Meet the Team

Andrew Monte, MD, PhD is an emergency physician with a sub-specialty in Medical Toxicology. He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Vermont, his MD at the University of Massachusetts, and his PhD in Clinical Sciences with a focus in Genetics from the University of Colorado. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts and his Medical Toxicology Fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center. Dr. Monte has a primary appointment as an Associate Professor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, with affiliate appointments in the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine, and the Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center. Andrew is an avid skier and mountain biker and he enjoys fly fishing and spending time with his wife and two boys enjoying the Colorado Mountains.

Jessica Saben, PhD is the Research Program Manager for Monte-Saben Program. She received her bachelors of science in biology from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2006 and her PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2011. Following her graduate work, Dr. Saben completed two post-doctoral fellowships in women’s reproductive health and metabolism. After moving back to Colorado, she joined the CU Department of Emergency Medicine in 2017. Dr. Saben has expertise in clinical-translational research and project management. In her free time, Dr. Saben enjoys spending time in the beautiful Colorado Rockies with her husband and two kids.


Robert Scheinman, PhD is an Associate Research Professor of Biochemistry in the CU Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Scheinman collaborates with the Monte-Saben lab and is responsible for the design and creation of receptor-based technologies to detect cannabinoids. Dr. Scheinman received his BS in biology from MIT and a PhD in pharmacology from University of WA. He is an expert in molecular biology, transcriptional regulation, and immunology. Dr. Scheinman’s long-term research interests are to engineer cells as therapeutic entities using mobile immune cells as a scaffold for this process. Dr. Scheinman and his wife share a passion for the mountains of Colorado and spend most weekends hiking or skiing.


Shelby Shelton, MPH is a professional research assistant at the University of Colorado, Department of Emergency Medicine. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma and then went to The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. to earn her MPH. Shelby is the project coordinator for the Emergency Medicine Specimen Bank (EMSB) and the Emergency Medicine-Research Assistant Program for Students (EM-RAPS). Shelby trains EM-RAPS undergraduates in informed consent, working in a clinical environment, and being a part of a research team. Her current research interests reside in cardiac arrest data and marijuana-related population studies.


Andrew Hopkinson, BS is a professional research assistant at the University of Colorado, Department of Emergency Medicine. Andrew attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience.  Andrew began his research career at the Barbara Davis Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus but transitioned to the ED in 2017. Andrew is the project coordinator for the Psychoactive Surveillance Consortium and Analysis Network (P-SCAN) which works to identify novel drugs of abuse and gather contextual information about the acquisition and use of psychoactive substances. Andrew enjoys getting outdoors and taking advantage of all that Colorado has to offer.  


Brandon Sonn, MS is a Research Assistant in the Monte-Saben lab and Toxicology PhD Student in the CU, Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Brandon received a bachelor’s of science in microbiology and a MS in Toxicology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Brandon’s dissertation research uses the PEGASUS model to correlate clinical phenotypes with genomes and/or metabolomes to develop predictive models of efficacy as well as potential adverse reactions to therapy. His specific research interest lies in deviations of cardiovascular physiology. Brandon was born and raised in San Francisco and currently enjoys fostering Great Danes and taking care of his 2 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, and freshwater fish collection with his partner Pieter.


Susan Hammerman, BS is a Research Assistant in the Monte-Saben laband Biochemistry MS Student at the University of Colorado Denver. Susan received her bachelors of science in biology from UCD. Susan’s thesis project is includes a retrospective chart review study to characterize patients treated at the UCHealth University Hospital ED for cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) to better understand the pathophysiology of CHS and identify the most effective treatments. In her free time, Susan enjoys skiing with family and friends and playing the piano.


Hania Flaten is a fourth year medical student at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical campus and research assistant in the Monte-Saben lab. She graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in Biology and Spanish. She is finishing her final year of medical school at University of Colorado and is applying to residency in Dermatology. Hania’s research interests include applications of precision medicine and pharmacogenomics in dermatology. When Hania is not in the clinic or the lab, she can be found whitewater kayaking and mountain biking in the Rocky Mountains.


Alexander Boyle is a senior EM-RAPS student in the CU-DEM and currently works closely with Ms. Shelton and the EMSB. Alex is a candidate for a bachelor’s of science in Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver where he has incorporated his passions of bringing justice to inequity, both domestically and internationally. Mr. Boyle has fed his insatiable interest in international sustainable development, pharmacogenomics and access to emergency & trauma services through his work as an EM-RAPS student. In his free time, Alex loves stepping into the Rocky Mountains to go skiing and backpacking. He also spends his time volunteering with local non-profit organizations and enjoys giving back to his local community.