Scientists

 
 
 
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Dr. David Bar-Or, President of Research

Dr. Bar-Or has over thirty-five years experience in biochemical and molecular biology research, is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and was a distinguished physician for twenty three years, including five years as Director of Emergency Medicine at a nationally accredited Level I trauma center. He is presently Director of Trauma Research for 6 Level I trauma Centers: Swedish Medical Center, St. Anthony Hospital, Medical City Plano, Research Medical Center-Kansas City, Wesley Medial Center, and Penrose Hospital. Dr. Bar-Or received his M.D. from Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel, completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center and was the first to complete a fellowship in Emergency Medicine research at Denver Health Medical Center, a program recognized nationally as a leader in emergency medicine. Dr. Bar-Or has received numerous awards for outstanding clinical and scientific research, including the Gustav Levi Award from the Hadassah/Mount Sinai Hospital, the Kornfield Award for an outstanding MD Thesis, the Outstanding Resident Research Award from the Denver General Hospital, and the Outstanding Clinician Award for the Denver General Medical Emergency Resident Program. David is also the founder, director and Chief Scientific Officer of Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. David has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles and holds hundreds of issued patents.

 
 

Clinical Scientists

Alessandro Orlando, Vice President of Clinical Research and Clinical Epidemiologist   Alessandro joined the team in 2010, and enjoys delving into the unknown via clinical research. Science is the best tool we have to understand our universe and improve our wellbeing, and he enjoys using it to improve the wellbeing of patients suffering traumatic injuries and strokes. His latest research interest pertains to intersection of consciousness and traumatic brain injury. Alessandro received his Bachelor of Biology and Master of Public Health degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia. When he’s not swiftly coding like a character out of the Matrix, he enjoys spending time with his wife, rock climbing, backpacking, snowboarding, goofing around with his Min Pin (Luna) and Lab (Leo), and reading non-fiction (usually science topics).

Alessandro Orlando, Vice President of Clinical Research and Clinical Epidemiologist

Alessandro joined the team in 2010, and enjoys delving into the unknown via clinical research. Science is the best tool we have to understand our universe and improve our wellbeing, and he enjoys using it to improve the wellbeing of patients suffering traumatic injuries and strokes. His latest research interest pertains to intersection of consciousness and traumatic brain injury. Alessandro received his Bachelor of Biology and Master of Public Health degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia. When he’s not swiftly coding like a character out of the Matrix, he enjoys spending time with his wife, rock climbing, backpacking, snowboarding, goofing around with his Min Pin (Luna) and Lab (Leo), and reading non-fiction (usually science topics).

Kristin Salottolo, Senior Epidemiologist   Kristin has been with Trauma Research since 2007. Her responsibilities include trial design, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation for stroke and trauma research studies across several trauma centers and a comprehensive stroke center. She has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific publications. Kristin received a Bachelor of Science in biology from the College of Charleston, was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, then earned a Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from the University of Colorado. She currently resides in Charleston, SC. Her hobbies include traveling, road biking, and hanging out with her family on the water.

Kristin Salottolo, Senior Epidemiologist

Kristin has been with Trauma Research since 2007. Her responsibilities include trial design, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation for stroke and trauma research studies across several trauma centers and a comprehensive stroke center. She has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific publications. Kristin received a Bachelor of Science in biology from the College of Charleston, was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, then earned a Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from the University of Colorado. She currently resides in Charleston, SC. Her hobbies include traveling, road biking, and hanging out with her family on the water.

Constance McGraw, Epidemiologist   Constance has been with Trauma Research since 2016 and recently completed her Master of Public Health with Claremont Graduate University. During her MPH program, she worked as a data analyst on an HIV risk study to create surveys to evaluate short and long-term health behavior studies. Before graduate school, Constance worked with VCU Medical College, where she performed experiments for Parkinson’s disease research. Her responsibilities at Trauma Research include analyzing data and providing future direction for three different centers. Outside of work, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking and playing with her Siberian husky.

Constance McGraw, Epidemiologist

Constance has been with Trauma Research since 2016 and recently completed her Master of Public Health with Claremont Graduate University. During her MPH program, she worked as a data analyst on an HIV risk study to create surveys to evaluate short and long-term health behavior studies. Before graduate school, Constance worked with VCU Medical College, where she performed experiments for Parkinson’s disease research. Her responsibilities at Trauma Research include analyzing data and providing future direction for three different centers. Outside of work, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking and playing with her Siberian husky.

 
Casey Pelzl, Epidemiologist   Casey joined Trauma Research in April 2019. Before moving to Colorado, she spent 5 years with the Scripps Mercy trauma research team in San Diego. There she developed a passion for understanding frailty and its role as a risk factor in our nation’s aging trauma population. Prior to receiving her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from San Diego State University in 2013, Casey worked as a vaccinologist and immunologist for various pharmaceutical companies in San Diego’s Golden Triangle. If she’s not skiing, Casey can be found with a line in the river, trying to wrestle in a rainbow trout.

