Neonatal Clinical Research Team

The Neonatal Clinical Research Team is comprised of top neonatal physicians, respiratory therapists, nurses, and research coordinators. The team's primary research sites include level II, III, and IV Neonatal Intensive Care Units within San Diego County and collaborates with many leading healthcare institutions and clinics.   ​

The scope of our neonatal research and development includes a range of topics including human milk nutrition, point-of-care ultrasound, lung development, microbiome analysis, and exploratory metabolite and genomic analysis. Our core clinical research team consists of a research manager, three research coordinators, a neonatal respiratory therapist/coordinator, and per diem neonatal nurses.

Clinical Research Mission

Our mission is to develop the most efficient and impactful clinical research to generate knowledge that will improve the health outcome and quality of life of sick and premature newborns.​


Core Neonatal Clinical Research Team

Sarah Lazar, MPH - Clinical Research Manager

Contact:  slazar@ucsd.edu or slazar@rchsd.org
UCSD: (858) 249-1711
RCHSD: (858) 576-1700 x223209


Jordan Bui - Clinical Research Coordinator

Contact:  jkbui@ucsd.edu
UCSD: (858) 249-1716
RCHSD: (858) 576-1700 x220096


Huyen (Nini) Huynh - Clinical Research Coordinator

Contact:  hmhuynh@ucsd.edu
UCSD: (858) 249-1716
RCHSD: (858) 576-1700 x220096


Ellen Knodel, RCP - Respiratory Therapist / Clinical Research Coordinator

Contact:  eknodel@rchsd.org
RCHSD: (858) 576-1700 x223436



Luis Ornelas - Clinical Research Coordinator (NEO Chip)

Contact:  laornelas@ucsd.edu
UCSD:  (858) 249-1715


Location

​The core Neonatal Clinical Research Team has offices at two locations - UC San Diego Health Jacobs Medical Center and Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego. The core team includes a research manager, three full-time research coordinators, a neonatal respiratory therapist/coordinator, and per diem nurses.​​ The office locations are as follows:


UC San Diego Health, Jacobs Medical Center
Division of Neonatology
9300 Campus Point Drive, MC 7774
La Jolla, CA 92037
Office: (858) 249-1702
Fax: (619) 543-3812
Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego
Division of Neonatology
7960 Birmingham Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
Office: (858) 966-5818
Fax: (858) 966-7483


For more detailed information on current research studies, the FASTR Committee, division newsletter, or research volunteer opportunities, please contact one of our Neonatal Clinical Research Team core members via the contact information provided above, or at NICUresearch@ucsd.edu, or NICUresearch@rchsd.org.