Software Developer. Prior to this role, he served the School of Medicine as a clinical research coordinator in the Emergency Department and Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine, primarily running clinical trials and biobanks related to sepsis, Acute respiratory Distress Syndrome, and COVID-19.


Jordan Schultz

Topaz Team

Jordan Schultz is a Software Developer. He is a graduate from UC-Davis where he studied computer science while playing on the volleyball team. Aside from interests in fitness, music, and technology, he is an avid foodie and is also aspiring to pursue graduate school in the future.


Tina Seto, MS

Coral Team

Tina Seto is a Software Developer. She specializes in data engineering and has deep domain expertise in EHR data. 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, MBA

PMO

Nivi is an IT Business Analyst from TDS PMO. She has a Bachelors in Commerce, from Delhi University, India and MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune, India.


Irvin Szeto

Topaz Team

Irvin Szeto is a Software Developer. He is proficient in UX/UI. 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. Prior to joining our team, he has worked with multiple companies in Internet industry in the Bay Area. 


Tyler Tollefson

Sapphire Team

Tyler Tollefson is a Software Developer. Tyler’s strengths include testing, automation, and optimization of data extracts and is proficient in C# and Java. Tyler is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, with major and minor degrees in Computer Science and Math. 


Ryan Valentine

Topaz Team

Ryan Valentine is a Software Developer. He studied Economics at Miami University.

 

 


Lei Wang, MS

Emerald Team

Lei Wang, MS, is a Software Developer. She has extensive experience in software engineering and application development. Prior to TDS, Lei was at LPCH, where she led an effort to design and implement a patient-facing public portal and web applications used by doctors for patient care. Prior to LPCH, she worked at a variety of bay area companies, including Intel and HP. Lei has a Master's in Computer Science. She lives here in Palo Alto, where she is active volunteering for school and community projects. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and eating pie.


Susan C. Weber, PhD

Ruby Team

Susan C. Weber, PhD, is a Technical Leader. She is proficient in software engineering, and application development. She has a PhD in Computer Science and 20 years' experience as a professional software developer. She has been with the team since 2003.


Lee Ann Yasukawa, MS

Topaz Team

Lee Ann Yasukawa, MS, is a Software Developer. She is proficient in software engineering, and application development. 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.


Ihab Zeedia, MS

Topaz Team

Ihab Zeedia, MS, is a Software Developer. He has extensive experience in software engineering. He has a master’s degree in information systems management with a decade of professional experience in development from manufacturing, e-commerce and social media companies. His interests are in data mining, Business Intelligence and learning new technologies.