Office of the Chief, LCTS
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institutes of Health

Clinical Research Center
10 Center Drive, Room 10-CRC/1E-5334, MSC: 1108
Bethesda MD 20892-1108

telephone: 301.435.9386


Current staff

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Dena Stringer, BA
Clinical Lab Secretary
telephone: 301.435.9376

Dena Stringer is responsible for administrative support for all of LCTS, including travel, procurement (except lab-procurement), and personnel matters. Dena is also the Assistant to the North American Editor (Dr. Heilig) of Addiction Biology.

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Catherine Little
Clinical Protocol Coordinator
telephone: 301.435.3494

Cathy Little provides NIAAA Investigators administrative and regulatory support pertaining to the human subjects studies and the staff’s clinical credentialing.

Photo of Melanie Schwandt Melanie Schwandt, PhD
Staff Scientist
telephone: 301.451.6960

Dr. Schwandt, a staff scientist, is the bioinformatics and biostatistics coordinator for LCTS. She received her PhD in physical anthropology with a focus on non-human primates studies from Arizona State University, during which time she also developed database management skills and a strong foundation in applied statistical analysis. In addition to providing biostatistical support to all sections of the laboratory, she maintains her research interests in environmental and genetic influences on development, behavior, stress reactivity, and alcohol consumption.

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Juan Rivas
Information Technology Specialist
telephone: 240.388.2986

Juan Rivas provides hardware, security and networking computer support for the laboratory through a contract with Lockheed-Martin. He also processes accounts, maintains lab servers, and assists with IT purchases.

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Denise Gates-Nee, MS
Computer Scientist
telephone: 240.533.5624

Denise Gates-Nee, as part of NIAAA's information technology staff, is one of the main programmers for the LCTS' clinical information system. Denise also maintains the laboratory's website, processes accounts, and does other computer support for LCTS as needed.

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Karen Smith, MLS
Informationist/Biomedical Librarian
telephone: 301.594.6273

Karen Smith, an information specialist with the NIH Library, is an onsite liason to the LCTS, providing specialized information services and training, including literature retrieval, research and manuscript support.


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