Listee Features — Research


Born in Serbia, Larisa Mathur, MBA, began her studies at the University of Belgrade, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in industrial engineering in 2003. Coming to the United States in order to pursue a career, she went on to complete a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Haven in Connecticut in 2005. She began her career in 2007 as a web analytics manager with Staples, Inc. in Framingham, Massachusetts, before a move to Florida brought her to Chico’s FAS, Inc. as a personalization manager for web analytics from 2010 to 2013. Subsequently, she joined Boeing in Doral, Florida, where she was the e-commerce manager until 2016. From 2017 to 2021, Ms. Mathur served as the

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Patricia Gonzalez, MS, is the research operations director of the Florida International Research Center, a position she has held since 2011. As research operations director, Ms. Gonzalez oversees all clinical research operations onsite, including enforcing research standards and budgets and ensuring screening and compliance for research study applicants and participants. She began her professional journey as a practical nursing student and moved into health care administration as an agency administrator for Gia Home Health in 2007. Ms. Gonzalez completed a bachelor’s degree in health services administration at Florida International University in 2011 and began transitioning into a clinical research role, a longtime goal, the same year. She began working with Swiss Medical Research as a clinical research coordinator and spent

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Ljiljana Krizanac-Bengez


Ljiljana Krizanac-Bengez, MD, DMSc, began her studies at the School of Medicine of the University of Zagreb in Croatia, where she earned a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Medicine in 1985 and a Master of Science in biomedicine and molecular biology from the university’s Faculty of Science in 1988. After completing graduate coursework at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, now the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, from 1989 to 1990, she returned to the University of Zagreb to complete her Doctor of Medical Science in 1992. During this time, she served as a teaching and research assistant for the Rudjer Boskovic Institute between 1986 and 1992 before becoming a senior research associate from 1992 to 1993 and

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Gloria E. Valentin

Inspired to the field of medicine after seeing her father struggle with his health, Gloria E. Valentin was also fascinated by research as a way to give back and contribute to society. She embarked on her studies with coursework in nursing at both Bronx Community College and Regent University and attained certification as an administrative and clinical medical assistant. Her career began in 1983, when she became the outpatient cardiovascular research manager and senior clinical research coordinator at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which was then affiliated with Yeshiva University. In 1989, she was certified as a clinical research associate (CRA) by Hofstra University and joined Health and Science Research, Inc., where she exceled as a research administrator CRA

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Margit Edelson


Margit Nass Edelson, PhD, graduated from high school with the highest level of education possible in the 1950s. During the course of her high school career, she achieved enough college level science credits to complete her bachelor’s degree in only two years. As she was pursuing her undergraduate degree, she was inspired by one of her professors to pursue a career in the sciences and, at the same time, realized her own desire to work in education. Graduating with her Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, followed by her Master of Arts, Dr. Edelson concluded her formal studies at Columbia University, where she achieved a Doctor of Philosophy in 1961. Two postdoctoral fellowship awards from the National Science Foundation and

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Holding considerable expertise in infectious disease epidemiology and social epidemiology, Stephanie D. Kruchten, MPH, has been a program administrator leading a federally funded program at the Westchester County Department of Health since 2021. Concurrently, she teaches epidemiology as an adjunct professor at Mercy College to both undergraduate and graduate students. Previously, she excelled as a level three evaluation specialist for COVID-19 with Health Research Inc. between 2020 and 2021, and a research assistant at the Mary Amelia Center for Women’s Health Equity Research since 2018. During the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, her primary work was on compiling weekly reports of COVID-19 rates in Westchester County and reports on vaccination rates and breakthrough cases; expanding educational outreach and meeting with

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Susan Standfast, MD, is a board-certified preventive medicine practitioner, epidemiologist and researcher with more than four decades of dedication to the field of public health. She was inspired to her career by her father, who was a rural general practitioner and radiologist. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in biology and chemistry from Wells College, she was awarded her Doctor of Medicine by Columbia University in 1961. She completed a medical internship at Seattle’s King County Hospital and a residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington before continuing her education at the University of California Berkeley, graduating in 1965 with a Master of Public Health in epidemiology. She relocated to New York after her graduation, spending the next two

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Dana Hummel


Dana Darwin Mallett Hummel is a retired research librarian and information technology specialist who had a diverse career with the military, U.S. Embassies and Washington D.C. think tanks. She assisted her husband who was the U.S. Embassy military attaché in several Hispanic countries. She was a member and distinguished president of the Fairfax County Public Library Board. Four large libraries were built under her leadership. She was active politically and served as a delegate to a Virginia state convention. She was a leading fund raiser for two U.S. universities. She taught Spanish at high schools and English as a second language. In her retirement, over a 14-year period she was a board member and ten-year president of her condominium association.

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Luz Stella Yamuni


While growing up in Colombia, Luz Stella Yamuni’s father and grandfather served the community as local healers. Arriving in the United States at 15 years old, she grew up as a vegetarian. When she was 30, she met a cancer patient from Argentina who was able to heal herself. Inspired to pursue a similar path as her ancestors, she established Electromagnetic Health Research in 1987. As president, she offers a range of natural healing products and services, including energy healing, quantum energy healing, aqua chi, bio mat solutions and the BEMER bioelectric magnetic energy regulator. Due to the success of the BEMER products, Ms. Yamuni became involved with BEMER USA, a subsidiary of the international organization. A global corporation, BEMER

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Marion Somers


Dr. Marion Somers is renowned as a geriatric care expert with more than 50 years of excellence in her field. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from the City College of New York and a Master of Science in recreational therapy from Lehman College. Dr. Somers subsequently obtained a PhD in human and organizational development from the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Somers’ passion for education has been her driving force while constantly finding workarounds to compensate for her being born with dyslexia. Notably, Dr. Somers’ work includes assistive devices for improving medical outcomes and quality of life in the aging population, and advocacy work for the families and caregivers of seniors. Prior to

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