Research Administration Team

Hillary Regan; 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 Mader, BS; Assistant Laboratory Manager

Sarah is an Assistant Laboratory Manager in our department, as well as serving as a Cell Culture Specialist, working directly with Dr. Ines Koerner and serving the cell culture needs of multiple investigators in our Research Division. Her responsibilities include primary cell culture, maintaining cell lines, as well as various experiments utilizing products of cell culture.

Sarah studied biology at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where she earned the Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2001. She subsequently accepted a position in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU to assist with a study of long-term behavioral patterns in rats addicted to cocaine. In this role, Sarah gained expertise in histological analysis and in a variety of microtechniques including surgical brain implantation in rats, microinjection, and microdialysis. Previously in our lab Sarah has served many roles, including offering mouse genotyping services, colony handling and performing small animal surgeries, including the MCAO model.

Yalda Zarnegarnia, PhD; Senior Associate Biostatistician

Yalda is a Senior Associate Biostatistician in the Anesthesiology department. Yalda started on December 1, 2020 and will work for APOM investigators starting at 50% FTE. She received her PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Miami in summer 2019. During her PhD program, she developed new methodologies for ROC curve estimation in settings with correlated data to evaluate the true ability of biomarkers in discriminating between cases and controls in a familial paired design. After graduation, she attended a data engineering fellowship program at Insight Data Science in LA. In her spare time, Yalda enjoys hiking, camping and gardening and plays keyboard sometimes.

Renee Alexander; Financial Analyst II

Renee joined the APOM team in March 2018 as a Financial Analyst and assists with the billing, reporting and budgeting activities related to the department. Prior to joining the APOM team, Renee worked in the Neurology department. Prior to joining OHSU, Renee worked as an Accountant at Schnitzer Steel, Inc. and Cambia Health Solutions. Away from work, Renee enjoys most outdoor activities, cooking and being with her family.

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.

Praveen Tekkali; 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. 

Patrick Bullock, BS; Administrative Coordinator

Patrick is an Administrative Coordinator in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in Natural Resources, focusing on Environmental Policy and Law. For the past six years he has work in the Hematology and Medical Oncology department at the Knight Cancer Institute. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, playing basketball, soccer and running.