Team Expertise and Management Support (TEAMS)

TEAMS is grounded in a history of successfully implementing collaborative team science in our commercialization, special populations, community-based participatory research, and precision medicine pilot programs. TEAMS builds on lessons learned from our experience in implementing team science resources and processes that nurture our interdisciplinary clinical translational ecosystem and ensure that research findings produce meaningful and high-impact outcomes. The TEAMS framework and approach is based on the Formation of Inclusive Teams (FIT) model, developed internally and informed by TEAMS Director Dr. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee’s ethnographic research on successful teams. FIT focuses on dimensions of team composition, communication, synergy, conflict management, and sustainability, and emphasizes support of team diversity and inclusion of underrepresented disciplines and groups. Diversity, as defined by sociocultural, biological, and disciplinary backgrounds, has important implications for innovation and quality of science produced by collaborations of academic scientists. TEAMS supports collaborations to integrate diversity to maximize impact and fulfill goals of equity.

Collaborative team science is also foundational in our TRANSFORM translational workforce development programs and in our strategic interdisciplinary initiatives across Resources and with Columbia University partners.




  • Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, PhD

    • Director; Associate Director, Regulatory Knowledge and Ethics Resource
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  • Elise Zheng, PhD

    • Post-doctoral Fellow
  • Sheila M. O’Byrne, PhD

    • Senior Program Manager

Faculty Collaborators and Team Members

  • Zainab Abedin, MPH

    • Assistant Director, Evaluation and Continuous Improvement
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  • Alejandra N. Aguirre, DrPH, MPH

    • Assistant Director, Community Engagement Core Resource
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  • Harley Lynch

    • Senior Program Manager
    Harley Lynch
  • Michelle McClave, MS

    • Associate Director, Programs and Communication
  • Akiva Mintz, MD, PhD

    • Director, Pilot and Collaborative Studies Resource and Translational Therapeutics Accelerator
  • Michael Rosenbaum, MD

    • Associate Program Director, Clinical Research Resource Adult Inpatient Unit and Integrating Special Populations
    Headshot of Michael Rosenbaum.
  • Rachel Shelton, ScD, MPH

    • Director, Implementation Science Initiative
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  • Daichi Shimbo, MD

    • Director, TRANSFORM and KL2 Principal Investigator
  • Kayla Zalcgendler, MSPH

    • Senior Program Manager, Pilot and Collaboratives Studies Resource and Translational Therapeutics Accelerator (TRx)