Additional Staff

Hallie Baugher

Clinical Research Coordinator

Hallie has worked at NCH since June 2016 after graduating from The Ohio State University with a bachelor of science in Biology and Human Development. Hallie has had an interest in clinical research since she began doing research in the Emergency Department at NCH as an undergraduate student. Hallie plans on going back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner and eventually travel with Seed Global Health to underprivileged areas delivering medical care. In her free time, Hallie enjoys leading worship with Rock City Church, volunteering at the Columbus Dream Center, staying active and exploring all that Columbus has to offer!

Helen Carey, PT, DHSc, PCS

Helen is a member of the Maitre Lab. Dr. Carey is a pediatric physical therapist with a diverse background in clinical practice, education, and research. Her roles in the Maitre Lab are broad and include treatment fidelity and outcome measurement. She contributes expertise in translation of science to practice as well as motor rehabilitation and outcomes.

Ellie Gardner

Clinical Research Coordinator

Ellie has worked at NCH for a little over two years and loves it! In addition to working full time in perinatal research, Ellie is also a full time student earning her BS in Psychology. She plans to go on to further studies after graduation with the goal to work in pediatric and adolescent psychology focusing on sexual abuse victims and human trafficking victims, as well as those at high risk. In her free time, Ellie enjoys art, dance, and nature.

Manel Guessas

Research Assistant

Manel is a member of the Buhimschi Lab. She recently graduated from The Ohio State University in May 2016. She is a native of Hilliard, Ohio. Wanting to attend medical school, Manel will work as a research assistant during her time off to gain knowledge and insight in research,

Ellyn Hamm, MM, MT-BC

NICU Music Therapist

Ellyn is a NICU music therapist and published researcher in the Department of Neonatology in research in the Maitre Lab. Her research studies focus on the neurodevelopment of preterm infants and how the use of music-and language-based rehabilitative interventions can best aid in their development. She has extensive training in NICU Music Therapy techniques and interventions, and is a leading expert in the clinical use of the PAL (Pacifier Activated Lullaby) with mother’s voice, focusing on infants with severe white matter injury.

Cynthia Hill, BA, ALAT

Research Associate (Reynolds Lab)

I graduated from Capital University in 2005 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology and Psychology and just celebrated my tenth year with The Research Institute in 2016. I work for Dr. Susan Reynolds, whose main research focus involves elucidating the mechanisms involved in lung epithelial tissue repair. Our goals include the eventual use of human tissue stem cell therapy to treat Cystic Fibrosis and other forms of chronic lung disease.

Yi Jin

Research Scientist (Nelin Lab)

Yi has been working in Dr. Nelin's lab for more than ten years. The long-term goal of our lab is to develop therapies for pulmonary hypertension and inflammatory lung diseases through regulation of arginine metabolism.

Joyce Kuehner (Taggart)

Lead Administrative Assistant

I have been the Lead Administrative Assistant in the Center for Perinatal Research for about four years. I was with Neonatology at Nationwide Children's Hospital for two years as an administrative assistant. I am a retiree of Aetna health insurance after 22 years. I am the point of contact for our center and assistant to our director, Irina Buhimschi, MD. It is great to come to a job I love and people I like working with.

Dennis Lewandoski

Research Writer/Editor (Buhimschi Lab)

Dennis works in the Buhimschi Lab with formal training as a plant pathologist (molecular virologist) which led to a research position at the University of Florida studying virus replication and gene expression, and developing virus-based transient expression vectors. An opportunity to return home to Ohio led to a faculty appointment at The Ohio State University. A desire to refocus my career on scientific writing, grant proposal development, and improving writing skills of junior colleagues led to his current position.

Yanchun Liu

Senior Research Scientist

Yanchun works for Dr. Gail Besner’s Lab. He is a plastic surgeon and now has been working with tissue engineered intestine projects. The goal is to use patient’s own intestinal stem cells to grow intestine to treat patients with short bowel syndrome.

Megan Locke

Research Assistant (Buhimschi Lab)

Megan is a member of the Buhimschi Lab. She graduated from Otterbein University in May 2016. Her hometown is Avon, Indiana, but ever since attending Otterbein and continuing to work at Nationwide Children’s, she has been living here in Ohio. She is attending medical school at Marian University, College of Osteopathic Medicine starting fall of 2017, back in her home state of Indiana.

Angela Lyons

Administrative Assistant III

Angela is assistant to Gail Besner, MD and has been employed with Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 2008 and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. She is the mother of three beautiful grown children, and grandmother of three adorable grandchildren. She is also a full-time student pursuing a degree in Psychology.

