Research Team

Research Team

Anne Leyretana Zabat

Anne is a Southern California native. She completed a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. During her time there, she was active in both preclinical research as well as clinical trials. Anne graduated from the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical College in 2001 where she also completed her internship year. She was introduced to clinical trials in 2002 when she worked in Neuroscience research in Bethesda, MD. Anne has worked with different organizations on a variety of clinical trials. She joined the Cardiology Division at UTSW in 2013.

Vukile David Mlambo, B.S., M.D.
Clinical Research Coordinator

Vukile was born in Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. He received his B.S. degree in Biology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Subsequently he went to study Medicine at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. Upon graduation he returned to Zimbabwe where he did his residence. Following this he worked for the Ministry of Health as a Government Medical Officer and became the Medical Superintendent of the largest hospital there. After a few years with the Ministry of Heath he left to work for a group of companies as Chief Medical Officer. Vukile returned to the USA in 2007. He joined a group of primary care physicians in Dallas, Texas, as a Clinical Research Coordinator where he remained until 2013 when he left to join UTSW - IMC as Clinical Research Coordinator in December 2013. In his spare time Vukile enjoys playing tennis and squash but most of all running. He is a proud Dallas Half Marathon finisher in 2014.

Sheikh Vikarunnessa

Sheikh is a foreign physician, born and raised in Dhaka, capital city of Bangladesh. She received her M.B.B.S. (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2002 from Sir Salimullah Medical College, the most prestigious medical school in her home country. Prior to move to the USA in 2006, she served as a General Surgeon in her home town. Her strong passion for medical research led her to join to the UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2008 where she has excelled both in basic and clinical research. Her appointment as a Post-Doctoral fellow in 2010 at the Center for Human Nutrition in UTSW with the assigned work of Alzheimer's disease, cholesterol metabolism, and obesity influenced her so much to establish a career in the field of clinical research. Sheikh takes pride to be part of the ‘Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center (CCRC)’ where she has been working as a Clinical Research Coordinator since 2012. She considers clinical trials an essential link between basic research and medical therapy. She mostly enjoys the sense of productivity while pursuing clinical trials both as a profession and a business as an adjunct to education, research, and patient care responsibilities for an academic organization like UT Southwestern. She is devoted to create and sustain a successful clinical trial program for the CCRC. Given the confluence of her personal and professional interest, she is currently attending in UT Dallas and expected to receive her M.B.A. degree in December 2015.