Office of Surgical Translational Research Operations and Compliance
The Office of Surgical Translational Research Operations and Compliance in the Department of Surgery is responsible for clinical trials and basic biomedical research operations, macro-management of research programs, providing guidance and oversight to the project managers, Clinical Research Associates (CRAs), Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) and laboratory staff. The office also provides assistance to investigators with protocol and informed consent writing, regulatory submissions, clinical trial agreements and budgets development. In addition, the office is responsible for developing and implementing adequate systems and procedures to ensure research compliance, efficient day-to-day research operations that meet the needs of the Department of Surgery.
Marina Malikova, PhD, MA
Executive Director, Surgical Translational Research Operations and Compliance
Adjunct Professor for Clinical and Biomedical Sciences Program, Boston University
Dr. Malikova has over nine years of experience in the clinical research field. She has managed Phase I – IV studies involving investigational drugs, devices and biologics (gene therapy, stem cells, and growth factors). She has worked on Industry-sponsored and Investigator-initiated trials in the fields of Vascular Surgery, Neurosurgery, Cancer Diagnostics and Interventional Radiology.
Dr. Malikova graduated from the Institute of Biochemistry, Russian Academy of Science, in Moscow, Russia with a PhD in Biochemistry. She has a strong background in biomedical sciences and has completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the field of cell signaling and cell migration. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Investigation and Project Management Certification from Boston University.
In her current role as Executive Director, Dr. Malikova manages research efforts in seven divisions of the Department of Surgery at Boston Medical Center. She is responsible for clinical trials and basic biomedical research operations, risk management, strategic planning, and macro-management of research programs. She provides guidance and oversight to the Project Managers, Clinical Research Associates (CRAs), Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs), and laboratory staff. She also provides assistance to investigators with protocol and informed consent writing, regulatory submissions, clinical trial agreements and budget development.
Juliana Merhaut, BS, Clinical Research Associate
Juliana Merhaut is the Clinical Research Associate in the Department of Surgery. Juliana is a graduate of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, with a BS in Applied Science and Boston University School of Medicine with an MA in Clinical Investigation (May 2013 candidate).
Prior to joining the department, Juliana was a Clinical Research Assistant in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine.
Kenneth Rask, MBA, Grants Administrator
Kenneth Rask is the Grants Administrator for the Department of Surgery. Kenneth is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Economics and MBA in Finance. In addition, Kenneth holds a Certificate in Clinical Research from BU School of Medicine.
Prior to joining the department, Kenneth was most recently Grants and Contracts Administrator for the Health and Disability Research Institute (HDR) at BU School of Public Health; Grant Manager in the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); and a Research Coordinator in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery here at BMC.