Emergency Medicine

Research (CPR-EM) Staff

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Meet our staff


Sean Babcock, Informatician 2 - Machine Learning Specialist

Sean joined the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2021. Some of Sean's professional interests include bioinformatics algorithms, machine learning for both data analysis and genetic discovery, and image analysis in disease detection, artificial intelligence, clinical treatment and radiogenomics. Outside of work Sean enjoys hiking and backpacking, snowshoeing and skiing, fly fishing, woodworking, drawing, and painting.


Nathan Bahr, PhD - Informatician 3

Nathan joined the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2023. Nathan has a passion for working on the integration between clinical and technical systems. He has a hobby of studying visual recognition algorithms with the goal of finding a real-world clinical application for it.


Jenny Cook, B.A., G.C.P.H. - Senior Research Project Manager

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Jenny is a Senior Research Project Manager and the Assistant Manager of the Center. She manages multiple grant programs and networks for the Center and provides administrative oversight for all CPR-EM Internship programs.

Jenny began working for the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2001 as an Emergency Transport Coordinator before moving to the research group in Emergency Medicine in 2007, where she provided program and research support for the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, the Greenwall POLST Registry Pilot Project, subsequent statewide Oregon POLST Registry, and the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT). Ms. Cook served as Program Administrator for the Oregon Multidisciplinary Training Program in Emergency Care Research, a training grant mentoring clinician-scientists. She manages the OHSU SIREN Network and Pediatric Readiness Grants for Craig Newgard, PI. Ms. Cook has a Graduate Certificate in Public Health and excels at project development, establishing interdisciplinary teams, interagency relationships, communications, project management, and public speaking. In her off hours, she can be found enjoying family life, dancing ballet, volunteering, traveling & enjoying the outdoors or taking a rare moment to enjoy a good book.

Denise Griffiths, CPR-EM Research Manager

Denise Griffiths, B.S., C.C.R.P.  - Senior Research Project Manager

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Denise is the Department's Research Manager and specializes in grants and contracts administration and budgeting. She serves as the SIREN Network Project Manager and assists with study coordination of other research projects within the department.  She has also served as Project Manager/Coordinator in several federally funded Networks over the years including Rapid Early Action for Coronary Treatment (REACT), EMERGEncy ID NET Network, Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Trial, and the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) Network. Denise is trained under the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) as a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP).  She joined the Department of Emergency Medicine in January 1996 and has been integral to the research endeavors CPR-EM has accomplished over the years. In her spare time, Denise enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading and being outdoors.


Joy Kim B.S., CCRP - Senior Clinical Research Assistant

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Joy joined the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2018 as a Regulatory Coordinator with the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine and is currently a Research Coordinator involved in various projects from the pre-hospital setting to the inpatient level. Joy has over 4 years of diverse lab and clinical research experience from undergrad. She wants to pursue a career in medicine and is interested in emergency medicine as well as geriatrics, working with underserved communities. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, trying new places to eat, curling up with a good book or game & tea, and adventuring with her cat.


Nancy Le, MSN, BA, RN - Clinical Research Associate

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Nancy joined the Department of Emergency Medicine in April 2010 with the Oregon POLST Registry. She later transitioned to support projects under the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) and the LITES network. Nancy has coordinated prehospital, emergency, and critical care studies funded by the NIH, DoD, and industry. She manages study site activities from training, education, screening, consenting, and enrollment and ensures accurate, high-quality clinical data collection. In January 2022, Nancy transitioned to part-time to focus on her nursing degree. She graduated in August 2023 from Johns Hopkins University with her Master of Science in Nursing. Nancy is a cardiac surgery ICU registered nurse and continues to be involved in clinical research trials.

Amber Lin, Biostatistician

Amber Laurie Lin, M.S. - Staff Biostatistician

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Amber is a staff biostatistician with the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency medicine and an instructor with the School of Public Health. Amber supports investigators in the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency, Department of Emergency Medicine, and Oregon Emergency Care Research Multidisciplinary Training Program. She advises and assists investigators and scholars with grant applications, study design, and data analysis. Amber has a Master's in Biostatistics from OHSU, and she began working for Emergency Medicine in 2014. When Amber isn't working, she's usually at the park or playing music with her daughter, Jane.