Casey Pelzl, Epidemiologist

Casey joined Trauma Research in April 2019. Before moving to Colorado, she spent 5 years with the Scripps Mercy trauma research team in San Diego. There she developed a passion for understanding frailty and its role as a risk factor in our nation’s aging trauma population. Prior to receiving her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from San Diego State University in 2013, Casey worked as a vaccinologist and immunologist for various pharmaceutical companies in San Diego’s Golden Triangle. If she’s not skiing, Casey can be found with a line in the river, trying to wrestle in a rainbow trout.

Stephanie Jarvis, Epidemiologist   Stephanie is a new clinical epidemiologist for Trauma Research. She received a Master of Public Health degree focusing in epidemiology with the Colorado School of Public Health in 2015. Since graduating she has been working at Denver Health Medical Center in the surgery and trauma research department as a study coordinator. With Trauma Research LLC, she will be designing clinical studies, executing statistical methodology for data analysis, as well as drafting scientific abstracts and manuscripts. She has a specific interest in traumatic spinal cord injuries. Outside of work Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling, and biking.

Stephanie Jarvis, Epidemiologist

Stephanie is a new clinical epidemiologist for Trauma Research. She received a Master of Public Health degree focusing in epidemiology with the Colorado School of Public Health in 2015. Since graduating she has been working at Denver Health Medical Center in the surgery and trauma research department as a study coordinator. With Trauma Research LLC, she will be designing clinical studies, executing statistical methodology for data analysis, as well as drafting scientific abstracts and manuscripts. She has a specific interest in traumatic spinal cord injuries. Outside of work Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling, and biking.

Erica Sercy, Epidemiologist   Erica is a new addition to the clinical epidemiology team at Trauma Research. She previously spent three years at the University of South Carolina’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program focusing on lung cancer research and racial and socioeconomic disparities in cancer outcomes and access to care. She received her Master of Science in Public Health degree in epidemiology from Emory University in 2009 and has since also worked as an editor at the journal Nature. In addition to her abiding passion for SAS, Erica enjoys books, coffee, and hiking with her new daughter.

Erica Sercy, Epidemiologist

Erica is a new addition to the clinical epidemiology team at Trauma Research. She previously spent three years at the University of South Carolina’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program focusing on lung cancer research and racial and socioeconomic disparities in cancer outcomes and access to care. She received her Master of Science in Public Health degree in epidemiology from Emory University in 2009 and has since also worked as an editor at the journal Nature. In addition to her abiding passion for SAS, Erica enjoys books, coffee, and hiking with her new daughter.

 

Basic Scientists

Leonard Rael, Toxicologist and Biochemist   Leonard has been with Trauma Research LLC since 1999. With over 20 years of experience in scientific research with an emphasis in biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology, he has published over 35 scientific manuscripts including 5 first author publications on oxidative stress in the critically ill and stored blood using oxidation reduction potential (ORP) technology, which he co-invented. Leonard also assisted in the research and development of other medical diagnostics including the albumin cobalt binding assay for the diagnosis of myocardial ischemia, oxidative stress markers in the blood plasma of trauma patients, and the rapid identification of bacterial pathogens in ventilator associated pneumonia patients by PCR.

Leonard Rael, Toxicologist and Biochemist

Leonard has been with Trauma Research LLC since 1999. With over 20 years of experience in scientific research with an emphasis in biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology, he has published over 35 scientific manuscripts including 5 first author publications on oxidative stress in the critically ill and stored blood using oxidation reduction potential (ORP) technology, which he co-invented. Leonard also assisted in the research and development of other medical diagnostics including the albumin cobalt binding assay for the diagnosis of myocardial ischemia, oxidative stress markers in the blood plasma of trauma patients, and the rapid identification of bacterial pathogens in ventilator associated pneumonia patients by PCR.

Raphael Bar-Or, Computational Biologist   Raphael Bar-Or is an accomplished scientist having studied applied mathematics and computational biology at the University of Colorado at Denver. Raphael has functional expertise in computational biology, applied mathematics, medical device development, hardware and software integration, classifier algorithm design, absorption/transmission spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, chromatography, expert systems, and programming. He holds multiple US and worldwide patents and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications. Raphael received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

Raphael Bar-Or, Computational Biologist

Raphael Bar-Or is an accomplished scientist having studied applied mathematics and computational biology at the University of Colorado at Denver. Raphael has functional expertise in computational biology, applied mathematics, medical device development, hardware and software integration, classifier algorithm design, absorption/transmission spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, chromatography, expert systems, and programming. He holds multiple US and worldwide patents and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications. Raphael received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

Greg Thomas, Molecular Biologist   Greg is a molecular biologist and has been contracting with Trauma Research since 2001. He has over 19 years experience in scientific research with an emphasis in cytology after studying biology and microbiology at Colorado State University. Gregory’s areas of expertise include microscopy, qPCR, cell culture, and cloning. Prior to working with Ampio Pharmacueticals, he worked with the clinical immunology department at the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Center working on macrophage cell signaling pathways. Outside of work, Gregory enjoys fly fishing, routing for his alma mater Colorado State’s football team, running, and spending time with his family.

