Research Team


Ileana Rubio

Ileana Rubio, BA

Ileana Rubio is a graduate of UCSD and has worked for UC San Diego Health for most of her professional career. Ms. Rubio started in the Department of Medicine as a Registered Sleep Polysomnogpraher and then as a Clinical Research Supervisor in the Division of Pulmonary Vascular Medicine where she managed multiple clinical trials. In 2018, Ileana transitioned to the Department of Neuroscience - Movement Disorders Center as the Program’s Research Manager. 


Christina Addington, BA

Clinical Trials Coordinator, Christina graduated from UCSB with a BS in cell and development biology. She began her career in research in 2007 at UCI. She has since been the Study Coordinator on over 45 Clinical Trials in the fields of neurology, psychiatry and rheumatology.



Edward Ceballos, BS

Initially a design major in college, Edward changed to philosophy before finally achieving a B.S. in Health Science from George Washington University. His clinical research career spans over 8 years as a research coordinator, clinical rater, and project manager. He has worked in multiple departments at both UC San Diego and UC Irvine including: psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics, and oncology.

Rachel Schade, MS

Rachel graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in neuroscience and minor in movement studies. She then gained a Master of Science degree in Dementia and Neurodegenerative Disease at the University College London, where her thesis investigated visuoperceptual difficulties in patients with Parkinson's Disease. After graduating, she worked at UCLA as a research coordinator and clinical rater for Alzheimer's Disease trials before transferring to UCSD to pursue her interest of working with and learning from patients with movement disorders.

Aishwarya Niraula, BS

Aishwarya graduated from UCSD in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and minor in Engineering Mechanics. She began working at the Movement Disorders Center as a student in 2018 and is continuing on as a Clinical Research Associate. 



Natt Putra, BS

Natt is a graduate of UCSD with a BS in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. He started in pre- clinical animal studies research focusing on Alzheimer's Disease, then transitioned into coordinating trials in multiple therapeutic areas. He has also managed inpatient central nervous systems trials primarily concentrating in the areas of mental health. He joined the  Parkinson & Other Movement Disorders Center in the Summer on 2019 as a Clinical Trials Regulatory Research Associate.