CTSI Profile: Sunita Patil, PhD

December 20, 2019

Sunita Patil, PhD, works with the myRESEARCHnavigators team as a research program leader. Patil works closely with clinical researchers at Duke to point them in the direction of helpful resources and training for their projects.

myRESEARCHnavigators help investigators identify relevant resources, connect with experts, and understand processes and best practices for performing research at Duke. In her role, Dr. Patil helps researchers map out their projects and identify which Duke resources will provide the most relevant support. With hundreds of resources at their disposal, researchers can get easily overwhelmed by the options across the research landscape, Dr. Patil said.

“The Navigators know who to ask so we can guide people to the appropriate resources,” she said. “We help point them in the right direction and follow up to make sure their projects are going well.”

Dr. Patil has been a part of myRESEARCHnavigators since the CTSI’s Rebecca Brouwer and her team were getting the service off the ground. One of the things she enjoys most about being part of the team is how every navigator has his or her own area of expertise.

“We all recognize each other’s strengths and we always work in a cohesive manner,” Dr. Patil said. “We can ask each other for help and involve one another in our consultations. It’s a fun group to work with.”

Outside of work, Dr. Patil enjoys hiking, traveling, and exploring different cultures. She recently took a trip to Spain and Portugal, and she is gearing up for a trip to India.

Dr. Patil has worked in clinical research for the past 15 years. Although her background has focused more on traditional, bench-side research, she feels fulfilled guiding people through the research lifecycle.

“myRESEARCHnavigators is beneficial for any researcher working on a project,” Dr. Patil said. “I get so much satisfaction from meeting with investigators and helping them get their projects started.”