Research Team



Neda Rasouli, MD | Director

Dr. Rasouli received her MD degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran. Her internal medicine residency training was at Michigan State University, Lansing, MI and shecompleted her endocrinology fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, in 2002. Dr. Rasouli joined the faculty at the University of Colorado, Denver in 2009. She is a physician and a translational researcher at the University of Colorado and Eastern Colorado Veterans Health Care System. Dr. Rasouli has special interest in the management and treatment of patients with diabetes and metabolic disorders associated with obesity. Her research interests include studying the pathophysiology of insulin resistance particularly molecular mechanisms involved in adipose tissue inflammation and lipotoxicity associated with obesity and insulin resistance. In addition, Dr. Rasouli is leading several clinical trials to investigate novel therapeutic interventions in the management of diabetes.



Chelsea Baker, PA-C | Sub-Investigator

Chelsea received her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Colorado’s Physician Assistant program in 2015.  Prior to attending PA school, Chelsea worked as a Health Educator and Wellness Coach for the State of Oklahoma. Chelsea’s academic background also includes a BS in Health and Exercise Science and an MS in Physiology, both from the University of Oklahoma. She joined Dr. Rasouli’s Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinical Trial Program in June 2015. Chelsea is delighted with the opportunity to merge her backgrounds in research, wellness and medicine to manage diabetes for patients participating in this important research.



Vatsala Singh, MBBS, MBA | VA Operations Manager & Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Vatsala received her MBBS degree from the Baroda Medical College in Vadodara, India. Before joining Dr. Rasouli's research team in January of 2017, she completed one year of clinical rotations at SSG Hospital in Vadodara, India, and worked as a junior doctor and clinic manager at the Bindal Hospital in Sikar, India. Having a medical background and aspiring to develop new administrative skills has led her to the field of academic medicine. Being a research coordinator provides her with the perfect opportunity to integrate her clinical and research interests. 

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Rebecca Lorch, BS, CCRP | University Operations Manager & Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she majored in Neuroscience and minored in Gender and Health studies. Becca received a graduate certificate for Good Clinical Practices from Eastern Michigan University in 2015 and her SOCRA CCRP certification in 2017. She manages the teams largest NIH funded study, GRADE, and has been a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator since 2019. She finds clinical research to be a wonderful blend of all her passions; science, research, and working with people. 

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Sara Greco, MS | Clinical Research Coordinator

Sara received a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Regis University in 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Stetson University in 2017 where she majored in Biology and minored in Psychology. She enjoys being a research coordinator because it allows her to combine her clinical and research interests. Sara is excited to work with Dr. Rasouli's team and gain experience in diabetes research while continuing to be involved in patient care.

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Julia Barklow, BS | Clinical Research Coordinator

Julia received her Bachelor of Science degree in geographic information sciences from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she originally began studying and working in the field of mapping. After making a career change to the medical sciences, Julia is now completing a post-baccalaureate pre-medical certificate at Mills College and volunteering at Bridges Hospice. She joined Dr. Rasouli's team in November 2020, fueling her passion for medicine and patient-centered care in a clinical research setting.

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Courtney King, BS | Clinical Research Coordinator

Courtney received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Regis University and has a passion for working in the medical field. She joined Dr. Rasouli's team in August 2019 as a Clinical Research Assistant and has been a Clinical Research Coordinator on the team since November 2020. Since then, she has expanded her interest, knowledge, and experience in clinical diabetes research through her part in various studies. She is excited to continue to explore the clinical research side of medicine.

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Lauren Sheffield, BA | Clinical Research Coordinator

Lauren received her BA in Public Health Biology at Franklin and Marshall College in 2020. During her time there, she completed various research projects and independent studies that prompted her interest in clinical research. She is excited to join Dr. Rasouli's team to both gain experience as a research coordinator and to make a difference in the future of patient care.

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Neil Boes, BS │Clinical Research Coordinator

Neil graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and has applied to dental school to begin in the Fall of 2022. He started working in Dr. Rasouli’s team as a research assistant in February 2021 and expanded his role to clinical research coordinator in July of the same year. He is most excited to become more comfortable with patient interaction, providing a comfortable environment for the patients he sees, and to develop his bedside manner before starting dental school. Outside of the lab, Neil enjoys riding his bike throughout Colorado, skiing, and hiking.

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Binh Nguyen │ Clinical Research Assistant

Binh is currently an undergraduate student at Regis University working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a specialization in molecular biology and genetics. In 2021, she joined Dr. Rasouli's research team working as a clinical research assistant. Binh has a deep interest in molecular and neurological research and is currently conducting her own research at Regis. She is excited to be a part of this team and expand her knowledge in clinical research something different then research in a lab. 

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Brittany Wu, BS │ Clinical Research Assistant

Brittany is currently working on her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a specialization in molecular biology and genetics from Regis University. She joined Dr. Rasouli’s team in 2021 as a clinical research assistant. Prior to joining Dr. Rasouli’s team she was a Certified Nursing Assistant at Centura Health for 2 years. Brittany is excited to be a part of the team and see the different areas of medicine besides nursing.



Andrew Her, BA │ Clinical Research Coordinator

Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) from the University of Colorado Boulder. There he spent one year volunteering in the Xue Laboratory working with Bin Yu to study Radiation Induced Bystander Effect (RIBE) in C. elegans. He joined Dr. Rasouli’s team as a Clinical Research Coordinator in August 2021. Andrew is excited to be a part of research initiatives that have close interactions with patients.

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Carli Berghoff, BS │ Clinical Research Coordinator

Carli received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Spanish from Regis University in 2021. She joined the team in September of 2020 as a Clinical Research Assistant and upon graduation started in her current role as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Working with Dr. Rasouli's team has sparked her interest in clinical research where she especially enjoys working directly with patients as lead coordinator for various studies. When she is not at work Carli loves to explore everything Colorado has to offer including rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking and trail running in the beautiful mountains.

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Tionna Szymanski, MS │ Clinical Research Coordinator

I graduated with a degree in chemistry, biochemistry emphasis, and biology minor from the University of Colorado Denver. From there I worked as an infectious disease lab technologist completing comprehensive diagnostic testing for the pre-transplant community. I also worked as a certified clinical medical assistant for Centura Health in sports, internal, and family medicine. I graduated honors with a master's degree in biomedical sciences from Regis University earlier this year with a dream of becoming a doctor one day. I am happy to be a part of this wonderful team and further immerse myself into clinical research.

 IMG_1324Noosha Farhat, BA │ Clinical Research Coordinator

Noosha received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology with a certificate in Public Health from the University of Colorado Boulder. During her last year at CU Boulder, she spent working for the university and Boulder County as a Contact Tracer to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  She is excited to be a part of Dr. Rasouli’s team and continue to participate not only in patient interaction but also expand her knowledge in clinical research. Apart from work, Noosha enjoys spending her weekends skiing or snowboarding in the mountains of Colorado.