The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Merck Journeys: Career Conversations within Clinical Research

Discover the exciting world of clinical research at Merck during this informative event.

Date: May 29, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Engage with professionals from Clinical Data Management, Clinical Science and Study Management, and Clinical Research Associate roles as they discuss their careers, the industry, and their experiences at Merck. Gain valuable insights into the skills and qualifications needed to succeed in these roles, and learn about the rewarding opportunities available within Merck’s clinical research teams. Don’t miss this chance to explore a fulfilling career in clinical research with Merck.


Julia Buoscio
Associate Clinical Research Associate

Julia Buoscio joined Merck as an intern in the oncology therapeutic area of Clinical Science & Study Management (CSSM). After her internship ended, she remained at the company beginning her full-time career as a Clinical Trials Coordinator (CTC) in 2022 working on various studies within oncology and infectious diseases & vaccines. In 2023, she promoted to an Associate Clinical Research Associate (ACRA) and currently supports in several studies in oncology and general medicine.

Andrea Black
Director, Site Management & Monitoring

Andrea Black began her career as a Clinical Research Associate at a Contract Research Organization (CRO) in Nashville, Tennessee. After working as a Clinical Scientist and Clinical Research Associate Manager in the pharmaceutical industry, she joined Merck in 2009. During her experience at Merck, she worked as a Clinical Research Associate Manager and Clinical Research Manager (project management) in Oncology which prepared her for her current role as the Director of Site Management and Monitoring in the Southeast where she focuses on strategies to improve the monitoring organization within her region.

Jilleen Isaac
Associate Director, Study Manager Clinical Sciences and Study Management (CSSM)

Jilleen started in the respiratory group in clinical research in the late 1990’s work on allergic rhinitis studies. She has held multiple positions at Merck supporting many areas including clinical, operations and data management and worked in multiple therapeutic areas including cardiovascular, diabetes, immunology and women’s health. She is currently the lead Study Manager for a metabolic dysfunction-associated steatohepatitis (MASH) study and is looking forward to contributing towards treatments within this area.

Kevin Gergich
Executive Director, Section Head – Oncology Clinical Operations, GCTO Due Diligence

Kevin Gergich started at Merck in the late 1990s in clinical research focused on post-marketing trials. Over subsequent years, Kevin worked across several therapeutic areas and led studies throughout all phases of development. Approximately 15 years ago, Kevin transferred his therapeutic focus to oncology where he has remained to this day. In addition to becoming a manager, he has led multiple studies and programs across the company’s oncology portfolio prior to promoting into his current role which supports the initial phase one studies in Merck’s oncology pipeline.

Patrice Benner
Senior Director, Global Data Operations Regional Head – North America

Patrice Benner started her journey at Merck in Clinical Receiving as a contract employee which opened the door to move into a permanent role in Good Manufacturing Compliance and later into Clinical Data Management. She has worked in various therapeutic areas including infectious diseases, neuroscience, cardiovascular, oncology and vaccines on many notably programs. She has held roles of varying responsibility in program management, people management and risk management all of which have contributed to her current role as the Regional Head of North America Global Data Operations.

Mason Hart
Senior Clinical Data Manager

Mason Hart began his journey at Merck in 2022 as a Clinical Data Manager (CDM) within Global Data Operations (GDO). During his first year of employment, he contributed towards multiple trial milestones within the oncology portfolio’s bladder indication, mentored newly hired Clinical Data Managers and supported Global Data Operations initiatives. He was promoted to Senior Clinical Data Manager in November of 2023 and has since supported numerous trials and training initiatives within the United States Data Management Center.

Marcie Dos Santos
Manual Encoding Lead, GDO

Marcie Dos Santos started her journey with clinical trial outcome data in Merck’s medical education group as a Medical Speaker Liaison. She supported a speaker faculty of cardiometabolic health care professionals contracted to deliver Merck medical forum programs to other health care professionals. Over a period of nine years, Marcie worked her way up to a Senior Medical Speaker Liaison role supporting various additional faculties in therapeutic areas such as anesthesia, women’s health, HIV, respiratory and antibiotics/antivirals. In order to take a deeper dive into clinical data, Marcie joined the encoding and vocabulary standards team as an Encoder I to perform medical encoding on clinical trial patient data. After a year and half, she was promoted to her current role as a Manual Encoding Lead overseeing the encoding process for 12 clinical trials across multiple therapies including oncology, cardiovascular, antiviral and endocrinology.

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