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Parkinson & Other Movement Disorders Center
Research Team

Movement Disorders Center Research Team


Our research team is responsible for coordinating clinical trials — in doing so they are the liaisons between our center and the community participating in clinical research.

Meet the Research Team


  • Ece Bayram, M.D., Ph.D.

    Ece Bayram, M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant Project Scientist

    Dr. Bayram obtained her medical degree and consequently her PhD in Neurosciences from Ankara University, Turkey. After one year research fellowship at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, with a focus on Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, she joined our team as a research fellow in 2019. In 2021, she transitioned to a project scientist position and she currently serves as a researcher in our team. Her research interests include sex differences and cognition in neurodegenerative diseases. She is also interested in teaching and expanding educational resources to non-English speaking patients and clinicians.

  • Ileana Rubio, B.A.

    Ileana Rubio, B.A.

    Research Manager

    Ileana Rubio is a graduate of UC San Diego and has worked for UC San Diego Health for most of her professional career. Ms. Rubio started in the Department of Medicine as a Registered Sleep Polysomnographer and then as a Clinical Research Supervisor in the Division of Pulmonary Vascular Medicine where she managed multiple clinical trials. In 2018, Ileana transitioned to the Department of Neuroscience - Parkinson and Other Movement Disorders Center as the Program's Research Manager.

  • Christina Addington, B.S.

    Christina Addington, B.S.

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Christina graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Developmental Biology. She began her career in research in 2007 at UC Irvine and has since been a study coordinator on over 45 Clinical Trials in the fields of neurology, psychiatry and rheumatology.

  • Aishwarya Niraula, B.S.

    Aishwarya Niraula, B.S.

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Aishwarya graduated from UC San Diego in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and minor in Engineering Mechanics. She began working at the Movement Disorders Center as a student in 2018 and has transitioned into a staff position after completing her undergradate studies.

  • Jenny Perales

    Jenny Perales

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Jenny Perales, she just started in September 2021. Jenny has been with UC San Diego for 21 years and started out at Perlman and Thornton lab as a lab assistant and bone marrow tech. She has been a research coordinator for 11 years and looks forward to many more.

  • Natt Putra, B.S.

    Natt Putra, B.S.

    Clinical Trials Regulatory Research Associate

    Natt is a graduate of UC San Diego with a BS in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. He started in pre- clinical animal studies research focusing on Alzheimer's Disease, then transitioned into coordinating trials in multiple therapeutic areas. He has also managed inpatient central nervous systems trials primarily concentrating in the areas of mental health. He joined the Parkinson & Other Movement Disorders Center in the Summer on 2019 as a Clinical Trials Regulatory Research Associate.

  • Michael Skipworth

    Michael Skipworth

    Clinical Trials Regulatory Research Associate 

    Michael graduated from UC San Diego in 2021 with a Bachelor's degree in Cognitive Psychology. He began research at Cerro Coso Community College as an institutional student research before transferring to UC San Diego and working at the Moores Cancer Center as a student. After completing his undergraduate studies, he has joined the Movement Disorders Center as a Research Associate.