Clinical Site Team

University at Albany, School of Public Health


Hello!  My name is Elisa and I am a Research Support Specialist here at Upstate KIDS.  We may have spoken by phone, as I started with the Upstate KIDS Research Study in 2009.  I completed my Master’s in Community Health at the University of New Mexico, and have worked in Tobacco Prevention, Community Health Promotion Programs, in addition to the Upstate KIDS project.

As a mother of two, I know how busy life can be and I so appreciate your taking time to participate in Upstate KIDS.  Your time and effort really does make a difference. Thank you!




Maria Galluzzo
Maria Galluzzo

Hi everyone! My name is Maria Galluzzo and I am a Senior Research Support Specialist for Upstate KIDS. I recently graduated from the School of Public Health at the University at Albany with a Master’s in Public Health. I’ve loved all things science since I was young. I’m super friendly and caring so no need to be nervous, just ask my cat Diana (she’s named after a superhero). I’m really excited to meet you all!



University at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions



Donna Frey

 Hi everyone!  My name is Donna Frey and I am a Research Support Specialist at the University at Buffalo. With a background in medical laboratory technology, I’m excited to be part of the important research being conducted with Upstate Kids at UB. I am proud to call Buffalo my home and look forward to meeting you.

Joy Lowe

Hi, ya’ll!  My name is Joy Lowe and I am a Senior Research Support Specialist for Upstate Kids.  I graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in Forensic Biology.  I also have a degree in Medical Laboratory Science and I worked as a lab tech in the United States Air Force for about ten years.  I was born and raised in Texas and I still have a bit of an accent but I now call New York home.  I love science and my passion is DNA because it is the backbone of who we are and it makes each of us unique to others…unless you are an identical twin and then your DNA is the exact same as your sibling… cool huh?? I am really excited to meet each of you. 


Regina Cauley

Hi! My name is Regina Cauley. I am a Clinical Research Laboratory Technician.  I work for Upstate KIDS at the University at Buffalo clinic.  When I am not working at the clinic, I am a student at Medaille College working to complete my degree in Business Administration and Organizational Management. I am also president of a non-profit organization where youth mentoring and development are “job one.”  I am really excited to meet you. 


Mary Crawford

Hi, I look forward to seeing you at the University at Buffalo! I’ve been working here in research for more than 20 years (hard to imagine someone so old, right?) I love people, animals, plants, and bugs. (In that order) I’m a graduate of Trocaire College with a degree in Nursing.


University of Rochester Medical Center


Sarah Caveglia

Hi everyone! My name is Sarah Caveglia and I’m a Sr. Human Subjects Research Coordinator for Upstate KIDS.  When I’m not doing science, I like to run, swim or hang out with my family.  I’m so excited to meet all of you!



Hello Everyone! My name is Jo-Ellen.  I’m a research nurse at the Clinical Research Center in Rochester, NY.  My favorite activities are gardening, bicycling, baking, and attending concerts.  I hope to see you soon!


NYU Langone Health Center



Hello! My name is Jassly. I am a Research Data Associate-Radiologic Technologist at NYU Langone Health in New York City. With a background in Radiologic Technology, I am very excited to be part of Upstate KIDS. When I’m not in the office, I spend my time biking, hiking, camping, and kickboxing. Summer is when I enjoy it! Summer is all about, Spending time, Under the sun, Makes, My friends and I, Enjoy the, Run! Have fun and I’m very much looking forward to meet you!


Adeyinka Ajayi

Hi all, my name is Adeyinka Ajayi and I am a Research Coordinator at NYU Langone Health. I graduated with Master in Public from NYU College of Public Health and also have Bachelor in Medicine & Surgery from Nigeria (Lagos State University). Fun fact about me – I love real soccer and basketball. I love to sing and dance. I have an amazing son who I am looking forward to explore the world with! I look forward to meeting you all!


Manuel Hernandez

Hello! My name is Manuel Hernandez and I am a Research Data Associate at NYU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. I was born and raised in New York. I have a degree in Biology and I’ve been interested in medicine since I was in high school. I gained a keen interest in pediatric medicine after shadowing a pediatrician for a little over a year and enjoy working with children. I love spending time with my family, especially with my two nephews who are 2 and 3 years old. My favorite activities are being outdoors, playing sports, and reading. I am very excited to be part of the research being conducted with Upstate Kids at the University of Albany and look forward to meeting you all.


Liliany Nigam

Hi guys! My name is Liliany Nigam and I am an Associate Research Coordinator at NYU Langone Medical Center, Environmental Pediatrics. I oversee the research operations at our Bellevue Campus. I have a Master’s Degree in Public Health in Epidemiology and Statistics, as well as Program Development and a Clinical Laboratory background. I look forward to meeting you all.


Juan Pablo Robayo

Hello, my name is Juan Pablo Robayo, I am the Research Coordinator, and Site Leader leading the efforts of the NYU Environmental Pediatrics studies in Brooklyn. I have a Master of Public Health with a concentration of social epidemiology from the University of Florida, and a double BS in biotechnology and biomedical sciences with a minor in sociology from the University of Central Florida. I have concentrated my career in overseeing various projects pertaining to minority and immigrant health disparities. I am humbled and excited to work with the Upstate KIDS families.


Tony Koshy

Hi all! My name is Tony Koshy and I am the Program Coordinator leading the efforts at NYU Langone Health, Environmental Pediatrics! I was born in the Bronx and I am so happy to serve the community that I was raised in. Fun facts – I love volleyball and discoursing about everything philosophy/world religions. We are excited to meet you and work with you!



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