Research Administration

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Cristin Welle 
Associate Professor PhD 
Vice Chair, Research. Vice Chair, Research


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Sophie Eggert, BA, Research Services Senior Professional

Sophie Eggert joined the Department of Neurosurgery in 2014 to provide general administrative support and course coordination. In 2017, she transitioned into research administration support. Sophie manages pre-award and post-award for the department.

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Jen Maitlen, RN BSN, Clinical Research Manager

Jen Maitlen has been the Clinical Research Manager for the Department of Neurosurgery since 2013.  Her clinical research career spans nearly twenty years, starting in oncology clinical research, then regulatory compliance and lastly neurosurgery. She holds a baccalaureate nursing degree from the CU College of Nursing.  She is a Colorado native who loves to golf and ski and support the Denver Broncos.

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Tom Huyhn, Business Services Senior Professional

Tom Huynh joined the Department of Neurosurgery in December 2018.  During that time, he has assisted with maintaining the financial aspect of clinical trials.  He also assists the Department with preparing clinical dashboards to providers as well as keeping deficits in check.  Tom’s other interests include good food and traveling. 

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Sarah Graber, BA, CCRP, Clinical Research Coordinator

Sarah Graber is a senior clinical research coordinator with the Neuroscience Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has been coordinating research with the neurosurgery department since 2012, working on dozens of databases, registries, and observational trials. Sarah is passionate about data integrity, quality improvement, mentorship, and research reaching real patients. Before joining the research team at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Sarah spent her undergraduate years studying molecular biology and working in the Yi microRNA lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


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Kim Cowie, BS, Clinical Research Coordinator

Kim Poppleton (Cowie) serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Pediatric Neurosurgery Division at Children’s Hospital, Colorado. Kim’s early research background began in basic science connected to early life adversity; specifically examining the effects of postweaning isolation and social fear on neural pathways.  Recently having graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Psychology from CU Denver in 2018, she is thrilled to harness her experience and education to embark on a new career in research.

With a hunger for global connection and travel, Kim has spent her life living in Africa, Europe, and South East Asia, most recently having become a U.S. Citizen. Each place she has resided in has seasoned her with rich life experiences and a global outlook of gratitude. Kim’s passions include child health advocacy, as well as equal opportunities for women in science and education.

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Pamela David-Gerecht, PhD, Clinical Research Professional

Pamela David-Gerecht joined the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado in 2013. Pamela supports research in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery via coordination of numerous industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated trials, regulatory compliance and IRB submissions, direct patient contact and liaison between various Departments involved in neurosurgical research studies. She has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Queen’s University

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Terra Ornelas, RN BSN, Clinical Research Nurse

Terra Ornelas joined the University of Colorado School of Medicine Neurosurgery Research Department in 2017 with a degree in Nursing.  Currently she works as a research coordinator and assists with managing several Neurosurgery clinical trials. She also works as an ICU nurse at UCHealth. 

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Anthony Fringuello, BA, Professional Research Assistant

Anthony Fringuello Joined the neurosurgery lab in 2015 after receiving his B.A in Neuroscience from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013. As leading coordinator for the neurosurgery tissue bank, he helps facilitate research collaborations with many other labs and research projects here at Anschutz and with other research institutions across the country. In addition to collecting samples for the tissue bank, Anthony has gained experience investigating the mechanisms for multiple sclerosis, hemorrhagic stroke, and brain cancers of all types. He hopes to continue his career pursuing impactful clinical neuroscience research.