People

Our Investigators

Richard Casaburi
Medical Co-Director

Richard Casaburi, PhD, MD established the Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Center (RCTC) in 1998. The RCTC conducts multiple concurrent clinical trials, focused on developing strategies such as exercise testing and training to improve the lives of patients with COPD. Dr. Casaburi is Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and holds the Alvin Grancell/Mary Burns Endowed Chair in the Rehabilitative Sciences at The Lundqusit Institute.

William Stringer
Medical Co-Director

William W. Stringer, MD is a Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His research studies focus on improving exercise capacity in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) with devices, medications, behavioral therapy, and exercise rehabilitation.

Janos Porszasz
Technical Director

Janos Porszasz, MD, PhD is a Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is a core member of the research faculty and Technical Director of the Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Unit. His interests include exercise testing methodology and mechanisms of exercise limitation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Harry Rossiter
Director of Research Training

Harry B. Rossiter, PhD is a Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He conducts clinical and translational research in respiratory and exercise physiology. His research focuses on oxygen transport and utilization in health and chronic disease. Dr Rossiter received a PhD in Physiology from the University of London, and conducted his postdoctoral training at the Department of Medicine at UCSD.

 

David Hsia, MD

Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician

 

Janine Vintch, MD

Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician

 

Ronald Oudiz, MD

Cardiologist

 

Charles Lanks, MD

Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician

Our Team

            

Leticia Diaz, LVN

Lead Study Coordinator

Renee Love-Indelicato, ND

Study Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miriam Urrutia

Study Coorindator

Teresita Endoso, BS, CCS, CPC-A

Adminstrative Assistant

 

Robert Calmelat, MS

Exercise Physiologist

 

April Soriano, BS

Exercise Physiologist

 

Agustin Leyva

Research Assistant

Current Fellows

 

Asghar Abbasi, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 

            

Nicholas B. Tiller, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Former Fellows

2020

 

Dongxing Zhao, PhD, MD

Visiting Researcher

First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, China

 

Wei Yuan, MD

Visiting Researcher

Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University, China

2019

 

Min Cao, MD, PhD

Visiting Researcher

Bejing Chest Hospital, China

 

Amber Norman, BS

Research Assistant

CSU Long Beach

            

Fang Lin, MD, MS

Visiting Researcher

Beijing Friendship Hospital, China

2018

 

Daniel Kwan, BA

Research Assistant

Graduated to: Medical School, University of California, Irvine

 

Rebeca Nunes, PT

Visiting Gradutate Researcher

University Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2017

 

Alessandra Adami, PhD

Postdoctoroal Research Fellow

Graduated to: Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island

 

Krisztina Marosi, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Graduated to: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCLA

 

Shu-Chun (Sean) Huang, MD, PhD

Visiting Researcher

Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan

2016

 

Nicolo Carraro, MD

Visiting Researcher

University of Padova, Italy

 

Laura Bubulyte, BS

Visiting Graduate Researcher

University of Liepzig Medical School, Germany

2015

 

Andy Khamoui, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Graduated to: Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University

 

Yvonne Alva, BS

Study Coordinator

 

 

Zhenci (Jackie) Li, MD

Visiting Researcher

First People's Hospital of Guangzhou City, China

 

Lin Che, MD, PhD

Visiting Researcher

Tongji University Hospital, China

 

Chunting Tan, MD

Visiting Researcher

Beijing, China

 

Rogerio Corvino, MS

Visting Gradutate Researcher

Florianópolis, Brazil

2014

 

Asli Gorek-Dilektasli, MD

Visiting Researcher

Bursa, Turkey

 

Ana Coelho, MS, PT

Visiting Graduate Researcher

Florianópolis, Brazil

 

Norberto Diaz

Research Assistant

Torrance, CA

2013

 

Chih-Hsiang (Dustin) Tsou MD, PhD

Visiting Researcher

National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan

2012

 

Daniel Cannon, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Gratudated to: Assistant Professor, San Diego State University

 

Hester van der Vaart, MD, PhD

Visiting Researcher

University Medical Center, Groningen, The Netherlands

Other alumni Include...

 

Michael Roman, MD

Visiting Researcher

University of Calgary Hospital, Canada

 

Robert Cao, MD

Exercise Physiologist

 

 

Attila Somfay, MD, PhD

Visiting Researcher

Szeged, Hungary

 

Evan Chang, MD

Visiting Researcher

Taiwan, ROC

 

Haoyan Wang, MD

Visiting Researcher

Beijing, China

 

Janos Varga, MD

Visiting Researcher

Budapest, Hungary

 

Margaretta Emtner, PhD

Visiting Researcher

Uppsala, Sweden