Christopher Gardner, PhD: CTC Director

Dr. Gardner, Professor of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center, has extensive experience in successful study design, recruitment and retention. He also directs a NIH/NHLBI T32 fellow training program, and has advised national organizations, including the AHA Nutrition Scientific Advisory committee and the Obesity Society Education Committee. He will direct the CTC and the CTC Clinical Trials Support hub.


Tracey McLaughlin, MD: CTC Associate Director.

Dr. McLaughlin is Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology. She splits her time between caring for patients with diabetes and clinical and translational research on diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity, and metabolism. She has led multiple NIH, ADA, AHA and industry-sponsored clinical trials and is well versed in the procedures necessary to set up trials with IRB and the Clinical-Translational Research Unit. Dr. McLaughlin will oversee the CTC Biorepository core and assist with clinical recruitment/consenting for the clinical registry and coordinating biobank sample collection and management to improve research efficiency and facilitate collaborations between DRC investigators.


Manisha Desai, PhD: CTC Associate Director

Dr. Desai is Professor of Medicine and of Biomedical Data Science. She is the founder and director of the Stanford Quantitative Sciences Unit (QSU), a biostatistical unit of over 20 faculty, PhD-, and Masters-level staff started in 2009. The QSU provides the statistical infrastructure for large-scale research projects at the School of Medicine. As Associate-Director of the CTC, Dr. Desai will oversee the CTC Analytic Support team.


Walter G. Park, MD: Tissue Bank Director

Dr. Park is Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. As a clinical and translational investigator, he leads multi-institutional consortiums dedicated to identifying diagnostic biomarkers for pancreatic disorders including pancreatogenic diabetes. Dr. Park directs the CTC Human Tissue Core, which procures and banks human organs and tissues to enable diabetes research.


Christina Petlura, Clinical Research Coordinator

Christina Petlura is the Clinical Coordinator for the Clinical Translational Core (CTC) of the Diabetes Research Center at Stanford (SDRC). She graduated from McMaster University in Canada with a Master’s degree in Chemical Biology and is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. In addition to her role with the SDRC, she is also a Clinical Research Coordinator in Dr. Christopher Gardner’s group with the Stanford Prevention Research Center.


Jaden Yang

Jaden joined the QSU in June 2013. She completed her M.S. in Biostatistics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she studied statistical genetics with Michael Boehnke. She is currently using her knowledge of statistics, programming skills: SAS, R and Python in the context of several projects related to big data, radiology, electronical health data, WHI, cancer, clinical trial.


Sharon Pneh

Sharon coordinates specimen procurement for the Human Tissue Core by setting up projects with organ procurement organizations according to the interests of Stanford researchers. She will know if your project’s needs can be met through this core service. Outside of the SDRC, she processes and banks samples for various studies in Dr. Walter Park’s lab.