The Accelerating Excellence In Translational Science (AXIS)Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

AXIS Program

Principal Investigator:

Jay Vadgama, Ph.D
Vice President for Research and Health Affairs
Professor of Medicine UCLA School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Cancer Research and Training
Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 East 120th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Tel: 323-563-4853
Fax: 323-563-4859
Email: jayvadgama@cdrewu.edu
Administrative
Directors

Theodore Friedman, MD, PhD
Program Director
1748 E. 118th St., LSRNE Bldg.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (310) 668-5197
Email: theodorefriedman@cdrewu.edu

Charles Hilliard, PhD
Associate Program Director
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 563-5865
Email: charleshilliard@cdrewu.edu


Faculty

Piwen Wang
Co-Investigator
1748 E. 118th St., LSRNE Bldg.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 893-4999
Email: piwenwang@cdrewu.edu


Staff

Kavita Shankar, PhD
Program Manager
1748 E. 118th St., LSRNE Bldg.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 563-4937
Email: kavitashankar@cdrewu.edu

Cora Ortile, MBA
Program Budget & Finance Director
1748 E. 118th St., LSRNE Bldg.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 357-3459
Email: coraortile@cdrewu.edu

Sukrit Mukherjee, MS, MSE, PhD(c)
Instructor
Software Engineering Manager
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 249-5739
Email: sukritmukherjee@cdrewu.edu



Biomedical Informatics
Directors

Robert Jenders, MD
Core Director
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 249-5734
Email: robertjenders@cdrewu.edu

Lola Ogunyemi, PhD
Co-Director
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 249-5732
Email: lolaogunyemi@cdrewu.edu





Staff

Sukrit Mukherjee, MS, MSE, PhD(c)
Associate Director
Software Engineering Manager
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 249-5739
Email: sukritmukherjee@cdrewu.edu

Sheba George, PhD
Social Technical Studies
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 249-5733
Email: shebageorge@cdrewu.edu

Paul Robinson, PhD
GIS Director
1731 E 120th St, Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 563-3363
Email: paulrobinson@cdrewu.edu



Clinical Research Resources & Facilities
Directors

David Martins, MD
Core Director
1748 E. 118th St., LSRNE Bldg.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 568-3353
Email: davidmartins@cdrewu.edu

Mayer Davidson, MD
Co-Director
1731 E. 120th Street, Hawkins Building, Room 3076
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 357-3439
Email: mayerdavidson@cdrewu.edu

Wilbert Jordan, MD
Co-Director for HIV/AIDS
Oasis Clinic, 1807 E 120th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (310) 761-8444
Email: wjordan@cdrewu.edu

Richard Pietras, MD
Co-Director for Oncology

Ph: (310) 825-9769
Email: rpietras@ucla.edu





Staff

Peter Tom, PharmD
Pharmacist

Ph: (323) 357-3365
Email: petertom@cdrewu.edu

Humberto Sanchez, BA
Dexa Tech
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Laurice Pitts, LVN
Nurse Manager
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Holly Johnson
Administrative Assistant
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Joanna Juarez
Medical Assistant
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Connie Dzekov, BA
Quality Assurance Maintenance Manager
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Petra Duran
Clinical Research Coordinator
1731 E. 120th St., AFH
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Karen De Paz Silva
Medical Assistant
1731 E. 120th St., Bldg N Rm. 11
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Collaborations, Partnerships & Community Engagement
Directors

Jay Vadgama, PhD
Core Director
1748 East 118th Street, LSRNE Building Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 563-4853
Email: jayvadgama@cdrewu.edu

David Martins, MD
Co-Director
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph:
Email:


Faculty

Roberto Vargas, MD
Co-Investigator
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Homero Del Pino, PhD
Co-Investigator
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Cynthia Davis, MPH
Community Faculty Mentor
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Pluscedia Williams
Community Faculty
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Rachelle Bross
Community Faculty
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Charles McWells, BA
Community Faculty
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Norma Mtume
Community Faculty
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Juanita Booker Vaughns
Community Faculty
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Rev. Joe Waller, EdD
Community Faculty
1748 E. 118th St., LSRNE Bldg. Rm. N211
Los Angeles CA, 90059
Ph: (323) 563-4849
Email:

Martha Navarro
Community Faculty
1748 E. 118th St., LSRNE Bldg. Rm. N211
Los Angeles CA, 90059
Ph: (323) 563-4865
Email:

Aziza Wright, M.Ed.
Core Advisor
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Loretta Jones, MA
Core Advisor
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 292-2002
Email: lorettajones@cdrewu.edu


Staff

Nadia Aibani
Program Coordinator
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 563-3395
Email: nadiaaibani@cdrewu.edu

Andrea Jones
Community Admin Assistant
1731 E. 120th St., AFH Rm. 3092
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph:
Email: andreajones@cdrewu.edu



Evaluation
Directors

Mohsen Bazargan, PhD
Co-Director
1731 E. 120th Street, Hawkins Building
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 357-3655
Email: mohsenbazargan@cdrewu.edu

Pamela Davidson, PhD
Co-Director
UCLA School of Nursing Oppenheimer Tower, 10880 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Ph: (310) 794-4182
Email: pdavidson@sonnet.ucla.edu









Professional Development & Pilot Project
Director

Amiya Sinha-Hikim, PhD
Core Director
1731 E. 120th Street, Hawkins Building
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (310) 222-8184
Email: amiyasinhahikim@cdrewu.edu


Faculty

Nestor Gonzalez-Cadavid, PhD
Faculty
1731 E. 120th Street, Hawkins Building
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 563-9330
Email: nestorgcadavid@cdrewu.edu

Thomas Yoshikawa, MD
Faculty
11301 Wilshire Blvd, Building 220, Room 309
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 357-3680
Email: thomasyoshikawa@cdrewu.edu






Research Design & Biostatistics
Directors

Magda Shaheen, MD, PhD
Core Director
1731 E. 120th Street, Cobb Building
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 357-3453
Email: magdashaheen@cdrewu.edu

Martin Lee, PhD
Co-Director
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (818) 807-9365
Email: martinlee@cdrewu.edu


Faculty

Dulcie Kermah, MPH
Statistician
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 563-5710
Email: dulciekermah@cdrewu.edu

Deyu Pan, MS
Programmer & Analyst
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 357-3476
Email: deyupan@cdrewu.edu






Technology Laboratory
Director

Jorge Artaza, PhD
Core Director
1748 E. 118th St., LSRNE Bldg. Rm. N211
Los Angeles CA, 90059
Ph: (323) 563-4915
Email: jorgeartaza@cdrewu.edu


Faculty

Monica Ferrini, PhD
Lab Leader
1731 E. 120th Street, Hawkins Building, Room 3089
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 563-5962
Email: monicaferrini@cdrewu.edu

Rajan Singh, PhD
Lab Co-Leader
1731 E. 120th Street, Hawkins Building, Room 3089
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: (323) 563-5828
Email: rajansingh@cdrewu.edu

Yong Wu, PhD
Lab Co-Leader
1748 E. 118th St., LSRNE Bldg. S214
Los Angeles CA, 90059
Ph: (323) 563-4885
Email: yongwu@cdrewu.edu

John Elshimali, MD
Clinical Pathologist
1748 E. 118th St., LSRNE Bldg. Rm. S230
Los Angeles CA, 90059
Ph: (323) 563-3410
Email: yahyaelshimali@cdrewu.edu


Staff

Melissa Braga
Sr. Research Associate
1748 E. 118th St., LSRNE Bldg. Rm. N211
Los Angeles CA, 90059
Ph: (323) 563-9394
Email: melissabraga@cdrewu.edu