Clinical Trials Office (CTO) Staff
Soheil Jadali (Director) is responsible for leading USC’s Clinical Trials Office. Prior to joining USC, Soheil served as a Principal Contracts and Grants Officer at UC Irvine, managing a group of contracting professionals supporting clinical trial agreements from pharmaceutical and other industry sponsors. He has extensive knowledge in contracting and budgeting clinical trials, along with the FDA and PHS requirements regarding protection of human subjects in clinical studies. Soheil has been a leader and innovator at UCI improving communication and timeliness with the initiation and management of clinical trials.
Denise Deack, joins the Clinical Trials Office team as a Budget Specialist responsible for the development and negotiations of industry sponsored budgets. She was a member of the USC CRO team and has served the University of Southern California for more than 20 years. She brings to the team, extensive experience in negotiating the terms and conditions of agreements as well as developing and negotiating industry budgets. She also brings experience in the development of non-industry budgets. Denise has made major contributions to the clinical trials workflow and communication process through her efforts in the development and improvement of the TRUE2 system.
Bobby Gatson, joins the Clinical Trials Office as a Budget Specialist responsible for developing the clinical trial budget from the Medicare Coverage Analysis and negotiating the final budget with the trial sponsor. Bobby was part of the USC CRO team and its antecedent, HRA. In his 5+ years at USC CRO, he has executed more than 350 industry contracts and amendments including negotiating their respective budgets. He has established good working relationships with staff conducting clinical trials at USC and with industry sponsor’s and their budgeting staff. Prior to his time here, Bobby was a Project Coordinator for many years. He is very proud of having successfully coordinated numerous, non-industry and industry funded Infectious Disease research projects. He brings that same passion to negotiating budgets that meet the clinical trial costs and that comport with USC policies or requirements.
Sara Katrdzhyan, joins the Clinical Trials Office as a Clinical Trials Negotiator responsible for negotiating terms and conditions of clinical trial agreements with private sponsors. Prior to joining the Clinical Trials Office, Sara was part of the USC CRO team as a Contract Manager responsible for negotiating clinical trial agreements as well as building and negotiating clinical trial budgets. During her time at USC CRO, Sara has successfully executed contracts for clinical trials and has built great working relationships with clinical research staff and principal investigators. She has extensive experience in managing and maintaining compliance of agreements not only through her time at USC CRO but through many years of employment as a Contract Compliance Manager, overseeing a group of compliance specialists at Healthways in Phoenix, AZ and several years of employment at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.
Allison Ramos, joins the Clinical Trials Office as a Senior Contracts Negotiator responsible for negotiating terms and conditions of clinical trial agreements and confidentiality agreements with private sponsors. Allison brings experience from her role as a Principal Contract and Grant Officer at UC Irvine reviewing and endorsing proposals as well as accepting and negotiating awards from various sponsors while managing a team of contracting officers. She has a wealth of experience in the university setting and has fostered a strong working relationship between CROs/pharmaceutical companies and principal investigators conducting clinical trials in an academic environment.
William P. Segarra, MA, JD, MPH is responsible for negotiating contract terms for industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical trials on behalf of USC’s Clinical Trials Office. William has over 10 years of experience as a contract manager responsible for negotiating all forms of agreements for industry-supported research activities, though focusing primarily on clinical trial agreements, as well as developing and negotiating clinical trial budgets on behalf of several major academic research centers. In addition, William has over 3 years of experience negotiating clinical trial agreements and budgets on behalf of pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Through academic and professional training, William also specializes in research compliance with a particular focus on research subject protection issues.
Teresa Trejo, joins the Clinical Trials Office as a Clinical Trials Specialist responsible for developing and negotiating industry sponsored clinical trial budgets. Prior to joining the Clinical Trials Office, Teresa was part of the USC CRO team managing all pre-award activities for industry clinical trials and acting as a University representative in budget negotiations. Through her eleven years at USC CRO, Teresa has become a knowledgeable and experienced budget negotiator and developer in clinical trial management. She has also successfully built great working relationships with sponsoring companies, clinical research staff and principal investigators.
Maureen Uhlir, RN, MBA, CPC, joins the Clinical Trials Office as an administrator focusing on Medicare Coverage Analyses (MCAs) for both industry-sponsored and non-industry sponsored clinical trials. She brings to the CTO team knowledge from her previous clinical, as well as health care management, work. As a registered nurse, she has a diverse background in clinical specialties and settings. She has extensive experience with health care compliance, as well as medical billing and coding, and is certified by AAPC as a professional coder. Most recently, Maureen was a member of the USC CRO team responsible for developing MCAs across all specialties. She has developed open and effective communication channels with all members of the clinical research effort at USC, including investigators, study coordinators and sponsors, as well as other pre and post award administrators.