Welcome to the Office of Clinical Research


Meet the Team 

Mission Statement

The Office of Clinical Research (OCR) is a central office in the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) designed to support the management and conduct of clinical research while promoting compliance. This is accomplished through standardizing the approach to clinical research across the various research centers and departments in the Perelman School of Medicine, and supporting investigative teams through regulatory and operational assistance, and enhancements in study management and oversight.

OCR seeks to promote human research for the advancement of healthcare while ensuring the highest level of research participant safety and facilitating the highest quality research by:

  • Realizing the best research standards through adherence to university and government research policies and regulations;
  • Supporting investigators and research teams through process improvement, innovative technologies, and education and training initiatives;
  • Propagating best operational practices to maximize the efficiencies of research activities;
  • Collaborating with University organizations involved with human research.

Meet the Team


Emma A. Meagher, M.D.
Professor, Medicine and Pharmacology
Vice Dean, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Vice President, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Phone: 215-898-6125
Email: emma@upenn.edu

Lorri Schieri, MBA
Chief Operating Officer, Clinical and Translational Science
Phone: 215-573-0900
Email: ​schieril@upenn.edu



Stacy Mercado, MS, CHRC, CCRC 
Phone: 215-573-7240
Email: mercados@upenn.edu

Matthew MacDonald 
Associate Director 
Phone: 215-573-7087
Email: mmacdona@upenn.edu

Ro-Pauline Doe
Associate Director 
Phone: 215-392-4553
Email: ropaulkd@upenn.edu

Mary Ferrara
Associate Director 
Phone: 215-392-4542
Email: ingramm@upenn.edu

Tiffany Barnette
Sr. CR Monitoring Specialist
Phone: 215-573-4781
Email: tiffbarn@upenn.edu

Elena Carranco Chavez
CR Monitoring Specialist
Phone: 215-573-7148
Email: carranco@upenn.edu

Nicole Clayton
CR Monitoring Specialist
Phone: 215-898-5092
Email: claytonn@upenn.edu

Sarah Murray
CR Monitoring Specialist
Phone: 215-898-5610
Email: murrs@upenn.edu

Thomas Moore
CR Monitoring Specialist
Phone: 215-573-7011
Email: mooretho@upenn.edu

Timothy Reilly
CR Monitoring Specialist
Phone: 215-383-2048
Email: tbreilly@upenn.edu

Dorothy Brill
Compliance Coordinator-Clinical Trials.gov
Phone: 215-392-4519
Email: dcbrill@upenn.edu




Jason Molli
Director of Research Finance 
Phone: 215-573-4954
Email: ​molli@upenn.edu

Alicia Fenerty
Clinical Research Billing Manager
Phone:  215-746-4952
Email: afenerty@upenn.edu


Margaret (Peggy) Fendt
Clinical Research Financial Manager
Phone:  215-898-4105
Email: mfendt@upenn.edu


Xiaoshuang He
Clinical Research Financial Manager
Phone:  215-573-9351
Email: hexiaos@upenn.edu

Veronica (Ronnie) Kain
Clinical Research Financial Manager
Phone:  215-898-5760
Email: kain@upenn.edu

Christine Master
Clinical Research Financial Manager
Phone:  215-392-4508
Email: cmaster@upenn.edu

Natalie Rosetti
Clinical Research Financial Manager
Phone:  (215) 662-7891
Email: rosettin@upenn.edu

Tracey Ung
Clinical Research Financial Manager
Phone: 215-746-2951
Email: ungt@upenn.edu

Taskina Akhter
Clinical Research Financial Specialist
Phone:  215-898-5608
Email: takhter@upenn.edu

Katie Linder
Clinical Research Financial Specialist
Phone:  215-746-4885
Email: klinder@upenn.edu

Christina Nguyen 
Clinical Research Financial Specialist
Phone:  215-746-5669
Email: ngch@upenn.edu

Collin McNamara
Clinical Research Financial Specialist
Phone:  215-573-6100
Email: collinjm@upenn.edu




Donya Short, Esq.
Associate General Counsel and Sr. Director 
Phone: (215) 573-6705
Email: shortdj@upenn.edu

