Meet Our Team
Lilly Immergluck, MD, MS, FAAP
Associate Professor
Dr. Immergluck oversees pediatric clinical translational research studies at the Clinical Research Center at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Immergluck is Associate Professor of Microbiology/Biochemistry/Immunology and Pediatrics. She also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Emory University as Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Immergluck serves on the Executive Council for the Section on Infectious Diseases for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She also is involved with the local Georgia Chapter of the AAP, serving on the Infectious Diseases and School Health committees. She also serves as the Co-facilitator for the Academy’s Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program. Dr. Immergluck is involved in a number of the pediatric clinical translational and community engagement studies which are based at the Clinical Research Center. Currently, these studies have been funded by National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and American Academy of Pediatrics.
Le'Roy Reese, Ph.D
Associate Professor
 LeRoy Reese, Ph.D. is an associate professor at Morehouse School of Medicine in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine.  Prior to joining MSM he was a senior scientist and team leader at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Control.  Dr. Reese conducts community-based health research focused on the development of healthy lifestyles and the reduction of risky behavior among youth and their families. He was a member of the task force of the American Psychological Association that produced the report Resilience and Strength in African American Children and Adolescents. Dr. Reese co-edited Realizing Social Justice:  The Challenge of Preventive Interventions.  He has served as a consultant to the NIMH, NICHD, OJJDP and the CDC.  Previously he served on the White House Council on Youth Violence. Current research projects Dr. Reese is involved include identifying and removing access and knowledge based barriers to the uptake of the HPV vaccine in African American and Hispanic adolescent males and females.  Additionally he is involved in a study that examines the effects of second smoke on  cardiovascular functioning among low income African American youth.
  
I. Leslie Rubin, MD
Associate Professor
Dr. Rubin is originally from South Africa where he trained in Pediatrics and came to the United States to specialize in Neonatology and then in Developmental Pediatrics. He was initially at the Hospitals of the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio and then moved on to The Children's Hospital in Boston and the Harvard Medical School where he spent 14 years.
 
Dr. Rubin is currently a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine. He is the President and Founder of the Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability (ISDD), which is dedicated to improving the lives of children who grow up in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage.  In addition, he is the Medical Director of Developmental Pediatric Specialists in Atlanta, and Co-director of the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Unit (PEHSU) in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
 
He is on a number of local, regional, national and international committees and projects that address the needs of children and adults with Developmental Disabilities as well as those who live in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage. He has co-authored and co-edited a number of publications and books in this area, most notably with Allen Crocker on Delivery of Medical Care for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities.
  
Victoria Churchill, MPH
Program Manager
Ms. Churchill is the Program Manager for the Morehouse School of Medicine Clinical Research Center, Pediatric Unit. Ms. Churchill completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Theatre. Afterwards, she attended Boston University to pursue a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Upon completion, she joined the Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit at Boston Medical Center. At Boston Medical Center, Victoria contributed to a number of research studies focused on injection drug users and HIV prevention, as well as studies investigating the impact of state policies on youth alcohol behavior. Most recently, Victoria worked as a Research Coordinator and Grants Financial Coordinator in the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Elham Laghaie, MS
Senior Research Coordinator
Ms. Laghaie is the Senior Research Coordinator for the Morehouse School of Medicine Clinical Research Center, Pediatric Unit. Ms. Laghaie received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgia State and continued her education by earning her Master of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Applied Microbiology. Ms. Laghaie has taught laboratory courses to undergraduate students in Genetics and Microbiology and has worked as a licensed pharmacy
technician local Atlanta pharmacies. She coordinates activities related to NIH and CDC funded studies on rotavirus, circovirus, and staphylococcal infections. Ms. Laghaie also contributes to community outreach projects through American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) project serving communities with health disparities.
Shaaz Fareed, BS 
Research Assistant
 Mr. Fareed is a Research Assistant for the Morehouse School of Medicine Clinical Research Center, Pediatric Unit. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. Mr. Fareed actively screens, enrolls, and collects biological samples from patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals. Mr. Fareed is involved in the Pediatric Unit’s MRSA surveillance and immune studies. He is also involved in planning community outreach programs for the Unit. He is responsible for the design and maintenance of the PCTRU's website.  Mr. Fareed aspires to become a physician, and his role as a research assistant is preparing him for medical school. 
  
Sebastian Kahf
Research Assistant
Mr. Kahf is a Research Assistant for the Morehouse School of Medicine Clinical Research Center, Pediatric Unit. He is an undergraduate candidate for a Bachelor's degree in Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Kahf works on grant applications, patient enrollment, and recruitment at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta sites. He is also involved with carrying out laboratory specimen processing in addition to planning laboratory protocols for research studies. Mr. Kahf hopes to become a physician involved with clinical research, and is concurrently preparing for medical school.
Saadia Khizer, MBBS, MPH, CCRC
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Senior Research Administrator
Ms. Khizer was trained as physician in Pakistan and received an MPH from Georgia State University. During her nine-year research career she has worked in clinical research at local Atlanta hospitals, including Grady and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Currently she is a Lead
Research Coordinator and works with Dr. Immergluck on the NIH funded MRSA Treatment Study. She is the Clinical Research Administrator for all research at Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital. She navigates and orchestrates the flow of the research process for all the clinical translational studies at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding and is responsible for final approval and handling of studies. She is also responsible for all research personnel's CHOA credentialing and research related training at all three campuses (Hughes Spalding, Scottish Rite, and Egleston).
Monay Sanders, RN, MSN
Research Nurse
Ms. Sanders is the Clinical Research Study Nurse for Morehouse School of Medicine Clinical Research Center, Pediatric Unit. Ms. Sanders has held clinical nursing positions in a variety of settings in the past 16 years, including in surgery, intensive care, and dialysis. For the past 8 years she has been an employee health nurse at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She obtained a MSN degree with a focus in nursing education from Clayton State University and was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau. Since 2014, Ms. Sanders has been a nurse for the NIH funded MRSA treatment study.
Research Interns, Students, and Mentees
Vinita Chandwani, MD
Pediatric Resident Physician 
Mentee
Aysha Jabbar, MD
Pediatric Resident Physician 
Mentee
Kelly Brown, BA (Howard University)
MS in Clinical Research Student, Morehouse School of Medicine