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Lisa K Jennings, PhD

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CEO and Founder

Lisa K Jennings, PhD founded CirQuest Labs in 2008 as an extension of her successful basic and translational research program as a faculty member at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. An internationally recognized leader in anti-platelet and anticoagulant therapies, she has served on numerous industry scientific and clinical development advisory boards. She has been instrumental in assisting industry in the design and implementation of mechanistic studies and clinical trials in the vascular biology field, including CAD, stroke, PAD, inflammatory and metabolic diseases, hematology, and medical device fields.

Together, we aim to offer the best customized life science services while expanding our capabilities to remain a recognized leader in immunology, oncology, and hematology.

Jayaprakash Kotha, MBBS, PhD

Senior Scientific Officer

Dr. Kotha attended medical school at the Guntur Medical College & Hospital, India and doctoral studies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. During his early research, he worked as a clinical virologist at the Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore, India. During early days of his research Dr. Kotha worked in molecular epidemiology and immunobiology of retroviruses where he developed valuable serological and molecular diagnostic tools for the diagnostic and prognostic assessment of various types of retroviral diseases. 

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Dr. Kotha completed his post-doctoral training at the Vascular Biology Center of Excellence in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. During this time, he worked on vascular smooth muscle cells and platelets with emphasis on pathobiology of atherosclerosis and occlusive vascular disorders. His research was supported by grants from American Heart Association as well as pharmaceutical industry. ​As a researcher with years of experience in laboratory bench work and as a physician, Dr. Kotha along with the CirQuest team will continue to work towards the growth of CirQuest Labs as a facility that supports pharmaceutical and biotech industry at various stages of drug development. Dr. Kotha’s goal is to contribute towards expanding the current scope of services offered at CirQuest Labs.





David K. Jennings, MD

Medical Director

With over 30 years of clinical experience, Dr. David Jennings provides medical supervision and knowledge for clinical projects at CirQuest Labs. Dr. Jennings has been serving the Memphis community and surrounding areas since he received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Tennessee in 1979. While his focus is providing the highest quality health care for his patients, he is also involved in the education of fellow healthcare providers in the Memphis community through his position as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Mark Vines,CPA

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Chief Financial Officer 

Mark Vines is a respected financial executive with a 20-year career covering both small and large pharmaceutical companies as well as clinical laboratory executive experience. As CFO of CirQuest Labs, LLC, Mark oversees all financial functions of the company, including planning and analysis, reporting, treasury, accounting and finance.

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Dr. Jennings has experience as primary and sub investigator for studies researching diabetes, infectious diseases, gastrointestinal disease, sinusitis, obesity, and cardiovascular disease..





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Dr. Kotha completed his post-doctoral training at the Vascular Biology Center of Excellence in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. During this time, he worked on vascular smooth muscle cells and platelets with emphasis on pathobiology of atherosclerosis and occlusive vascular disorders. His research was supported by grants from American Heart Association as well as pharmaceutical industry. ​As a researcher with years of experience in laboratory bench work and as a physician, Dr. Kotha along with the CirQuest team will continue to work towards the growth of CirQuest Labs as a facility that supports pharmaceutical and biotech industry at various stages of drug development. Dr. Kotha’s goal is to contribute towards expanding the current scope of services offered at CirQuest Labs.





Laura Yacoubian, MBA

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Director of Project Management

Laura Yacoubian is a clinical research professional with 7 years of experience supporting and managing pharmaceutical and medical device clinical studies. As Director of Project Management at CirQuest Labs, LLC, Laura tracks the progress of all ongoing projects and collaborates with project teams to identify opportunities and mitigate risks to project delivery.

​Prior to joining CirQuest, Laura was the Regional Operations Manager for Smith & Nephew, Inc.’s Clinical Operations group. Laura holds an MBA from the University of Memphis. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hendrix College.

Edward Hord, BSN

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Director of Operations

Mr. Hord holds an undergraduate degree in both biology and nursing. His past experiences have provided him with broad technical and operational knowledge related to the multiple aspects of planning and conducting the different stages of clinical studies including feasibility/pilot, IDE, PMA applications, advisory panel meetings, and post-approval studies. His primary role is to oversee the operations of CirQuest and to facilitate agreements and contracts as well as communication with our industry and institutional clients and collaborators.

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Dr. Kotha completed his post-doctoral training at the Vascular Biology Center of Excellence in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. During this time, he worked on vascular smooth muscle cells and platelets with emphasis on pathobiology of atherosclerosis and occlusive vascular disorders. His research was supported by grants from American Heart Association as well as pharmaceutical industry. ​As a researcher with years of experience in laboratory bench work and as a physician, Dr. Kotha along with the CirQuest team will continue to work towards the growth of CirQuest Labs as a facility that supports pharmaceutical and biotech industry at various stages of drug development. Dr. Kotha’s goal is to contribute towards expanding the current scope of services offered at CirQuest Labs.





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140 Collins Street

Memphis, TN 38112
USA

Phone: 901.866.1700

Fax: 901.866.1702

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