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Harbor-UCLA Medical Center belongs to the people of this community.  While we are dedicated to best-in-class trauma care, we also believe in the importance of trauma research.  Research has been instrumental in the evolution of trauma systems. One of the key elements of Level I trauma centers include:  The ability to  operate an organized teaching and research effort to help direct new innovations in trauma care.  Harbor-UCLA Medical Center works in partnership with the Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation, an independent non-profit biomedical research organization.  The Lundquist Institute's research focuses on both funded and non-funded research.  Funding sources include:  grants from the NIH and other government entities, Industry and teaching contracts and royalties, as well as private donors and other non-profit foundations.

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Ezra graduated with a degree in Biology from UCLA in 2020.  He is interested in Trauma and Emergency Medicine.

Specialties: Funded and Non-Funded studies

Trauma Research Coordinator

Ezra Kim

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Akasha is a current high school student at Sierra Canyon High School who is interested in trauma research.  From her experience volunteering at many medical facilities, she is cognizant of the significance that research serves in the development of better ways to improve outcomes in trauma patients.

Specialties: Funded and non-funded  studies

 Research Coordinator

Clinical Research Ops, Div of Trauma

Akasha Dukkipatti


Santos is currently a student at USC.  He is studying to be a surgeon.

Specialties: Funded and Non-funded  studies

 Research Assistant

Santos Vasquez

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Areas of Research

Complicated Intra-Abdominal Infections

Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections

Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections

Diabetic Foot Infections


Traumatic Brain Injury


Blunt Trauma


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