Greg Thomas, Molecular Biologist

Greg is a molecular biologist and has been contracting with Trauma Research since 2001. He has over 19 years experience in scientific research with an emphasis in cytology after studying biology and microbiology at Colorado State University. Gregory’s areas of expertise include microscopy, qPCR, cell culture, and cloning. Prior to working with Ampio Pharmacueticals, he worked with the clinical immunology department at the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Center working on macrophage cell signaling pathways. Outside of work, Gregory enjoys fly fishing, routing for his alma mater Colorado State’s football team, running, and spending time with his family.

 
 
Dr. Liz Gersh, Molecular Biologist   Liz is a Molecular Biologist at Ampio Pharmaceuticals and has been collaborating with Trauma Research since 2014. She received Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Biology at Colby College and a Doctorate in Biochemistry at Duke University. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship the University of Colorado in Boulder and worked as a Senior Editor for American Journal Experts. In graduate school, Liz studied RNA-binding tandem zinc finger proteins that play a role in RNA turnover, and during her post-doc, she produced human papillomavirus proteins to be used in second-generation vaccines. In her free time, Liz enjoys reading, running, hiking, and playing with her dog, Buddy.

Dr. Liz Gersh, Molecular Biologist

Liz is a Molecular Biologist at Ampio Pharmaceuticals and has been collaborating with Trauma Research since 2014. She received Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Biology at Colby College and a Doctorate in Biochemistry at Duke University. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship the University of Colorado in Boulder and worked as a Senior Editor for American Journal Experts. In graduate school, Liz studied RNA-binding tandem zinc finger proteins that play a role in RNA turnover, and during her post-doc, she produced human papillomavirus proteins to be used in second-generation vaccines. In her free time, Liz enjoys reading, running, hiking, and playing with her dog, Buddy.

Dr. Melissa Hausburg, Molecular Biologist   Melissa is a Molecular Biologist with Trauma Research since 2015. She received her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from The University of Colorado, Boulder in 2010. Her thesis work elucidated a post-transcriptional mechanism that suppresses muscle stem cell activation until injury signals rapidly switch quiescent muscle stem cells to proliferating myoblasts. After completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship studying RNA-binding proteins in North Carolina at the National Institutes of Health, she returned to Colorado to pursue a career in the Biotech Industry. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and son in the mountains and is an avid gardener.

Dr. Melissa Hausburg, Molecular Biologist

Melissa is a Molecular Biologist with Trauma Research since 2015. She received her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from The University of Colorado, Boulder in 2010. Her thesis work elucidated a post-transcriptional mechanism that suppresses muscle stem cell activation until injury signals rapidly switch quiescent muscle stem cells to proliferating myoblasts. After completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship studying RNA-binding proteins in North Carolina at the National Institutes of Health, she returned to Colorado to pursue a career in the Biotech Industry. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and son in the mountains and is an avid gardener.

 
 

Other Team Members

 
Tina Thompson, IRB and Research Coordinator   Tina brings a wealth of IRB experience and clinical research. Among other things, Tina is in charge of all of the active IRB submissions and continuing reviews across all study sites, making sure all they IRB compliant and audit-ready, continuously keeping ACS review information updated for all of our sites, and helping connect each of our hospitals to national clinical studies. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, and traveling.

Tina Thompson, IRB and Research Coordinator

Tina brings a wealth of IRB experience and clinical research. Among other things, Tina is in charge of all of the active IRB submissions and continuing reviews across all study sites, making sure all they IRB compliant and audit-ready, continuously keeping ACS review information updated for all of our sites, and helping connect each of our hospitals to national clinical studies. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, and traveling.

Jan Leonard, Epidemiologist   Jan currently serves as a consultant with the ION group, and was previously employed from 2014-2017. She is employed at the University of Colorado in the pediatrics department. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities in the Colorado mountains and spending time with her husband and son Mason.

Jan Leonard, Epidemiologist

Jan currently serves as a consultant with the ION group, and was previously employed from 2014-2017. She is employed at the University of Colorado in the pediatrics department. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities in the Colorado mountains and spending time with her husband and son Mason.