Samira Moran, President and CEO

Samira is a dedicated executive with over 20 years of extensive experience and proven track record within the pharmaceutical Industry. Her accomplishments include key roles such as Chief Operating Officer and former positions in the areas of business development and strategic account leadership. In her current role as President and CEO, Samira is responsible for overall business and operational oversight at National Research Institute. In addition to her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas and Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology, she has training through the Dale Carnegie Leadership Program, a mini MBA certification through Bentley University and Harvard Business Management courses making her skills in leadership, communication and organization superior. Samira is published in many scientific journals including the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Biomarkers in Medicine.

Mark Leibowitz, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

Mark Leibowitz, M.D. is an experienced and skilled Investigator with approximately 25 years of research experience. Dr. Leibowitz has participated in an estimated 500 studies from Phase I-IV across a variety of different indications.

As part of his research portfolio, Dr. Leibowitz has conducted highly complex studies in healthy subjects and diverse patient populations including continuous cerebrospinal fluid studies, First in Human, Single and Multiple Ascending Dose studies, Ethnic bridging programs, QTc studies, as well as, serving as Principal Investigator for many adaptive trial designs. His experience includes leadership roles such as Medical Director for research sites located in California and Texas. In addition, he is currently a contributing member for a Data Safety Monitoring Board.

Juan Pablo Frias, M.D., Medical Director

Dr. Frias, a native of Chile, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. After serving 5 years as a General Medical Officer in the US Navy, he completed his training in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee, and his Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Frías has held leadership positions in Clinical and Medical Affairs at Eli Lilly, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson, where he served as Chief Medical Officer and Global Vice President of Clinical and Medical Affairs, Diabetes Care. Dr. Frías has held academic positions at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, where he is currently on the clinical faculty. He is also active in the non-profit organization Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), where he lectures at the organization’s Latino Initiative patient conferences and provides continuing medical education for healthcare providers. Dr. Frías has been involved in diabetes and metabolism-related research for over 15 years and has authored numerous publications in this field.

Mike Delgado, Site Director, Westlake

Mike is a highly qualified Clinical Research professional with over 12 years of experience in the research field. His experience ranges from study coordination to site management across all phases of research. Mike has worked across a spectrum of indications including Metabolic Disease, Women’s Health, CNS and many other therapeutic areas. His current position as Site Director includes a hands-on approach to study coordination, staff mentorship, leadership and training. He is a certified Medical Assistant.

Rosa Bonilla, Site Director, Huntington Park

Rosa is a seasoned leader having more than 20 years of clinical research experience with National Research Institute. Rosa has served many different roles at National Research Institute including as a Clinical Research Coordinator, Project Manager and now as the Site Director at National Research Institute’s Huntington Park location. She is a certified Research Coordinator with an extensive list of certifications including GCP, FDA guidelines, CDUs in Diabetes, as well as, EDC certifications across multiple systems.

Modesto Carrillo, Site Director, Panorama City

Modesto received a degree in Fire Science. In addition, he is a trained Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with over 9 years of experience in the medical field. Modesto’s knowledge as an EMT broadened his vision and helped launch his career in research. As Site Director, Modesto is dedicated to operational excellence and staff development through strategic mentoring. He is a warm, compassionate and highly motivated leader supporting his staff in the conduction of research studies across multiple therapeutic indications.

Minie Mercado, LVN, Site Director, Santa Ana

NRI welcomes Minie Mercado, LVN, a highly seasoned research professional. She has conducted studies from Phase 1-4 for the past 25 years. Some of her experience expands CNS, Metabolic and Liver Disease. Prior to NRI, she was head of NASH research with a local Hepatology center. We are very excited to have her join our NRI team and help us launch our Santa Ana site.

Evelyn Alvarez, MS, Employee & Public Relations

Evelyn leads both employee and public relations at National Research Institute. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Intensive Psychology and holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Southern California with concentrations in Consumer and Organizational Psychology. Part of her dual role at NRI includes managing employee development and mentoring, keeping up with laws and regulations, and supporting employee best practices. She also focuses in increasing awareness and understanding of NRI’s vision, mission, and accomplishments.

Susy Munoz, Patient Recruitment Director

Susy has more than 10 years of experience in patient recruitment, engagement, and retention. Areas of therapeutic experience include, Diabetes, Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, NAFLD/NASH, Women’s Health, and others. Susy was awarded a Master of Arts Organizational Psychology degree from Alliant International University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She uses both her educational and professional experience to strategize for the success of the patient recruitment teams through creative recruitment strategies for all NRI sites.