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 she completed 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.


Chantal Underkofler, MS | Program Manager

Chantal received her Masters of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University with an emphasis on clinical drug development and regulatory affairs and holds Bachelor's degrees in both biology and economics. She has a unique affection for merging science and business. Chantal joined the University of Colorado Endocrinology Division in 2009, working directly under Dr. Neda Rasouli on research investigating the link between inflammation and insulin resistance. Since that time the size and scope of the research, team has greatly expanded. Chantal currently serves as the Program Manager for the CU Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinical Trial Program under Dr. Neda Rasouli.


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 | 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 | 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.