Hillary Regan, BS; Research Administrator
Hillary joins the department as the new Grants Manager and currently the Interim Research Adminsistrator for the research division, and will be working closely with the research admin team in overseeing our pre-award and post-award grant activities. Hillary comes to us by way of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she held dual roles as the Administrator for the Biostatistics & Design Program and the Program Coordinator for the Preventive Medicine Residency. In her new role Hillary will be the point person for all research grants and contracts, and will manage research-related labor distribution and bi-annual effort certifications. Hillary has been an OHSU employee since the mid-90’s and her career interests include design thinking, conflict transformation, and process improvement. Outside of work Hillary enjoys spending time with her family, engaging in outdoor activities (gardening, camping, fishing, hiking and adventuring), crafting and up-cycling.
Nicole Libal, BS; Laboratory Manager
Nicole Libal is a Laboratory Manager in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (APOM). She manages the mouse breeding colonies in APOM’s laboratories and also provides surgical and technical support for ongoing pre-clinical research. She is a registered laboratory animal technician with the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) and was named 2010 Technician of the Year by the Oregon branch of AALAS.
In 2005, Nicole earned her bachelor’s in animal sciences from Oregon State University. When she takes a break from the laboratory, she enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, and camping.
Sarah Feller, BS; Clinical Research Manager
In late 2021, Sarah accepted the position of Clinical Research Manager for Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. Previously Sarah served in the department as the Assistant Lab Manager and Cell Culture Specialist for APOM Basic Science for several years. She is a long time employee of OHSU and has spent the majority of her career with Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, starting in the department as a Research Assistant II in September of 2006.
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Pacific University in 2001, shortly after which she accepted her first position with OHSU within the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience. Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband enjoying weekend trips with their dogs. She also has a soft spot for her colony of sugar gliders.
Heidi Owen, MA; Grants and Contracts Coordinator
Heidi joined the research administrative team at APOM in February 2021, following 15 years providing administrative support to a large research lab at OHSU’s Vollum Institute and grants and fellowship support to the Institute’s graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Prior to coming to OHSU, Heidi worked as Assistant to the Dean of the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing. Heidi’s passion for research and discovery was ignited doing PhD studies in musicology prior to moving to Portland. Outside of work, Heidi enjoys reading, biking, hiking, and spending time with her daughter.
Praveen Tekkali, MS; System Application Analyst
Praveen joins the research division in APOM as a System Analyst working with Dr. Miriam Treggiari. Praveen received his master’s degree in Computer Science in 2013 from Texas A&M. Since then he has been working as a Programmer Analyst in various domains in the IT industry, with an expertise in data management, data warehousing, business intelligence and data modeling. Outside of work Praveen’s interests include traveling, playing tennis, cricket and running.
Ngoc Wasson, MPH; Technical Writer
Ngoc completed her BS in Neuroscience at Columbia University and received a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at OHSU. Her previous OHSU work includes publications in high-impact medical journals including Annals of Internal Medicine, co-authorship of book chapters, and numerous conference and slide presentations. In addition to her work at OHSU, she has been a consultant Medical Writer for Aggregate Analytics - an independent, women-owned company.
Ngoc is originally from Da Nang, Vietnam and moved to the US as a child, growing up in rural unincorporated Clackamas County on a private airfield. Many years ago, she started her writing career as a teenager working for The Oregonian and was later hired to write feature articles and produce graphics for publication. After living in New York during college, Ngoc returned to Portland to attend OHSU’s School of Medicine.
She and her partner own three surfboards that are collecting dust in their living room because she prefers the warm ocean waters of Hawaii and Mexico to surfing in a wet suit on the Oregon Coast (though she does love the scenic beauty and beach walks on the Oregon Coast). She prefers biking to driving, and used to ride her bike up the hill to OHSU before we had the tram or bike valet. Ngoc enjoys cycling, hiking and backpacking, especially if there is sunshine in the forecast. International travel has been inspirational to her and she has spent time in Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Mexico and hopes to visit more locations across the globe someday. Whenever possible, she feeds the crows.
Emily Hauser, BS; Finance Analyst 2
Emily has worked at OHSU for 13 years in Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine and most recently Pediatrics. She has lived in the Portland metro area all her life and really enjoys all the outdoor activities Oregon has to offer. Emily is married with 2 daughters, ages 8 and 5, and has a Newfoundland puppy named Olive. She enjoys going camping, going to the beach, and hiking with her family. She also likes renovating her house with her husband and working on household projects.
Elyse Allen, BS; Research Administrative Coordinator
Elyse transitions to the APOM Research Administration Team after spending several years as a Senior Research Associate in the APOM Basic Science Research Division. Elyse grew up in the Seattle area, and spent most of her childhood exploring the central WA Cascades. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2010, and after graduation she was offered a position in the lab of Dr. Richard Palmiter. Elyse transitioned from UW to OHSU in 2013, when she accepted a position as a Research Assistant. Elyse has been working in academic research ever since, first as a technician and eventually as a lab manager/project manager for the labs of Dr. Mary Stenzel-Poore and Dr. Nabil Alkayed. She is very excited to support research efforts across the department.
Serena (Shuo) Cao, PhD, MPH; Biostatistician 3
Serena joins us from the University of Pittsburgh, where she worked as a lead biostatistician for three years. Serena earned a PhD in 2020 from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MPH in 2014. Additionally she has a background in basic science research, and can offer expertise in statistical analysis for medical and pharmaceutical research. In her spare time, Serena enjoys baking, hiking, and gardening, especially roses. In fact, she has over 100 varieties of rose in her garden! Serena is very excited to support the research efforts of APOM and OHSU!