Research Team

Veronica Lopez, BS

Clinical Trials Coordinator. Ms. Lopez graduated from UCSD with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Psychology and is currently completing a Master's degree in Clinical Research at UCSD. She has been with USCD for 10 years, in the areas of research and health care. Ms. Lopez is bilingual in Spanish and English and enjoys working with multicultural communities.

Robin Ellam, BA

Clinical Trails Coordinator. Ms. Ellam started her career at UCSD as an undergraduate student volunteer in 2006 in the department of Psychology and Psychiatry. Prior to joining the Movement Disorder Center team, she was a research coordinator at the San Diego Department of Veteran Affairs for 3 1/2 years, working closely with many members of the UCSD team. Her experience focuses on neuropsychology of Parkinson's Disease and other movement and dementia disorders. 

Salma Debar, RAC, PMP

Clinical Trials Regulatory Research Associate. Salma Debar earned her bachelors in Human Genetics from the University of Nottingham followed by a masters in Biochemical Engineering from University College London. She has 7 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, both in the lab and as a clinical/regulatory project coordinator. Ms. Debar is trilingual in French, Arabic and English and her interest include swimming, baking and traveling.

      Patricia Torres, CRC

With over 17 years of experience in multiple areas of clinical Research to which began here in San Diego working in Central Nervous System research. She then relocated to Las Vegas and dedicated herself to research for Diabetes Type I both adult and pediatric having a personal dedication. Her experience also   includes Research for Diabetes Type II as well as several     Cardiovascular Trials. Mrs. Torres is bilingual in Spanish and   English. 

Edgar Paéz Bojórquez, MSc 

Clinical Research Specialist. Edgar graduated from UCSD with a double major in Cognitive Science and Economics. He then graduated from National University with a Masters of Science in Complementary and Integrative Health. Furthermore, he attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and became a Certified Massage Therapist. Edgar is also a Reiki and QiGong master. He has over seven years of experience in clinical Research in the areas of HIV, Cancer, and Behavior Psychology. He has a personal passion for Neuroscience research and clinical care. In his spare time he enjoys physical fitness, yoga, attending music events, exploring natural land sights, and practicing mindfulness meditation. Edgar is bilingual and fluent in the Spanish language.

Cris Lam, BA

Clinical Trials Coordinator. Cris graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor's degree in psychology. In her years of research, Cris has trained in fMR imaging, psychometry, interviewing, and regulatory submissions. During this time, she has worked in multi-disciplinary studies and collaborated with several institutions and organizations, including UCSD, the VA, Rady Children's, Washington University, UCI, and CHOC Children's. Previous research projects included studying absolute pitch, substance abuse, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, depression, and dementia. When not at the office, Cris thoroughly enjoys archery, playing board games, and have a healthy appreciation of Star Wars.