Meet the Team

Carla Nester, MD
Associate Director
Carla Nishimura
Lab Manager
Jori Hendon
Accounts Receivable / Administrative Services Coordinator
Amy Weaver
Project Assistant / Administrative Services Coordinator
Hela Azaiez, PhD
Associate Research Scientist ( Hearing Research Team Lead)
Yuzhou Zhang, PhD
Senior Research Scientist (Functional Renal/ Renal Research Team Lead)
Nicolo Ghiringhelli Borsa
Research Specialist (Clinical Genetic Renal Team Lead)
Kathy Frees
Research Associate (Clinical Hearing Team Lead/ Safety Officer)
Yoichiro (Yoh) Iwasa, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Scholar (Hearing)
Ryotaro (Ryo) Omichi, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Scholar (Hearing)
Ann Black-Ziegelbein
Senior Application Developer (Hearing / Renal)
Renee Goodfellow
Research Associate (Clinical Functional Renal)
Monica Hall
Clinical Healthcare Research Associate (Renal)
Mike Jones
Research Associate (Clinical Genetic Renal)
Diana Kolbe, PhD
Associate Research Scientist/ Engineer (Hearing / Renal)
Robert Marini
Application Developer
Kristofer May
Research Assistant (Clinical Functional Renal)
Nic Meyer
Research Associate (Clinical Functional Renal)
Gabriella Pitcher
Research Assistant (Research Functional Renal)
Stephen Presti
Research Assistant (Clinical Functional Renal)
Sarah Roberts
Research Assistant (Clinical Functional Renal)
Amanda Schaefer, GC
Associate Genetic Counselor (Hearing)
Dingwu Shao
Research Assistant (Clinical Functional Renal)
Amanda Taylor
Research Assistant (Clinical Genetic Renal)
William (Daniel) Walls
Application Developer/ Bioinformaticist (Renal)
Donghong (Maggie) Wang
Research Assistant (Clinical Hearing)
Jill Hauer
Doctoral Candidate Researcher (Renal)
Jin-Young Koh
Doctoral Candidate Researcher (Hearing)
Bertha Martin
Doctoral Canditate Researcher (Renal)
Mallory Tollefson
Grad Student Researcher (Hearing)
Sofiya Pisarenka
Doctoral Candidate Researcher (Renal)
Monique Weaver
PhD Student (Hearing Research)
Tayo Akinbo
Laboratory Assistant (General)
Bailey Deppe
Laboratory Assistant (Hearing)
Hannah Dunlop
Laboratory Assistant (General)
Paige Harlan
Laboratory Assistant (Office)
Meagan Hartman
Laboratory Assistant (Renal)
Luke Hovey
Laboratory Assistant (Hearing)
Jonathon Kim
Laboratory Assistant (Renal)
Erika Renkes
Laboratory Assistant (Hearing)
Tucker Trefz
Laboratory Assistant (General)
Jenifer Valdez
Laboratory Assistant (Renal)