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MRC Staff


MRC Research Assistants (RAs) are high-performing college graduates interested in pursuing careers in the medical field. The MRC emphasizes research education, professional development, and mentorship for RAs. Over the past 10 years, the MRC has employed 46 full-time RAs.
 
To contact the MRC directly, email MRC@childrenscolrado.org.
 

Directors:


James Carollo, PhD, PE
, is the Director of the MRC. Visit research webpage.
 
 
 
 
 



Nancy Miller, MD
, is the Medical Director of the MRC. Visit research webpage.
 
 
 
 
 

Leadership: 


 
Patrick Carry, MS, is a Professional Research Assistant in the MRC. He graduated from the Colorado School of Public Health in May 2016 with a master’s degree in Epidemiology. Patrick’s thesis centered around the evaluation of wearable
movement technology and was completed in the CGMA. He is currently a PhD student in the Epidemiology program at the Colorado School of Public Health.
Patrick is part of the MRC leadership team. He provides methodological and analytical support for the Orthopedic Department. 
Phone: 720-777-6732 | Email: Patrick.Carry@childrenscolorado.org

Richard Pimentel, MS, is a Professional Research Assistant with the CGMA. Richard graduated from Colorado State University in May 2016 with a master's degree in Health & Exercise Science, focusing on human biomechanics. He supports CGMA functions in a variety of roles, primarily managing the IMove project.

Phone: 720-777-1904 | Email: Richard.Pimentel@childrenscolorado.org


Nate Rogers, MPH, is a Professional Research Assistant in the MRC working with the Tumor program. He completed his undergraduate at Northern Arizona University and spent the last two years in Minnesota getting his MPH in epidemiology, while working for the Minnesota Department of Health and the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. His professional interests have focused on infectious disease surveillance and childhood nutrition and is interested to continue along the path of childhood health issues. His professional goals are to continue working in research on childhood health issues, while considering getting a PhD down the road. Outside of work, his passions are hiking, biking, soccer, and video games. 
 

Collaborators:

David Calabrese, MS is a Professional Research Assistant at the University of Colorado Denver and at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Having worked in medical research for over 25 years, this experience continues to contribute to progressive research environments which apply innovative techniques and diverse thinking to molecular biological, cellular biological, and clinical biological investigations. His research expertise provides basic scientific support, clinical research support, and regulatory support to both the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado and the musculoskeletal research center (MRC) at Children’s Hospital Colorado. The main focus of his research is the etiology of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) and molecular mechanisms underlying the development and progression of AIS.

Phone: 720-777-6210  | Email: David.Calabrese@childrenscolorado.org


David R. Howell, PhD, ATC is the Lead Researcher at the Children's Hospital Colorado Sports Medicine Center and an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics. He received his undergraduate degree from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training and completed his PhD in 2014 in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon, with an emphasis in biomechanics and neurophysiology. From 2014-2017, he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital focusing on clinical investigations of pediatric concussion. His primary research interests pertain to human movement analysis and sport-related concussion. Together with many colleagues and collaborators, he has presented at scientific conferences and published papers in peer-reviewed journals within the fields of sports medicine, biomechanics, neuroscience, rehabilitation, and pediatric medicine.

Email: David.Howell@childrenscolorado.org


Frank Somoza, AS is a Professional Research Assistant and Medical Assistant for the University of Colorado Denver. After proudly serving in the United States Navy and completion of his Associate degree in Medical Science at Denver Institute of Technology, Frank is currently working at the University of Colorado Denver in the Orthopedics department for the Adult Reconstruction Division. Frank also a part of the Staff Council, the Resident Research Committee, and the Musculoskeletal Research Center at Children's Hospital Colorado.


Research Assistants:

     
Alexia Gagliardi, BA, is a Research Assistant in the Sports Medicine Center supporting Dr. Jay Albright. Lexi began working at the Sports Medicine Center in June 2017 after graduating from the Colorado College with a degree in Neuroscience. Her research focuses on pediatric ACL Reconstruction, outcomes of meniscal surgery and patellar instability.
Phone: 720-777-5809 | Email: Alexia.Gagliardi@childrenscolorado.org

  
Alexis Gerk, BS, is a Research Assistant in the CGMA supporting Dr. Frank Chang. Alexis began working at the CGMA in June 2016 after graduating from the University of Denver with degrees in Biology and Psychology. Alexis primarily works on research for the Neuromuscular Disorders and Cerebral Palsy Program. 

