The Team

Research activities are divided into seven scientific cores and one administrative core. Each core contributes to different areas of science and research.

  1. Molecular
  2. Surgical Models & Behavior
  3. Cell Culture
  4. Neuropathology
  5. Electrophysiology
  6. Clinical Research
  7. Cerebrovascular

The administrative core oversees the budget, the grants submission process, and the office and management for the APOM research team.

APOM Laboratory Research Team

APOM Clinical Research Team

APOM Research Division Administration Team

Amy Cissell, BA

Amy Cissell, MS; Research Administrator

Amy Cissell serves as the Research Administrator for Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. Her responsibilities encompass managing the Division budget, overseeing the pre- and post-award activities, and participating in long-range strategic planning. She joined the research team as Grant Administrator in May 2008, and has been the Research Administrator since early 2013. Amy holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in English from South Dakota State University and received a Master of Science Degree in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon in 2012. She enjoys running, reading, gardening, and spending time with her husband, son, and friends.

Cassie Dong

Cassie Dong; Financial Analyst

Cassie worked for Quest Diagnostics for 11-years as senior accountant, as well as a General Ledger Accountant for Portland Public School before coming to APOM as Financial Analyst in March 2012. Her job duties include processing FPP payroll, Accounts Payable and Time keeping. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and cooking.

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Beth Fee; Grants and Contracts Coordinator

Beth comes to Anesthesia from the Department of Neurosurgery where she provided administrative and grant support to the research division.   Beth has over 15 years' experience in pre and post award management of both basic science and clinical research projects.  In addition to her work at OHSU, she is a senior at Portland State University where she is studying accounting, she is helping her boyfriend develop a new start-up business  and she is also trustee for both of her elderly parents.  In her spare time, she likes to sew, cook and garden.  Beth lives with her mother and son, two Pomeranian dogs and a cat.

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Maria Heruela; Administrative Coordinator

Maria is the Administrative Coordinator in the Research Division of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. She joined our team in May 2014. She is the principal support for the Vice Chair for Research and also provides support services for the Research Administrator and several members of the research faculty. Her other responsibilities include overseeing the orientation process for new hires and serving as timekeeper for the division.

Maria received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Management at Portland State University. She enjoys hiking, reading books, and hanging out with family and friends.

Karl Koenig

Karl Koenig, Financial Analyst II

Karl joined the APOM team in October 2013 as a financial analyst, who assists with the billing, reporting and costing activities related to the department. Prior to joining OHSU, Karl worked for 25 years at Regency BlueCross BlueShield in a variety of accounting and finance positions. In addtion, he has a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Oregon State University and is a CPA. Away from work, Karl spends time with his wife and two children and enjoys exercising, as well as working on home improvement projects.

Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young, BS; Lab Manager

Jennifer Young joined the Research Division of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine in 2003. She was promoted Lab Manager in 2012, for our facility at the Hatfield Research Center, one of two molecular laboratories in the department, and continues to be instrumental in the establishment and operation of the laboratory.She has played a principal role in developing experimental standards for protein chemistry and genotyping techniques widely used throughout the Research Division.She has also helped to develop key immunohistochemical techniques for studying post-ischemic processes in vivo.

Before coming to OHSU, Jennifer worked for the United States Geological Survey as a Lead Laboratory Technician studying immune response and predation in juvenile Chinook salmon and sturgeon species in the Columbia River.She received the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology in 2002 from Washington State University.