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.
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.
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
Kira Reed, MBA
is the Practice and Operations Manager for the Orthopedics Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree from Duquesne University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, and her MBA from Chatham University with an emphasis in healthcare administration. Together with the leadership of the MRC, she oversee all administrative and leadership functions for the research assistants at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Phone: 720-777-4893 | Email: Kira.Reed@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.
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, psychiatric clinical trials and childhood nutrition. He is interested to continue working in the area of childhood health issues. His professional goals are to continue working in clinical research. Outside of work, his passions are hiking, biking, soccer, and video games.
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.
| Email: David.Calabrese@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.
Wade Coomer, BS
, is a Research Assistant in the CGMA supporting Dr. De. Wade graduated from Johns Hopkins University in May 2018 with degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology and started at the CGMA in January 2019. Wade primarily works with the Neuromuscular Disorders and Cerebral Palsy Program as well as the Amputee Program. He enjoys skiing, hiking, and playing volleyball in his spare time.
Brandon Euker, BS
, is a research assistant in the Center for Gait and Movement
Analysis who supports Dr. Carollo and Dr. Bodkin. Brandon graduated from James
Madison University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology with a minor in Mathematics. He worked as a geologist before becoming interested in medicine and returning to school to complete the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program at the University of Virginia. Brandon’s research focuses on analysis of gait patterns and plantar pressures as well as developing a methodology for continuously measuring uterine tone during open mid-gestation fetal surgery.
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.
| Email: Alexia.Gagliardi@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.
Whitney Hovater, BS
, is a Research Assistant in the MRC working with Dr. Mayer and Dr. O’Donnell on the Hip Preservation Team. Whitney started at the MRC in May 2019 after graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in Psychology and plans to pursue a career in medicine. After working as an intern in the Orthopedic Department at Boston Children’s Hospital, Whitney developed a passion for orthopedic research and hip preservation. Her research on the Hip Preservation Team focuses on the treatment of hip disorders and sports injuries in the adolescent population.
Christina Howell, BS
, is a Research Assistant in the MRC for the Trauma Program, supporting Dr. Sanders. Christina graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. Her previous research endeavors involved treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, cardiovascular outcomes, and environmental exposures on child health and development. Now, her research will focus on quality and treatment of pediatric orthopedic trauma.
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.
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.
Rachael Martino, BA
, is a Research Assistant in the MRC working with Dr. O’Donnell and Dr. Mayer on the Hip Preservation Team. Rachael started at the MRC in 2019 after graduating from Colorado College with Distinction in Molecular Biology and hopes to pursue a career in medicine. After spending two years in the Colorado College Molecular Biology Lab, Rachael found her passion in orthopedics research and working with children. Her research investigates disorders of the pediatric hip.
Corrine Seehusen, BA
, is a Research Assistant in the Sports Medicine Center supporting Dr. David Howell, Dr. Aaron Provance, Dr. Emily Sweeney, Dr. Gregory Walker, Dr. Aubrey Armento, and Dr. Julie Wilson. Corrine graduated summa cum laude from The College of Saint Benedict in 2019 with a degree in Biochemistry in hopes of pursuing a career in medicine. After performing basic biochemical research on transcription factors and clinical research in pulmonology, she is excited to focus on concussion and other sports related injuries and their outcomes. When not at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Corrine enjoys playing soccer and exploring the mountains around Denver.
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.
Angela Vu, BS
, is a Research Assistant in the MRC for the Spine Program, supporting Dr. Erickson and Dr. Garg. Angela graduated from Regis University in May 2019 with a degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Psychology. Her research project focuses on treatment of spinal deformities in the pediatric.