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Contacts for the AHN Research Institute

Keith Lejeune

Senior Vice President,
Research and Innovation
(412) 330-2413

Marla Harris

Director, Research Administration
(412) 330-2412

Amy Cupps

Director, Preclinical Facilities
(412) 359-6088

Kyle Bird

Director, Research Operations
(412) 359-4286

Lori Hassett

Manager, Office of Sponsored Research
(412) 330-6110

Dawnmarie DeFazio, CHRC, CIP

Director, Clinical Research and
Regulatory Affairs
(412) 330-6192

Contacts by Institute

Cancer Institute

Melissa Tian

Administrative Director, Oncology
(412) 359-3748

Cardiovascular Institute

Heather McDonald, BS, CCRC

Administrative Director, Research,
Cardiovascular Institute (CVI)
(412) 359-3660

Cellular Therapeutics Institute 

Patrick Hnidka

Administrative Supervisor,
Institute for Cellular Therapeutics
(412) 359-6988

Center for Biofilms Research

Rachael Kreft

Research Scientist
(412) 359-4513

Esophageal and Lung Institute

Meredith Schwarz RN, MSN

Clinical Research Manager
(412) 578-1035

Medicine Institute

Linda Santelices

Administrative Director, AAAI
(412) 578-5676

Neuroscience Institute

Boyle Cheng

Assistant Professor
(412) 359-4020

Orthopaedic Institute

Shelly Evans

Administrative Director
(412) 359-8693

Surgery Institute

Shelly Evans

Administrative Director
(412) 359-8693

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