Dr. (Mrs.) Marcellina (Mercy) Ndidi Oparaoji (Nee Uche)

Dr. Oparaoji possesses a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy Studies (Ed.D.), from the George Washington University, Washington DC; A Master’s degree in Human Resource Development (M.Ed.) from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota; and Bachelor’s degrees in Science (BSc. Nursing); Howard University, Washington, DC and French Language and Education (B.Ed. French); University Of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, respectively.
Marcellina is also professionally certified in the following fields: Banking; Training & Development; Performance Improvement Consulting; Analysis, Evaluation and Measurement; and Clinical Research Operations and Management.

Current Role & Interests:

Dr. Marcellina Oparaoji is currently the Executive Director, Clinical Research Operations, Office of Research, at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. She manages, supervises, leads and mentors the Research Budget, Clinical, Contract, Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement local and regional teams. Her role involves providing structure, ongoing direction and insight to the day-to-day research activities, including logistical planning of clinical research projects. Marcellina develops and implements expert soft skills and clinical research training, seminars and workshops, to all levels of students and staff regarding research operational standards. Her specialty includes building and establishing Training Departments where none existed. She has designed, planned, coordinated, and implemented Training Programs for Research and other Human Resources Development in the pharmaceutical industry, Academic institutions etc.

Key Accomplishments

Marcellina is a globally Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP), with an expertise in clinical research operations management. Dr. Oparaoji has managed faculty, students and facility and has led teams in the successful procurement and implementation of Federal and State government grants and awards. Marcellina has written, presented on diverse topics and published several articles. In 1998, Dr. Oparaoji received an Honorary Award as an International Educator: Phi Delta Kappa International from the George Washington University, Washington, DC – A Lifelong award. She has also received Community Service and Humanitarian awards.

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