Alexa started working as a clinical research assistant at the Jill Roberts Center for IBD in June 2021. She is responsible for the management and recruitment of patients for Dr. Longman’s SMART-IBD study and the FMT/psyllium fiber clinical trial. Alexa is originally from Wake Forest, North Carolina, and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Chemistry from Duke University. Throughout her time in undergrad, Alexa investigated the role of inhalational silica exposure on autoimmunity in transgenic and humanized immune system mouse models at the Duke Medical Center.
Gabby Funez-dePagnier joined the Jill Roberts Center for IBD in January 2019 as a translational research assistant. She assists in the recruitment, development, and management of Dr. Longman’s translational research, specifically the SMART-IBD observational study and the FMT/psyllium fiber clinical trial. For these investigator-initiated studies she obtains patient’s consent and clinical data, processes biological specimens, conducts data management, and coordinates with the Weill Cornell IRB and the U.S. FDA.
She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Public Health/Community Medicine at Tufts University. While an undergraduate, she conducted research on nerve regeneration and angiogenesis in a diabetic mouse model at the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center (VIC) at Massachusetts General Hospital. After graduation, she first joined Weill Cornell as a research technician studying drug resistance in Kelch-13 mutant malarial parasites and sexual differentiation in P. Falciparum malaria.
Monisha Ravisetti currently holds a position at the Jill Roberts Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease as a Clinical Research Assistant working on our clinical trials and our observational analyses. She received her degree from New York University with a major in Philosophy and minors in Physics and Chemistry. During her undergraduate years, she worked at NYU Langone, primarily on microbiome research, and at the NYU Neuroscience and Education Lab, studying the mechanisms of and correlations between topics of mental health. Upon graduating, she delved into clinical work at Mount Sinai which supported efforts to bring greater precision to Emergency Medicine through practice-pattern studies. Monisha reconciles her backgrounds in Philosophy, Psychology, and Basic Science by working alongside our patient population enrolled in research studies in both a holistic and an evidence-based manner.
Stevie Yang joined the Jill Roberts Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease as a clinical research assistant in July 2018. She assists in heading all sponsor-initiated clinical research trials with a focus on coordinating patient visits, data management, and site monitor support. She is also engaged in investigator-initiated research, including the PRIME quality improvement initiative and investigating the safety of IBD biologic therapy during pregnancy.
Stevie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular Biology and a minor in Global Health from Princeton University. As an underclassman, she interned at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and helped analyze RNA interference strategies for Huntington's disease treatment. At Princeton, she pursued her senior thesis research exploring the dynamic shape of the pathogenic bacterium Vibrio cholerae and its larger implications.
Dr. Chabouni joined the Jill Roberts Center (JRC) in 2007 and has played a vital role in expanding the clinical research program. She obtained her medical degree at Algiers Medical School and practiced at the Tizi-Ouzou Hospital for 8 years as a general practitioner.
As JRC's Research Associate and Clinical Trials Program Manager, she has assisted in initiating and managing over 80 pharmaceutical clinical trials and 50 investigator-initiated trials. Dr. Chabouni currently oversees the day-to-day activities for 40 trials and is the main contact for patient research participation. She also manages clinical trials billing and compliance.
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