Staffing and Services at Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA CTRC

The facilitator advises and assists new investigators on obtaining regulatory approval for their research projects and directs the new/junior investigators to research resources available both on campus and throughout the UCLA-CTSI.

Research Facilitators
Raquel Gutierrez,

The CTRC provides nursing support for clinical research. Our nursing staff is knowledgeable and skilled in protocol implementation, data collection, phlebotomy, IV insertions, pharmacokinetic studies, drug-abuse studies, administration of investigational drugs, multiple sample collection, Oral Glucose Tolerance Tests, glucose clamp studies, EKGs, and assisting investigators with minor bedside procedures.

Contact information
Loritta Manai, Tel: 323-457-1912, email:

The Liu Research Center, Bldg RB3, 1124 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA  90502

Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Extended or overnight 24 hours (open for 10 nights per month for overnight studies). Potential users please contact nurse manager for information.

Nutrition support is available for extended stay, outpatient and community-based studies, including: design of research diets, preparation of nutrient controlled meals, metabolic and nutritional status assessments, including DXA, indirect calorimetry, BIA, and anthropometry, diet analysis and nutrition education.


The CTRC is staffed with registered nurses, medical assistants, and registered dietitians. Our nurses, medical assistants, and bionutritionists are certified in good clinical practices (GCP), HIPAA, and protecting study volunteers in research.

  • 4 registered nurses
  • 2 medical assistants
  • 2 bionutritionists


UCLA CTSI Office at Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA

Site Director Christina Wang, MD 310-222-2503
Administrator Raquel Gutierrez 310-222-2503
Administrative Assistant Karina Fing 310-222-1880
Facilitators Raquel Gutierrez 310-222-2503

Clinical and Translational Research Center

Site Director Christina Wang, MD 310-222-2503
Associate Site Director Loren Miller, MD 310-222-5623
Nurse Manager Loritta Manai, RN 323-457-1912
Nutrition Manager Rachelle Bross, PhD, RDN 310-974-9538
Body Composition 310-974-9538
Endocrine and Metabolic Research Laboratory Christina Wang, MD 310-222-2503
BioMedical Mass Spectroscopy Facility Director, Jennifer K. Yee, MD 310-222-1971
Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA CT Reading Core Matthew Budoff, MD 310 222-4107