Patricia Eynard, Esq.
Sr. Associate Director
Phone: (215) 746-5730
Email: ​peynard@upenn.edu

Jody Chance, Esq.
Associate Director
Phone: (215) 898-5743
Email: ​jchance@upenn.edu

Hilary Cornell, Esq.
Associate Director
Phone: (215) 746-6355
Email: ​hcornell@upenn.edu

Cynthia Covie, Esq.
Associate Director
Phone:  215-573-9026
Email: ​ccovie@upenn.edu

Lisa Goldman, Esq.
Associate Director 
Phone: (215) 746-5731
Email: lisalg@upenn.edu

Sufei Hu, Esq.
Associate Director
Phone: (215) 746-5072
Email: ​sufeihu@upenn.edu

Alexandra (Ali) Tomich, Esq.
Associate Director
Phone: (215) 746-5064
Email: ​atomich@upenn.edu

Angie Sydnor
Sr. Contract Administrator
Phone: (215) 573-8597
Email: Asydnor@upenn.edu

Michelle Buono
Contract Administrator
Phone: (215) 746-8913
Email: mbuono@upenn.edu

Kimberly (Kim) Wilson
Contractor Adminstrator
Phone: (215) 573-9970
Email: ​kimjwils@upenn.edu





Laura Fluharty
Executive Director, Clinical Research Operations 
Phone: 215-746-6334
Email: ​lauraee@upenn.edu

Mahasweta Dutt
Associate Director Training and Facilitation
Phone: 215-898-2558
Email: ​mdutt@upenn.edu

Lori Conley
Associate Director Clinical Research Monitoring
Phone: 215-898-5546
Email: conley@upenn.edu

Eian More
Sr. Clinical Research Operations Specialist
Phone: 215-573-4875
Email: eian@upenn.edu 

Kathy Tang
Sr. Clinical Research Operations Specialist
Phone: 215-573-0649
Email: kathyt@upenn.edu

Ted Kolwicz
Clinical Research Operations Specialist
Phone: 215-746-5078
Email: tkolwicz@upenn.edu

Ellen Lindner
Clinical Research Operations Specialist
Phone: 215-746-2942
Email: elindner@upenn.edu

Rosalyn McNeill
Sr. Training Specialist
Phone: 215-898-5583
Email: ​rmcneill@upenn.edu

Elaine Spangler
Sr. Clinical Research Monitoring Specialist
Phone: 215-898-5735
Email: ​espangle@upenn.edu

Brianna Soreth
Sr. Clinical Research Monitoring Specialist
Phone: 215-898-9406
Email: ​sorethb@upenn.edu

Dipti Patel
Research Monitoring Specialist 
Phone: 215-898-5788
Email: diptip@upenn.edu

Paul M. Sanborn
Data Manager
Phone: 215-746-5081
Email: sanborn@upenn.edu

Thomas Hohing
Recruitment Specialist
Phone: 215-746-5699
Email: thohing@upenn.edu

Nevine Mikhail
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (215) 662-4484
Email: nevinem@upenn.edu




Deanna Didonato
Director of Regulatory Services
Phone: 215-573-4759
Email: ​deannad@upenn.edu

Maria Caturla
Associate Director
Phone: 215-898-2327
Email: caturm@upenn.edu

Steven Emanuel
Associate Director 
Phone: 215-573-0199
Email: emanues1@upenn.edu

Inna Strakovsky
Associate Director 
Phone: 215-573-7101
Email: innastr@upenn.edu

David Blatcher
Sr. Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Phone: 215-898-5617
Email: blatcher@upenn.edu

Andrew Carter
Sr. Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Phone: 215-746-5434
Email: ​andcar@upenn.edu

Melissa Ignagtowski
Sr. Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Phone: 215-573-7009
Email: igmel@upenn.edu

Lauren Karpf
Sr. Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Phone: 215-746-4394
Email: lkarpf@upenn.edu

Lauren Ann Quinn
Sr. Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Phone: 215-746-5462
Email: klquinn@upenn.edu

Nahrin (Naila) Ahmed
Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Phone: 215-746-1759
Email: nahrin@upenn.edu