People

Neeta Thakur, MD

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Medicine

Dr. Neeta Thakur is a pulmonary and critical care physician at UCSF who examines the role of social and environmental stressors on asthma and COPD in vulnerable populations. Better definitions of the mechanism of how social and environmental stressors impact asthma and COPD will allow for the development of targeted interventions and therapies to improve related outcomes in vulnerable populations. Dr. Thakur completed a dual degree program in public health and medicine at the University of Arizona focused on community health and program development and evaluation.

Aaron Baugh, MD

Clinical Fellow
Medicine

Rosemarie De La Rosa, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Medicine

Dr. de la Rosa is an Environmental Health Scientist with expertise in environmental toxicology and molecular epidemiology, who is passionate about social determinants of health and environmental justice. Her long-term research goal is to understand how the social environment and context during early and middle childhood "gets under the skin” and influences susceptibility to the toxic effects of chemical exposures in low-income communities of color over the life course. As a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, she is working with Dr.

Joanna Guan

Assistant CRC
Ctr for Health & Community

Joanna Guan is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Collaborative Approach to Examining Adversity and Building Resilience (CARE) Program. She’s been with UCSF since graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara coordinating various studies examining how stress ‘gets under the skin.’ Joanna’s research interests surround the biobehavioral pathways linking early life adversity to mental and physical health outcomes.

Marina Schechter, BA

CRC
Medicine

Marina is a Clinical Research Coordinator whose primary goal is to support the CLEAR Lab's REACH, CARE ACES, and COVID-19 studies. A DC native, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Societies. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, reading fiction, and finding great food spots with friends and family.

Leslie Seijo, MD

Clinical Fellow
Medicine

Dr. Leslie Seijo is a pulmonary critical care fellow at UCSF. She completed her residency in internal medicine from Mount Sinai Beth Israel and later became Chief Resident at the same institution. Dr. Seijo is interested in health disparities research, using implementations science methods to address gaps in care for vulnerable patients with end-stage lung disease and lung transplant. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, and spending time with her husband and dogs.

Sean Thavyxay, BS

Administrative Analyst
Medicine

Sean Thavyxay is an Administrative Analyst whose primary goal is providing administrative support and assistance for our CARE ACES, REACH and PEARLS studies, along with the Tuberculosis Research Program. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and previously worked as a student assistant at the UC Davis ORSP. Outside of the work environment, his interests involve playing, watching, and occasionally coaching soccer and spending time with his close friends, family, and cat.

Morgan Ye, MPH

Research Data Analyst
Medicine

Morgan Ye is a Research Data Analyst. She conducts statistical analysis and data management for all Clear Lab research projects. She received a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics. 

Dave Zablotny

Staff Research Associate
Medicine

My goal is to manage, store and analyze clinical samples consistently to provide high-quality material and data for our PEARLS and REACH studies. I'm a hands-on person who loves to tinker (I was an automotive technician for many years), and I enjoy working in the lab and doing my part to move our research group's goals forward. I have an Associate of Science degree in Biotechnology from City College of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of San Francisco.