Phone: 720-777-5807 | Email: Alexis.Gerk@childrenscolorado.org
 
 
Kaley Holmes, BA, is a research assistant supporting Dr. Miller and Dr. Georgopoulos in the General Orthopedic Program. Kaley graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Physiology. Her previous research endeavors involved behavioral neuroendocrinology. Now, her research will focus on pediatric hip dysplasia, clubfoot, and scoliosis. 
Her research focuses on quality and treatment of Early Onset Scoliosis. 
Eun Bi Kim, BA, is a Research Assistant in the MRC for the Spine Program, supporting Dr. Garg and Dr. Erickson. Eun Bi graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Integrative Physiology. 
Her research focuses on quality and treatment of Early Onset Scoliosis. 

Phone: 720-777-8026 | Email: Eun.Kim@childrenscolorado.org

 
Andy Lalka, MPH, is a Professional Research Assistant for the Hand and Upper Extremity Program supervised by Dr. Sibbel and Dr. Scott. At the University at Buffalo (June 2014), he obtained a BS in pharmaceutical sciences and conducted research
on monocarboxylate transporters and antagonist ligands. 
After graduating Andy attended to the University of San Francisco to complete his master’s in Public Health (December 2016) and assisted in population health research. He accepted a position with the Hand Division, Department of Orthopedics at University of Colorado School of Medicine in November 2016. 
Phone: 720-777-4620 | Email: Andy.Lalka@childrenscolorado.org

Anna Monley, BS, is a Professional Research with the Miller Scoliosis Lab. Anna graduated from the University of Colorado Denver in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Biology, and has worked in the laboratory sciences in a wide variety of roles, with experience in clinical immunology and biobanking. She supports the Miller Scoliosis Lab in patient accrual for active basic science research projects, as well as regulatory maintenance and compliance.  

Phone: 720-777-4626 | Email: Anna.Monley@childrenscolorado.org

Morgan Potter, BA, supports Dr. Jay Albright, Dr. Katherine Dahab, Dr. Aaron Provance, Dr. Kyle Nagle, Dr. Emily Stuart, and Dr. Julie Wilson as Sports Medicine Research Assistant. Originally an intern for Dr. Garg in Summer 2016, she returned to the MRC in 2017 as a full time RA within the Sports Medicine team. 
Morgan graduated from The College of Saint Benedict in 2017 with a degree in Integrative Health Science, which is where she developed her fascination and passion for research, specifically in sports medicine and exercise as medicine. 
Phone: 720-777-0109 | Email: Morgan.Potter@childrenscolorado.org


Jenna Powell, BS, is a Research Assistant in the MRC working with Drs. O’Donnell, Heare and Mayer on the Hip Preservation Team. Jenna started at the MRC in 2017 after graduating from the University of Denver Cognitive Neuroscience program with majors in Biology and Psychology. 
After working extensively in the University of Denver gait lab measuring balance changes in concussion, Jenna discovered a passion for orthopedic research and mathematical modeling. When not at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Jenna enjoys exploring the Colorado Rocky Mountains and writing satire.
Phone: 720-777-5262 | Email: Jenna.Powell@childrenscolorado.org


Hannah Quick, BA, is a Research Assistant in the Spine Program of the MRC supporting Dr. Erickson and Dr. Garg. Hannah graduate from Colorado College with a degree in Biochemistry and hopes to pursue a career in medicine. The projects she conducts in the Spine Program focus on treatment of spinal deformities in the adolescent population.

Phone: 720-777-5809 | Email: Hannah.Quick@childrenscolorado.org

Alex Tagawa, BS, is a Research Assistant in the CGMA who supports Dr. Carollo and Dr. Rhodes. Alex began at CGMA in May 2016 after graduating from University of Colorado, Denver with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Alex is an integral part of the Neuromuscular Disorders and Cerebral Palsy Program, CGMA, and Sports Medicine Program. In his spare time, he plays soccer and runs.
Phone: 720-777-8682 | Email: Alex.Tagawa@childrenscolorado.org