Department of Pediatrics Research Council 

The Pediatrics Research Council contributes to the mission of the department by providing guidance to the Vice Chair for Research, managing intramural and bridge research funding, being involved in new faculty hires, and assisting with identifying research mentors. The PRC plays an essential role in departmental affairs relating to research.

Research Council Members

Melena Bellin, MD
Associate Professor, Endocrinology

Sarah Cusick, PhD
Assistant Professor, Global Pediatrics

Marla Eisenberg, ScD, MPH
Associate Professor, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health

Gwenyth Fischer, MD
Assistant Professor, Critical Care

Michael Georgieff, MD
Professor, Neonatology

Timothy Hallstrom, PhD
Associate Professor, Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Aaron Kelly, PhD
Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Clinical Research

Sara Ramel, MD 
Associate Professor, Neonatology

Beau Webber, PhD
Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology

Priya Verghese, MD
Associate Professor, Nephrology

Research Council Staff

Research Council Staff

Amanda Galster, MPH, CCRP
Clinical Research Program Director, Children's Health

Emily Kukacka
Administrative Associate

Lezlie Nordquist
Senior Finance Manager

Lori Wallin
Director, Research Support Services

Suzanne Blodgett
Finance Professional 

Vice Chair for Research

Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, PhD 

Dr. Angela Panoskaltsis MortariDr. Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari is Professor and Vice Chair-Research in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Blood & Marrow Transplantation, and Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep at the University of Minnesota. Her goal is to realize the potential of regenerative medicine by converging the fields of stem cell biology, mechanical & biomedical engineering, biomaterials, physiology and surgery to bioengineer autologous tissues/organs for transplant.

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