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Parkinson and Other Movement Disorders Center's Research Team


Our research team is responsible for coordinating clinical trials, in doing so they are the liaisons between our center and the community participating in clinical research.


Ileana Rubio
Ileana Rubio, BA

Research Manager

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 Polysomnographer 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 – Parkinson and Other Movement Disorders Center as the Program’s Research Manager.


Christina Addington, BA

Clinical Research Coordinator

Christina graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Developmental Diology. She began her career in research in 2007 at UC Irvine and has since been a study coordinator on over 45 Clinical Trials in the fields of neurology, psychiatry and rheumatology.



Edward Ceballos, BS

Clinical Research Coordinator

Initially a design major in college, Edward changed to philosophy before finally achieving a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from George Washington University. His clinical research career spans over eight 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
Clinical Research Coordinator

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 UC Los Angeles as a research coordinator and clinical rater for Alzheimer's Disease trials before transferring to UC San Diego to pursue her interest of working with and learning from patients with movement disorders.

Aishwarya Niraula, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Aishwarya graduated from UC San Diego 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 transitioned into a staff position after completing her undergradate studies.



Natt Putra, BS
Clinical Trials Regulatory Research Associate

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.