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.
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.
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.
Evelyn Alvarez, Marketing Manager – Panorama City
Evelyn leads patient recruitment for the Westlake and Panorama City sites. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Intensive Psychology and is currently obtaining her Master of Science in Applied Psychology from the University of Southern California, focusing in Marketing and Organizational Psychology. She uses both her educational and professional experience to strategize for the success of the patient recruitment teams through creative recruitment strategies.
Marilou Dichoso, Neuroscience Study and Recruitment Specialist – Panorama City
Marilou has more than 15 years of experience as a clinical researcher in Phase I to IV pharmaceutical research studies. Her areas of expertise include study management, patient recruitment, execution of research protocols at an investigator’s level, and data collection. Areas of therapeutic experience include CNS (Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Social Phobia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, ADHD), Primary Insomnia, Healthy Volunteers, Migraine, Diabetes, Hypertension, and Hypercholesterolemia. Marilou holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Santo Tomas, where she also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
Susy Munoz, Patient Recruitment Director, Huntington Park
Susy has more than 10 years of experience in patient recruitment, engagement and retention. Areas of therapeutic experience include, Diabetes, Hypertension, and Hypercholesterolemia and Women’s Health. Susy was awarded a Master of Arts Organizational Psychology degree from Alliant International University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
Claudine Soriano, Business Operations Director
Claudine started in the Clinical Research industry in 2006, working with multiple sites, CROs, and non-profits in the areas of pre- and post-award Finance and Business Operations. Her current role provides cross-functional leadership supporting Clinical Operations, ensuring that trials are completed in an efficient and timely manner for all parties involved. Claudine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge.