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  • Maria Merino

    Maria Merino

    SVRC Intern 

    SVRC Intern

    Maria Merino is one of our newest interns and will also be responsible for pre-screening and identifying participants for our current studies from our internal database, incoming referrals from social media ads, incoming referrals from the community and central recruitment campaigns. She is also assisting with administrative day to day research tasks and working with the study coordinators, research assistant and director of research to assist with anything they need. Maria has been trained on and assist with collecting blood samples from our subjects, processing blood and urine specimen for our studies and assists with vital sign, height and weight, blood pressure and EKG collection and data collection. She started out with us in Mid-January 2021 as an intern who volunteers a few days/hours a week. Maria has no clinical research experience, she is a certified Medical Assistant as of August 2020 and is a currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego and estimated to graduate in June 2022. Maria has been interested in research but has not had the opportunity to do anything related to research expect in the academic setting at UCSD. Maria graduated with her High School Diploma from Calexico High School in June 2019 and Maria is fluent (Speak, read and write) in Spanish. 


    Bernardo Ng M.D.

    Investigador Principal y Evaluadora (Psiquiatra)

    Ernesto Tiznado, M.D.

    Sub-Investigador (Neurólogo Pediátrico)

    Manjusha Kurada, M.D.

    Sub-Investigadora (Psiquiatra)

    Patricia Ogude, MSN FNP-BC, RN

    Sub-Investigador (Enfermera de Familia con Licencia)

    Rater and Therapist
    Erike Apolinar, LMFT

    Sub-Investigador y Evaluador (Terapeuta Matrimonial y Familiar con Licencia)

    Judy Galindo, CCRC

    Directora de Investigación (Coordinador Certificado de Investigación Clínica)

    Leslie Michelle Dowling

    Coordinadora de Investigación Clínica Bilingüe y Flebotomista

    Rossy Sanchez

    Coordinador de Investigación Clínica

    Jennifer Deroma

    Representante de Marketing y Reclutadora

    Adolfo Ng

    Asistente de Investigación

    Leslie Ruiz

    Asistente de Investigación

    SVRC Intern
    Jessica Barrios

    SVRC Intern