Lab Staff

VeronicaVeronica Hicks, MPH
Statistical Data Analyst 

 As part of the Drake Lab, Veronica is in charge of data cleaning, management, and analysis for numerous studies including the Prostate Cancer Prospective Cohort study to assess disparities in prostate cancer outcomes and the Association of Metabolic Syndrome and Prostate Cancer study to explore the association between obesity and/or type II diabetes and prostate cancer using data from the Veterans Affairs (VA) prostate cancer cohort. 

Saira Khan, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Khan is a postdoctoral research associate in the Division of Public Health Sciences. Her primary mentor is Dr. Drake. Dr. Khan's research focuses on elucidating risk factors for adverse prostate cancer outcomes including recurrence and mortality, and reducing the burden of disparities in prostate cancer. She collaborates with Dr. Drake on both the prostate cancer prospective cohort study at the Washington University School of Medicine and a large Veterans Affairs cohort study that consists of all men diagnosed with prostate cancer at a VA hospital between 1997-2009. 

Aleksandra Klim, RN, MHS, CCRC
Manager of Clinical Trials, Division of Urology

Alex has 15 years of research experience and manages clinical research in the Division of Urologic Surgery. She serves as resource for implementation of clinical projects as well as regulatory compliance for Drake lab projects.




Former Staff

Danielle Rancillo, MS, MPH
Public Health Research Coordinator II 

Katina Richardson, MD
Public Health Research Coordinator I

Graduate Students

Katherine Dienstbach, MPH - Saint Louis University
Rosario Silva, MPH - Saint Louis University
Shivani Thakkar, MPH - Saint Louis University
Keenya Frazier, MPH - Washington University

Ambriah Brown, MPH - Washington University
Shivan Shetty, MPH - Saint Louis University
Salma Abadin, MPH - Washington University
Danielle Boyd, MPH - Saint Louis University
Yismaw Hailegiorgis, MPH - Saint Louis University
Clairy Fang, MPH - Saint Louis University
Peter Luong, BA - Vanderbilt University
Colleen Kinneen, MPH - Washington University 
Brandi Simmons, MPH - Saint Louis University
Uzoh Ikpeama, MD - Washington University