Research Team

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Vatsala Singh, MBBS, MBA|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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Stephanie Steiner, BA|Team Lead;Clinical Research Coordinator

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Whitman College in 2013. While in school, she worked on a research project designing and developing potential anticancer drugs. She joined Dr. Rasouli's research team in 2014 as a Professional Research Assistant and is excited to have the opportunity to experience the patient care side of research.

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Rebecca Schweyen, BS, CCRP|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 certificate for Good Clinical Practices from Eastern Michigan University after undergrad and finds clinical research to be a wonderful blend of all her passions; science, research, and working with people. 

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Jennifer Lwandowski, MS|Clinical Research Coordinator

Jenny is a Registered Dietitian and received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University in 2007. She obtained a Bachelor of Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in food science and human nutrition in 2005 and completed an Advanced Graduate Certificate at Northwestern University in Clinical Research in June 2016. Jenny has worked in clinical research for over 10 years and has a special interest in diabetes prevention and weight loss research. Jenny joined Dr. Rasouli’s team in  April 2018.
 
Olivia Breedin, BA|Clinical Research Coordinator​
Olivia received her BA degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a major in psychology and minor in nutrition. During her undergrad education, she developed a passion for research. Olivia is looking forward to getting more experience and exposure to different types of research through working with Dr. Rasouli’s team.​
 
Victoria Riedel Anderson, BS|Clinical Research Coordinator​

Victoria received her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of West Florida. She then attended Boston University and obtained her Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology. Victoria has always been interested in the medical field, research, and patient care; she is excited to learn and gain experience as a research coordinator with Dr. Rasouli’s team. 

 
Naila Naushad, MBBS|Clinical Research Coordinator​

Naila received her MBBS degree from the Kabir Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan. Before joining Dr. Rasouli's research team in April of 2019, she worked for 3 years as an OBGYN Doctor at MCH Hospital in Medinah, Saudi Arabia. She also worked as a Resident Doctor at the Shifa International Hospital Islamabad, Pakistan and participated as a Junior Doctor in WHO’s Woman TRIAL at the same hospital. As a research coordinator Naila is looking forward to get experience and exposure of Clinical Research in USA while working with Dr. Rasouli’s team.

 
Jennifer Amundson, BA|Clinical Research Coordinator​

Jennifer received her BA in psychology along with a minor in human relations and a minor in physical activity and nutrition sciences from the University of Iowa in 2018. During her undergrad, she worked on various research projects and developed a passion for the field of research and spent the past year at Denver Health as a RA before joining Dr. Rasouli's research team in June 2019. Jennifer is excited to take on her new role as a coordinator and gain extraordinary experience in her developing research career.