About Us

Our Team


Scott VandenBerg


Scott VandenBerg, MD, PhD

Director of UCSF BIOS Program

Director of Biorepository and Tissue Biomarker Technology Core, HDFCCC

Email:  [email protected]

Dr. VandenBerg is Professor of Pathology and Director of the UCSF Biospecimen Resources (BIOS) Program and the HDFCCC Biorepository and Tissue Biomarker Technology Core. He has over 13 years of experience with biobanking, establishing biorepositories at both UCSD and UCSF. He also has 25 years of experience with developing, optimizing and interpreting tissue-based biomarker detection (molecular morphology and phenomics) in both human and mouse tissues. He especially has broad experience with developing and interpreting tissue-based techniques for immunohistochemistry and molecular in situ studies using the Ventana Discovery Ultra platform and digital technologies in the context of research biospecimen repositories for translational research.


Helene Bour Jordan


Helene Bour-Jordan, PhD

Program Manager

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Helene is the Program Manager for the UCSF Biospecimen Resources Program and is responsible for the strategic development of an infrastructure that will support an integrated pipeline for biospecimen resources at UCSF. 

Helene’s background is in academic research. She did her graduate studies in France at the University Claude Bernard Lyon-I (Lyon, France), and conducted basic and clinical research on autoimmune diseases at UCSF until 2008. Before joining the RRP, Helene worked in the EVCP office where she was involved in strategic initiatives such as precision medicine and immunotherapy. 



David Aaronson


David Aaronson

Project & Operations Manager

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David joined the BIOS Program as Operations and Project Manager in June of 2016. He is responsible for managing the UCSF implementation of LabVantage, an enterprise-class Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).  Once operational, the LIMS will provide UCSF with a best-in-class system which will support the acquisition, processing, annotation, quality control and inventory of Biospecimen samples across the UCSF enterprise.  David’s other responsibilities include facilitation of the Common Data Elements project for the HDFCCC, managing BIOS Program technical and analyst resources, and supporting additional BIOS Program technical implementations.

Prior to arrving at UCSF, David served as the Manager of the IT Project Management Group for TechSoup Global, a non-profit dedicated to providing access to technology and tools for non-profits and NGOs world-wide. Also, David held the position of Director of Technical Operations at PDR Network LLC., a healthcare IT startup, which developed a first-of-its-kind electronic notification system for distribution of FDA-mandated drug alerts and label warnings to healthcare providers.




Sudeep Basnet


Sudeep Basnet, MS

Executive Technical Lead

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Sudeep is responsible for defining system requirements, developing software platforms, executing technical functions and performing as a top level contributor for the implementation of new enterprise-wide BIOS systems as well as play a key role in integrating data standards and relevant reporting system architecture designs. He has BS in Chemistry and MS in Software Engineering.

He works closely with faculty and staff across UCSF. His key area of responsibility is tied to informatics and providing software based solutions in support of research activities with an emphasis on customizing and integrating with highly functional systems. He is responsible for adapting the appropriate tools to the workflows in various facilities and research programs, and also providing trainings as necessary to the personnel in the proper use of the tools. His previous industry experience includes providing software solution and support to Supply Chain Management and Telecommunication companies.




Tasha Lea, MS, PA ASCP

Senior Pathologist's Assistant

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Tasha is the Tissue Acquisition Manager for the UCSF - HDFCCC Biorepository. She and her team provide coordinated tissue procurement and biobanking services across the three UCSF medical campuses. Her team provides patient identification, specimen collection, annotation, processing, banking and distribution services for multiple studies and program banks.

Tasha has 10 years of experience as a certified Pathologist Assistant, working in academic surgical pathology departments at both UC San Francisco and Virginia Commonwealth University. In her time at VCU, she expanded the existing biospecimen bank to include tissue from greater than 90% of surgical resections for malignancy and established a rapid autopsy service to procure tissue for programs across the US.


Nicola Gabancho

Functional Lead

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Nicola Gabancho joined the BIOS program in Jan 2017, and is responsible for the requirements analysis, functional design, testing, training and end-user support of the BIOS LabVantage implementation.  Her goal is to tailor sustainable software tools that streamline UCSF lab and research workflows and enhance available research metrics.

Prior to arriving at UCSF, Nicola served as the Customer Success Manager for NetSuite's Social Impact product donation program.  She has a background in IT from project initiation through ongoing operations with a focus on back-office tools.  She has experience across multiple industries including software, nonprofit, legal and consumer goods.  Nicola holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and certifications in database administration and application development.


Vincent Te


Vincent Te

Systems Engineer

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Vincent joined the BIOS Program as a Systems Engineer in May of 2017. Vincent's focus is supporting the BIOS team and UCSF stakeholders in the design and implementation of systems, system integrations and system enhancements. He also plays a key role in the migration of data from legacy systems into the LabVantage product. As systems come online, Vincent will provide various levels of support to users and external collaborators.

Vincent holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of San Francisco with a background in data management, database development and administration, automation of data transfer, migration and metric reporting. He is passionate about the environoment and the community and serves as a member of the Conservation and Recycling Committee and Neighborhood Watch.


Candice Pyun


Candice Pyun

Project Analyst

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Candice joined UCSF in 2015, and supports the Biospecimen Resources (BIOS) Program with planning, communications, and program development.

Prior to joining UCSF, Candice worked at UCSD in Department of Pathology starting out as a Fiscal Core Specialist and then as a Divisional Support Coordinator with Neuropathology. In these roles, she was in charge of contracts and grant support, fund review/reconciliation, data reporting, division management, special events, project coordination, financial and database systems.