Rebecca Moore, RN

Clinical Research Coordinator (Jadcherla Lab)

Rebecca Moore is part of the Innovative Feeding Disorders Research Program in the Jadcherla Lab in the Center for Perinatal Research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Mary Ann Nelin, MD, FAAP

Staff Physician, Division of Ambulatory Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University (Maitre Lab)

Dr. Nelin is a general pediatrician that spent 9.5 years in the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic following those infants at high risk for neurodevelopmental delay. She is a member of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and has been involved in committee work through the Academy. Currently she serves as the chair of the Membership Committee for the annual term from the fall of 2016-2017. She is certified by the General Movements Trust (GM Trust) for the Basic Training Course on "Prechtl's Method on the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements"-8/2015. She also serves as a neurological examiner for the NICHD NRN Follow-up Study and in particular sees those babies that have been previously lost to follow-up. Her main work is as a part of Dr. Maitre's team where she primarily performs the Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination on children who are in Dr. Maitre's Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Study. She has also been certified to perform the fine and gross motor portions of the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, Edition 3 for children in the study.

Vickie Nicholas

Administrative Assistant II

Vickie has worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in The Research Institute for six years, with the last four being in the Center for Perinatal Research. She graduated from Wright State University with an English degree with concentrations in Journalism and Music. Her primary focus is supporting the great efforts of the Neonatal studies group. This includes Dr. Mark Klebanoff and Dr. Pablo Sanchez, along with the OPRN Clinical Research team. A life-long Buckeye, Vickie has called Columbus home for the past 30 years. She enjoys traveling, reading, singing, and connecting across time zones with her adult daughters.

Olson Jacob, MD

Research Fellow (Besner Lab)

I am a general surgery resident from Loma Linda, California, and am currently doing a research fellowship in the lab of Dr. Gail Besner. I am researching a novel method of administering probiotics in their biofilm state for the prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis.

Rhonda Purcell

Administrative Assistant II

Rhonda is an administrative assistant in the Center for Perinatal Research with more than 30 years of experience in the medical field. She provides support assisting principal investigators and their lab staff. Rhonda loves anything to do with dogs and reading.

Brian Rivera

Research Associate (Backes Lab)

I am formally trained as a Biomedical Engineer, and have worked in the biomedical research field since graduating from college. Prior to this position at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, I worked at The Ohio State University Medical Center in the Departments of Ophthalmology, Pathology, and at the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute. Currently, we are working on a number of projects dealing with very and extremely premature infants in the hopes of having better outcomes for this vulnerable population.

K.C. Rosburg, MD, FAAP

(Nelin Lab)

KC is a neonatology fellow working in Dr. Leif Nelin’s lab on a research project involving Src family tyrosine kinases and the interaction with apoptosis in acute inflammatory lung injury. While originally from Illinois, he spent most of his time growing up in phoenix, Arizona. KC received his medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ and did his pediatric residency at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital (SLU) in St. Louis, MO. He is an avid reader and loves watching movies but also loves to discover new restaurants and places in Columbus, when not busy in lab or the NICU.

Hevil Shah, MD, MPH

Hevil works with the Neonatal and Infant Feeding Disorders Program. He is a neonatology fellow working with Dr. Sudarshan Jadcherla and his team to further evaluate dysphagia and motility disorders in our NICU babies. Hevil received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and did his pediatric residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. If he is not saving lives in the NICU or in the lab, his wife and he are exploring what Columbus has to offer.

Hemang Shrivastava, PhD

Research Scientist (Maitre Lab)

I have done a doctorate in electrical engineering with an emphasis on digital sign processing, primarily working with human EEG, which is the electrical activity occurring inside a human brain. At the Maitre Lab, I am currently working on a project demonstrating somatosensory and resting state functional connectivity differences between term and preterm infants using Coherence EEG analysis.

Taryn LS Summerfield, MS

Taryn works under the Buhimschi Lab. Her specialties in the lab are Cell Culture and qPCR. When not doing research in the lab, I am at home enjoying my cool husband, four awesome kids and a playful dog!

Yijie Wang

Chief Research Associate
Laboratory Animal Coordinator

Yijie works for Dr. Gail Besner’s Lab. She performs research experiments focusing on necrotizing enterocolitis and tissue engineered intestine. Yijie also maintains laboratory animal colonies and supports the laboratory daily operations.

Jianjing Xue (Shelly)

Research Scientist (Chen Lab)

Jianjing Xue works in the Chen Lab. Her work direction is Adenylate Cyclase-cAMP-Phosphodiesterase 3 pathway its role in persistent pulmonary hypertension of the new born (PPHN).

Lisa Guomao Zhao

Research Program Manager (Buhimschi Lab)

Lisa strives to help everyone to have access and time doing bench work so their research projects move forward to obtain data and results. In her spare time she is involved in church activities which include Chinese opera and Chinese dancing. Another love of hers is cooking, and a good cook equates a good lab.