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Anesthesia Clinical Research Unit

Research Director

Izabela Gasior, RN, BSN, MS

Izabela graduated from Boston College with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. In her nursing role at Children's Hospital she worked on a medical ward and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. While working in CICU, Izabela went back to Boston College to pursue a Master’s of Science in Administration. Shortly after graduation, she managed the outpatient clinic at Boston Children's Hospital. Currently Izabela is responsible for directing the clinical research team. With an RN, BSN, and MS, Izabela is uniquely equipped to manage the inherent challenges of developing and guiding an ever-expanding research unit.


Vanessa Young, RN, BA 

Vanessa joined the research team in February 2009 from Tuscon, Arizona where she was the assistant nurse manager of a 30-bed level 3 NICU in a magnet hospital. Prior to relocating to the US in 2006 she worked in the UK on the NICU at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne for over 10 years. Relying on her extensive nursing experience, Vanessa will continue supporting new and existing clinical research protocols in the anesthesia department through recruiting, consenting, and working with study subjects, as well as providing data collection.

Vanessa has a B.A. in Nursing from Northumbria University in the U.K and is currently studying for her MSc in Clinical Trials through the University of London International Program

Justine Bode, RN, BSN, MS 

Justine started as a research nurse in the anesthesia unit in November, 2010. She graduated from the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in May 2010 with a MS, BSN. Justine worked in pediatric research at the Joslin Diabetes Center as a research coordinator from 2004 to 2007 and worked as a nurse at Greater Lowell Pediatrics spring of 2010. Justine will be working on various research studies in the anesthesia department. She will recruit and consent patients as well as collect data and provide support to study patients and families.

Christine Dube, RN, BS, MS 

Christine joined the ACRU team in August 2011. She obtained her BS in biochemistry at Simmons College where she was a member of the crew team. She subsequently performed research in both the Department of Neurosurgery at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Department of Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She completed her graduate school studies with honors from Northeastern University and received both an RN and MS degree with a focus in epidemiology, research and health policy. During this time she completed an internship at Partners Harvard Medical International where she participated in several multidisciplinary projects aimed at designing nursing and medical schools in Pakistan and India. She has also volunteered as a nurse in the Dominican Republic to provide healthcare to rural and medically underserved children and adults.

Research Coordinators

Michelle Chung, MPH 

Michelle joined the research team in April 2011 as an anesthesia research study coordinator. She will be involved in supporting PI’s with clinical research by overseeing and managing details of multiple research studies. She received her MPH in Epidemiology and Maternal Child Health from Boston University School of Public Health and her BS in Public Health and BA in Sociology from the University of Washington. Prior to working at Children’s, Michelle served as a Youth Risk Behavior Survey Coordinator at Boston Public Schools. She aspires to pursue a DrPH in the future to further her knowledge in practicing public health.

Jessica Solari, BA 

Jessica joined the research team in May 2011 as an anesthesia research study coordinator. She oversees the IRB submission process and protocol management to ensure IRB, FDA, NIH and sponsor protocol compliance. Jessica also coordinates scientific reviews for the Anesthesia department and assists PIs with retrospective chart reviews. 

Jessica graduated from the University of Rochester in August 2010, receiving her BA in Health and Society (Public Health). Prior to joining the research team at Children’s, she worked as a medical transcriptionist, as well as a research assistant for an infant feeding study at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Jessica is currently attending Regis College's Masters nursing program.

Rachel Dabek, BA

Rachel joined the research team in July 2010 as a research data coordinator through the Program for Patient Safety and Quality and as of March 2012, took on the role of an anesthesia research study coordinator.  She will be involved in supporting principal investigators with clinical research by overseeing and managing details of multiple studies within the Anesthesia department.  Rachel received her B.A in biopsychology from Emmanuel College.  Prior to working at Children’s, Rachel served on the Boston Emergency Service Team through BayCove Human Services, Inc. and the Boston Medical Center as an Outreach Support Worker.  She aspires to pursue a MA in physical therapy and nonprofit management in the near future.

Data Coordinators

JoAnn Holloway, BA 

JoAnn joined the anesthesia team in June of 2011 as a research data coordinator. She is also under the PPSQ and will help maintain the databases for the anesthesia protocols, particularly the Wake Up Safe registry. JoAnn previously worked as an Income Maintenance Caseworker in Grenville, North Carolina before moving to Boston. She graduated from the Mount Olive College with a degree in Healthcare Management and recently received a certificate in ICD-9 and CPT coding. She plans to pursue a Masters in Public Health.

Catherine Ok, BA 

Catherine joined the research team in June 2012 as a research data coordinator through the Program for Patient Safety and Quality. She will be maintaining the databases for anesthesia protocols, especially the PRAN and CSANDS registry. She graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Psychology.


David Zurakowski, PhD 

David Zurakowski, PhD is Director of Biostatistics for the Departments of Anesthesia and Surgery. He collaborates with investigators on research studies and provides leadership on clinical trial design and analysis. David's areas of expertise include survival analysis, multivariable logistic regression, probability and measure theory, and development of clinical algorithms. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed articles, including predictive biomarkers in cancer research and techniques for pharmacokinetic modeling. David is Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and serves as Biostatistical Mentor for students at HMS and HSPH.

Victor Johnson, MA

Victor Johnson joined the research team in October 2010 as a Biostatistician working for the Department of Anesthesia. He collaborates with clinicians in helping them plan, organize, and analyze their research. Victor’s areas of expertise are randomization algorithms, time-to-event analysis, mixed effect modeling, and logistic regression. Victor earned his B.S. in Statistics from The Pennsylvania State University and M.A. in Biostatistics from Boston University.

Financial Support

Jonathan Pasquale

Jonathan started in the department in May of 2008 as a Staff Accountant and was "thrown into" grant work within six months of his arrival. Jonathan has been supporting several researchers and is developing a set of standard procedures and internal reports to better inform both the investigators and management. He has a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Boston University.Jonathan will be working to support the pre award budget development and application submission and the post award expense tracking and reporting. In addition to his research support roles, he will be supporting all aspects of the Anesthesia Foundation's financial and accounting needs along with Viji Bhaskar, Manager of Financial Reporting and Arleen Fallon, Director of Finance.

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