CRIO Staff

Chief Research Informatics Officer


Steven Andrews
Melissa Haendel, PhD Professor Chief Research Informatics Officer
Melissa A. Haendel, PhD, joined the University in late spring of 2021 and was named Chief Research Informatics Officer (CRIO) for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. This newly created CRIO position is responsible for transforming the campus use of information and information systems to accelerate biomedical discoveries, streamline health system operations, and continuously improve patient care. She also holds an appointment as professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics in the CU School of Medicine.

Deputy CRIO


Steven Andrews
Steven Andrews, PhD - Deputy CRIO

Steven Andrews, PhD, joined the University in January of 2022 as Deputy CRIO in the Chief Research Informatics Office for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

The Deputy CRIO works closely with the CRIO to further the research and translational missions of our partners, stakeholders, and customers throughout the Anschutz Medical Campus. Informatics serves as the juncture of domain information science and information technology, with the goal of continuously improving domain practice. For the CRIO’s Office, that juncture puts our focus on combining leading biomedical, health, and health care research with continuously evolving and cutting-edge technology to create a comprehensive and efficient data ecosystem and research analytic environment to allow researchers to do their best work without stressing about the underlying infrastructure requirements.

Program Manager


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Carlos Gonçalves, PhD - Program Manager

Carlos Gonçalves, PhD, joined the University in October of 2021 as a Program Manager of the Chief Research Informatics Office (CRIO) for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He holds a master’s degree in Medical Electronics and a Ph.D. in Project Design and Development. With a background in Biomedical Engineering and an extensive experience managing healthcare projects, Carlos Gonçalves already published peer review papers and patents of medical products.

In collaboration with CRIO leadership team, Carlos Gonçalves will manage the design, development, and implementation of informatics and infrastructure projects, workflows, and process improvements, while maintaining compliance with applicable laws, rules, regulations.

Senior Data Analyst


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Chaitra Thippana - Senior Data Analyst

Chaitra Thippana joined the University in October of 2021 as a Senior Data Analyst of the Chief Research Informatics Office (CRIO) for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Chaitra will work closely with project and program stakeholders to analyze data across the project lifecycle, building reports and analyses for institutional decision making, project planning, and in support of advancing innovations in informatics and data science.