Leadership

Program Co-Directors

Willard H. Dere, MD, FACP

Dr. Dere has extensive experience in clinical research during his 25 year stint in the biopharmaceutical industry.  The experience was complemented by substantive regulatory and drug safety experience during that time. At the University of Utah, Dr. Dere serves as the Executive Director of the Program in Personalized Health and Co-Director of the U... Read More

Email: willard.dere@hsc.utah.edu

Rachel Hess, MD, MS

Specialties: Internal Medicine, General

Email: rachel.hess@hsc.utah.edu

Program Associate Directors

Julio C. Facelli, PhD

Dr. Facelli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and attended the University of Buenos Aires where he got his Ph.D in physics in 1982. In 1993 he did post-doctoral research at the University of Arizona and the following year he joined the University of Utah. At the University of Utah he was the Director of the Center for High Performance Computing f... Read More

Research Interests: Crystal Structure Prediction (CSP) of Pharmaceutical Drugs, Data Mining in Biomedical Informatics, Distributed Information Systems for Clinical and Translational Research, Informatics of Nanoscale Drug Delivery Systems for Cancer Treatment, Protein Structure Prediction in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Specialties: Biomedical Informatics

Email: julio.facelli@utah.edu

Michael W. Varner, MD

​Michael W. Varner, MD joined the Department in 1987 and currently serves as the HA and Edna Benning Endowed Presidential Professor and Vice-Chair for Research. His major interests lie in clinical trials and research administration. He developed and directs the Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Network, a consortium of over 50 research personnel w... Read More

Research Interests: Pregnancy, High-Risk

Specialties: Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Email: michael.varner@hsc.utah.edu

Mark A. Supiano, MD

Mark A. Supiano, MD, is a geriatrician in the University Hospital Geriatrics Clinic. As a geriatrician, his research interests pertain to the mechanisms that contribute to the age-related increase in blood pressure (hypertension) and disorders of blood pressure regulation (orthostatic or postural hypotension). His patient-oriented research progra... Read More

Specialties: Geriatrics

Email: mark.supiano@hsc.utah.edu

Wu Xu, PhD

Email: wxu@utah.gov

Ana María López, MD, MPH, FACP

Dr. Lopez is Director, Cancer Health Equity at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Lopez is a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program. Dr. Lopez has cared for patients with all types of cancer since 1996 and specializes in women’s canc... Read More

Specialties: Oncology

Email: anamaria.lopez@hsc.utah.edu

Foundation Directors

Clinical Trials Support

J. Robinson Singleton, MD

I am a neuromuscular specialist with expertise in clinical investigation of metabolic nerve and muscle disease. My research has focused on the relationship between early hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, obesity and length dependent nerve injury. Our research group established an epidemiological link between otherwise idiopathic sensory predominant neur... Read More

Specialties: EMG, General Neurology, Neurology, Neuromuscular Diseases

Email: rob.singleton@hsc.utah.edu

Population Health Research

Tom H. Greene, PhD

Email: tom.greene@hsc.utah.edu

Angela Presson, PhD, MS

Angela Presson is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Internal Medicine and in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care. She has a PhD from the UCLA department of statistics and a BS in biological sciences from Cornell University. Dr. Presson develops statistical models for clinical data and large-sca... Read More

Email: angela.presson@path.utah.edu

Precision Medicine

Matthew T. Rondina, MD, MS

Our research program focuses on platelet and megakaryocyte functions in infectious and inflammatory disorders where thrombosis is common.  The majority of our research, physically housed within the Molecular Medicine Program in the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, is NIH-funded and utilizes primary human cells and samples from patients as well a... Read More

Specialties: Thrombosis

Email: matthew.rondina@hsc.utah.edu

Workforce Development

Anthea Letsou, PhD

Email: anthea.letsou@genetics.utah.edu

Julie H. Shakib, DO, MPH

Dr. Julie H. Shakib received her undergraduate education and Master of Public Health degree at the University of Utah and her medical degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Health Sciences Center. During her pediatric residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, she was awarded an American Academy of Pediatrics Resident ... Read More

Research Interests: Immunization, Passive, Infant Welfare, Influenza Vaccine, Maternal and Child Health Public Health, Pertussis Vaccine

Specialties: General Pediatrics

Email: Julie.Shakib@hsc.utah.edu

Contact Us

Rebekah Hendon
Program Manager
Phone: 801-581-6736
Email: rebekah.hendon@utah.edu

Twitter: @CCTSUtah