Susan Malveau, M.S., Research Data Analyst 4 - CPR-EM Data Manager

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Sue is a software engineer who joined the department in 2008.  She serves as the CPR-EM Data manager, ensuring the appropriate storage and security of all project data.  With an MS in Biomedical Engineering and more than two decades of software design experience, Sue enjoys using her programming skills to automate tasks associated with the analysis of electronic data.  She also enjoys designing web-based applications that incorporate interactive data visualization tools.  In her free time, Sue enjoys running, boating, live theatre, wine tasting, spending time with friends and family, and finding the best places to watch the sunset.


Nicholas (Nick) Patrick – Clinical Research Assistant 2- Study Coordinator

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Nick joined the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2022. He received his B.S. in Biology from Oakland University in Rochester, MI, in 2011 and received his M.D. in 2020 from AUC School of Medicine. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, running, kayaking, skiing, fish keeping and aquascaping, and table-top gaming.

Apoorva Salvi, Biostatistician

Apoorva Salvi, BDS, MPH - Staff Biostatistician 1

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Apoorva joined OHSU in December 2020 and currently splits her time between the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine (CPR-EM) and the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC). Apoorva received her Master’s in Epidemiology from Texas A&M and her Dental degree from India. She supports the Center with study design, grant application, and data analysis. Her current work with the center will primarily be with the Pediatric Readiness Grants held by CPR-EM Director Dr. Craig Newgard.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and exploring new places.

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Jeff Smith, Clinical Research Assistant 2

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Jeff joined the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2022. Jeff’s professional interests include pre-hospital care, Wilderness Emergency Medicine, and medicine in austere or low-resource environments. When not at work, he likes outdoor activities such as climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, and helping fire ecologists collect tree chronology data. Jeff also enjoys playing music when he gets the chance.

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Maja Strusinska-Thayer, Clinical Research Assistant 2 & Regulatory Coordinator

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Maja joined the department in 2024. Prior to starting as a Regulatory/Study Coordinator, Maja was part of the Clinical Research Investigative Studies Program (CRISP) at OHSU and served as a project lead for 3 projects. She hopes to one day attend medical school and is interested in practicing Emergency Medicine and continuing in research. Outside of work, Maja enjoys hiking, going to concerts, and exploring the PNW with her friends.

Dalton Wesemann

Dalton Wesemann - Clinical Research Assistant 2 - Study Coordinator

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Dalton joined the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2023 as a Study Coordinator. He graduated from Portland State University in 2022 with a double majors in Community Health Promotion and Urban & Public Affairs. He is currently a graduate student in the Health Management & Policy program at OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. He has worked in the Clinical Psychology and Clinical Psychiatry departs here at OHSU for the last two years, where he has been Undergraduate Research Assistant and a Clinical Research Assistant 2. In this position, he researched negative parenting, use of ketamine for treating suicidality and depression, catatonia, and aggression. He is broadly interested in health outcomes of youth. After completing his masters he plans to get a Ph.D. in Clinical or Health psychology. In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching sports, and going to concerts.


Marie-Annick (Annick) Yagapen – Research Project Manager

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Annick first joined the CPR-EM from 2007 to 2018. She returned in 2022 to redevelop, coordinate and administer the CRISP program. The Clinical Research Investigative Studies Program (CRISP) Program exposes vetted pre-health students to the world of clinical research in emergency medicine through prospective ED research projects at the Marquam Hill campus. Annick has an MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from OHSU, a BS in Biological Sciences degree from France, and the Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) certification. Her interest spans a variety of topics ranging from intercultural integration, family time, volunteering at the theatre, traveling, hiking, CGC dog training, foodie nights, exploring the outdoors, and wine country.