The UCLA Institute of Urologic Oncology (IUO) was established to offer urologic-cancer patients comprehensive care and early access to the most advanced treatments available. The IUO’s scientists and physicians develop new ideas to redefine treatment options and launch innovative clinical trials. The clinical research team includes faculty, clinical research nurses, laboratory staff, study coordinators, regulatory coordinators, and fund managers.
Nazy Zomorodian, RNC, MSN, CUNP, CCRC
IUO CTU Director
Director of the IUO Genitourinary Oncology Clinical Trials Unit and Adjunct Assistant Professor and Nurse Practitioner for the Department of Urology. Nazy Zomorodian received her BS and Masters of Science in Nursing from the Hahnermann University in Philadelphia. Currently working on her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at UCLA, Ms. Zomorodian is certified by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals as a Clinical Research Coordinator and is a certified Nurse Practitioner in both Urology and Oncology. She has extensive experience in managing and conducting cancer research and has worked closely with UCLA's urologic and medical oncology principal investigators in basic research for over 20 years. In addition, Ms. Zomorodian regularly instructs physicians, fellows, residents and nurses on all aspects of clinical trials for kidney, prostate and bladder cancers.
Margaret Bradley, CCRP
Clinical Trials Administrator
Ms. Bradley joined the UCLA Institute of Urologic Oncology (IUO) Clinical Trials Team in 2017. As the Clinical Trials Administrator, she supervises the team, oversees daily operations, and serves as a resource to patients, colleagues, and investigators for all matters related to clinical research. Prior to UCLA, Ms. Bradley managed research teams at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a small healthcare start-up in New York City. She holds a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) certification from the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA).
Senior Study Coordinator
Mr. Sachdeva joined the UCLA Institute of Urological Oncology in 2014 to help expand and continue to grow the clinical trials program. He is committed to conducting high-quality research and assisting the physicians in their care of the patients. Mr. Sachdeva has coordinated studies in a variety of medical specialties including medical oncology, radiation oncology, orthopedics and neurosurgery. Passion for patient care and quality research remain his primary focus.
Sara Rodriguez, MPH
Ms. Rodriguez joined the UCLA Institute of Urologic Oncology in 2017 as a Study Coordinator. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Master of Public Health from UCLA. She assists Principal Investigators and Sub-Investigators in the Institute with the management of prostate, bladder and kidney cancer research protocols.
Elizabeth “Eli” Tran
A clinical research coordinator with the UCLA Institute of Urologic Oncology, Ms. Elizabeth (Eli) Tran joined the team in the Summer of 2019, after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree at UCLA. She is currently assisting Dr. Leonard S. Marks’s prostate cancer research studies, which focus primarily on diagnosis, active surveillance, and treatment of low to intermediate risk prostate cancer.
Staff Research Associate – Lab Manager
Mr. Caliliw first joined UCLA in 1994, working in the multidisciplinary research laboratory of Dr. Arie Belldegrun. Mr. Caliliw works with several principal investigators, fellows, residents, medical students and undergrads on clinical, research lab and animal studies. In his lengthy career, Mr. Caliliw has addressed a broad range of responsibilities from lab equipment maintenance to running experiments. Most recently, he is working with the Institute’s Clinical Trials Unit. Mr. Caliliw is committed to ensuring that research labs are well maintained to conduct high-quality research and is an invaluable contributor to the research conducted. Mr. Caliliw has co-authored several scientific and medical papers related to prostate, bladder and kidney cancer in the effort to develop immunotherapy cancer vaccines.
Martín Corona De La Cruz
Mr. Corona De La Cruz joined the UCLA Institute of Urologic Oncology Clinical Trials Team in 2019. He assists Principal Investigators with overseeing their clinical trial accounts from inception to closure. This includes completing weekly research transaction reports, submitting extensions for designated funds, invoicing sponsors and ensuring that all necessary internal documents are completed and submitted. Prior to UCLA, Mr. Corona De La Cruz was a Benefits Specialist/Subject Matter Expert in Financial Offsets for Unum Insurance and also worked as a Student Assistant for Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He obtained a B.S. in Mathematics from Syracuse University in 2017.
If you are interested in joining a clinical trial or would like more information on our clinical trials, please contact Nazy Zomorodian at (310) 794-3550.