SC CTSI Administration provides leadership, direction and support to SC CTSI core groups in areas of strategic and financial planning, development and integration of programs and services, internal and external communications, program evaluation, human resources, contracts and grants, and space and facilities management. The Administration team also serves as the liaison to SC CTSI stakeholders, including institutional leaders at USC and CHLA, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the National Institutes of Health, the national CTSA consortium, and community organizations throughout Los Angeles.


Thomas Buchanan Thomas Buchanan, MD SC CTSI Director/Principal Investigator Details
Michele Kipke Michele Kipke, PhD SC CTSI Co-Director/CE Director Details
Quinnie Le Quinnie Le, MBA Senior Director, Operations and Finance Details
Allison Orechwa Allison Zumberge Orechwa, PhD, MBA Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation; Interim Program Manager, Healthcare Delivery Science Details
Nicki Apaydin Nicki K. Apaydin, PhD Associate Director of Communications Details

Team Members

Megan Castiel Megan Castiel, BS Student Worker Details
Jennifer Romero Jennifer Romero Operations and Special Projects Manager Details
Wendy Rosero Wendy Rosero, MPA Financial Reporting/Projects Manager Details

Core Groups

Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Details
Central Administration Details
Clinical Research Informatics Details
Clinical Research Support Details
Communications Details
Community Engagement Details
Evaluation & Improvement Details
Healthcare Delivery Science Details
Regulatory Knowledge & Support Details
Research Development Details
Workforce Development Details

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.