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 & Team Manager
Vatsala received her MBBS degree from the Baroda Medical College in Vadodara, India, and her HA-MBA degree from University of Colorado Denver. 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. As the team's research manager, she gets to integrate her clinical and administrative interests.
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.
Mohsen B Kashkouli, MD | Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Mohsen received his MD degree from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran. His ophthalmology residency training was at Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. He completed his oculofacial plastic surgery fellowship training at the Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, UK in 2003. He joined Dr. Rasouli’s research team in January 2022. This position provides him with a great opportunity to combine his medical knowledge and research interests. Mohsen is excited to be a part of this renowned team and advance his knowledge in clinical research.
Reenadevi Agarwal B.H.M.S │ Clinical Research Coordinator
Reena received her B.H.M.S degree from Pune University, India. She completed her one-year residency with Jnana Prabodhini medical trust. She joined Dr. Rasouli’s research team in January 2022. Reena enjoys interacting with the patients and is excited to be part of a well-established and dedicated team. Based on her medical knowledge she will broaden her understanding in clinical research.
Aanchal Gupta, BS │ Clinical Research Coordinator
I am a fourth-year medical student who just finished her clinical rotations in Michigan and is awaiting graduation. I did my bachelor’s in medical biotechnology from India and went for an MD program to the Caribbean. I have always been passionate about research which originated while I was writing my thesis for undergraduate degree. It became more concrete during medical school and led me to publish a few case reports and papers. I look forward to becoming a physician-scientist one day, understanding human health and disease from a scientific and clinical perspective which makes this position a perfect fit as it offers the best parts of both medicine and research which includes patient interaction and scientific discoveries. I am very excited to join this team and look forward to what this position entails and offers.
Avinash Pyreddy, BS │ Clinical Research Coordinator
Avinash received her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from North Carolina State University. From there, he went to the Caribbean for medical school and is hoping to apply to residency in the future. He is interested in starting his own clinical trials in the future once he has been practicing as a physician for a while. He joined Dr. Rasouli's research team in March 2022. Avinash is excited to learn more about the clinical trial process and hopes to learn as much as he can for preparation for future clinical trials.
Rachel Nwogo, BS │ Clinical Research Coordinator
n May 2022 and is excited in learning more about academic medicine and the field of endocrinology. At leisure time, Rachel loves travelling and experiencing new cultures and food.
Mahdiyah Muwwakkil, BS │ Clinical Research Assistant
Mahdiyah attended Regis University to get her Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology. At Regis she worked to complete research in toxicology and has a passion for biological research.
Marjan Rezaei, BS │ Clinical Research Coordinator
Marjan received her MD degree from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. She practiced medicine as a family physician and general practitioner at primary health care centers in Iran. Beside her role as a physician, she cooperated with Endocrinology Research Center at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences as a research assistant. Her interest in conducting research in the field of obesity and metabolic disorders has led her to joining Dr. Rasouli’s team as a Post-Doc Research Scholar in May 2023. Marjan is excited about working in an international environment and she looks forward to learning more about clinical trials.
Spencer Norton, BS │ Clinical Research Assistant
I am a current second year medical student at Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine and received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Regis University in 2020. I have always had a passion for medicine and helping others. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about endocrinology and the vast number of roles it plays in disease processes this last year. I’m eager to further my knowledge in this topic as a member of this research team.
Wyatt Pfau, BS │ Clinical Research Coordinator
Wyatt received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Duke University. There he worked as an undergraduate research assistant in a pharmacology lab helping perform pre-clinical trials on potential treatments for drugs of abuse. He has a passion for the medical field and plans to attend medical school in the future. He joined Dr. Rasouli’s team in June of 2023 as a clinical research coordinator and is enthusiastic to learn more about medicine and clinical research.