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Neonatal Clinical Research Program

The Division of Neonatology's clinical research program 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, as well as collaborations 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 Neonatal Clinical Research Team (NCRT) consists of a research manager, research coordinators, and per diem nurses and respiratory therapists.

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.​

Meet Our Team

Neonatal Clinical Research Team (NCRT)

Sarah Lazar, MPH
Clinical Research Manager
Contact: or
UCSD: (858) 249-1711
RCHSD: (858) 576-1700 x223209

Sabrina Fossi
Clinical Research Coordinator
Contact: or
UCSD: (858) 249-1716
RCHSD: (858) 576-1700 x220096

Yordanos Tesfai

Clinical Research Coordinator
UCSD: (858) 249-1715
RCHSD: (858) 576-1700 x220096

Program Specific Personnel

Erika Lin, MS
Lab and Data Manager | Mestan Lab

Kristen Schaffer, MPH
Program Manager and Data Analyst | Dr. Henry Lee


​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 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