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Haoqian Chen, PhD

Associate Director of Research and Operations

About Haoqian Chen (Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, 2016; M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, 2012; B.S.E., Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, 2008) is the Associate Director of Research and Operations at PETS. She provides comprehensive project support and serves as liaison between the Rutgers team and its industry collaborators/funders. Beyond her pre-award and post-award responsibilities, Dr.


Poonam Gandhi

Research Analyst

About Poonam Gandhi is a Research Analyst at PETS. She received her Masters of Science degree at the University of Maryland. Her current focus is on studies involving the evaluation of the effect of drugs on heart failure and cancer outcomes. She is also involved in research assessing various health outcomes among publicly and privately


Cecilia Huang, PhD

Senior Data Analyst

About Cecilia Huang(M.S. University of South Carolina, Ph.D., University of Miami) is a Research Project Manager and Senior Analyst at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. Her major responsibilities involve data management and statistical analyses of the MarketScan Commercial Claims & Encounters Database and Medicaid Analytic Extract Files (MAX) for studies


Matthew Iozzio, MBA, MPP

Associate Director of Finance and Administration

About Matthew Iozzio (MBA, Finance & Marketing, Rutgers Business School; MPP, Nonprofit Management, Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy) is the Associate Director of Finance and Administration at the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Treatment Science and is also the Associate Director of the Institute for Health Survey/Data Core. Matt is one


Jung Hyun Kim

Research Scientist

Jung Hyun Kim, PhD, Research Scientist – Dr. Kim is a Research Scientist at Institute for Health. She is a Health Services Researcher and has been involved in various studies. She has experience with colorectal cancer community-based research, large claims data for breast cancer patients, and EMR registry dataset for cardiovascular patients. She currently investigates


Edward Nonnenmacher, MPA

Research Assistant

About Edward Nonnenmacher is a Research Assistant at the Rutgers Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Treatment Science. He received his MPA for Technology and Data Management at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (2018). He provides general administrative support for all research projects under all PETS faculty as well as assists in drafting IRB and


Abner Nyandege

Research Project Manager

About Abner Nyandege (Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University) is a Research Project Manager at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. His major responsibilities involve data management and statistical analyses of Medicare and Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) databases, with a focus on older adults. Previously, he was a Research Project Manager at


Melanie Rua

Research Associate I

About Melanie Rua, PharmD, MPH is a Research Associate at the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Treatment Science. She is a licensed pharmacist who has worked in both a hospital and community pharmacy practice setting. She received additional training in epidemiological and statistical research methods at the Rutgers School of Public Health. As a healthcare professional,