Aaryn has extensive experience in all aspects of Phase II-IV clinical trials and possesses in-depth knowledge of clinical research methodology. She has worked with varying populations from teens with high-risk behaviors, to post-menopausal women. While she values all populations with whom she’s come in contact, her work with ALS patients is a highlight. Aaryn serves as a liaison between UC San Diego and various sponsors and their partners, clinical research organizations, and the UC San Diego Human Research Protection Program. She ensures that research-related activities are performed in accordance with all regulatory policies and procedures. Her favorite part of the job remains interacting and building relationships with participants.
When not working, Aaryn enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog Ella. She is also a freelance writer, hobbyist photographer, globe trotter and practitioner of yoga. She cooks a mean chicken piccata and her oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are the stuff of office legend.
Ivy assists with the administering, organizing, and running various clinical trials. A non-traditional pre-med with a background in medical anthropology, Ivy graduated from Connecticut College in 2009. Since then, she worked with several organizations including the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, and the non-profit Care for the Homeless in New York City. Ivy also spent one year doing research as a Fulbright Scholar in Italy. Most recently, Ivy was a part of the clinical research team at the Department of Plastic Surgery and Reconstruction at Johns Hopkins University and she volunteered at a community clinic in Baltimore.
A San Diego native, Ivy has lived and worked in New London, New York, Boston, Baltimore, as well as Siena and Palermo, Italy, before finding her way back to the beaches of Encinitas. Although she gave running a shot, she prefers marathons of the movie variety and loves to cook pasta with her husband and go on long walks with their dog, Scout.
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Sahana helps oversee clinical trial projects and investigates the molecular biology associated with ALS. A 2013 graduate of the University of Michigan, she received a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology. She has worked in various non-profit organizations such as the National Coalition for the Homeless and the Women's Law Project. From 2013-2014, she worked as teacher in rural China under the program WorldTeach. Due to her deep passion to work with vulnerable populations, she has chosen to embark on the path to become a physician. She most recently completed a premedical post-baccalaureate program at Bryn Mawr College, while also volunteering at a harm reduction center for drug users.
A travel enthusiast, Sahana has visited 18 different countries and hopes to expand that list. She is also a hip hop dancer and yoga instructor. Her love for the ocean brought her to the beautiful region of San Diego.