Neonatal Clinical Research Team (NCRT)

The division Neonatal Clinical Research Team is comprised of top neonatal physicians, respiratory therapists, nurses, and research coordinators. The NCRT primary research sites include level II, III, and IV Neonatal Intensive Care Units within  San Diego County and collaborates with many leading healthcare institutions and clinics.   ​

The scope of our neonatal research and development includes a range of topics including human milk nutrition, point-of-care ultrasound, lung development, microbiome analysis, and exploratory metabolite and genomic analysis. Our Core NCRT consists of three research coordinators and two research nurses.

Many of our division faculty are long standing contributors in diverse areas of neonatal research that has impacted advances in neonatal medicine, nutrition, and the estabilishment of new and/or improved practices in NICUs across the nation and international​ly. ​​​

NCRT Mission

Our mission is to develop the most efficient and impactful clinical research team to generate knowledge that will improve the health outcome and quality of life of sick and premature newborns.​


NCRT Goals​​
​1) Provide medical leadership over the clinical research team to prioritize their activities on an             ongoing basis.
2) Support and address the clinical and translational research needs of the UCSD - Rady faculty in     order to facilitate and optimize their academic productivity.
3) Create and introduce new clinical research opportunities for growth and networking locally within     ​​the San Diego County, nationally and internationally.​​


Core Research Team​

Mallory Boutin, MPH - Research Coordinator

Renee Bridge, RN - Research Nurse

Ellen Knodel, RCP - Research Coordinator

Lisa Lepis, RN – Research Nurse 

Kimberly Thomas, MS - Research Coordinator