Maria Schaefer

Associate Director Clinical Operations at Aspen Neuroscience

Maria Schaefer has a diverse work experience spanning over several companies and roles. Maria began their career in 1994 as a Research Associate at AFFYMAX and subsequently worked as a Research Associate II at San Francisco State University and Sugen Inc. In 2003, they joined Stanford University where they served as a Laboratory Manager and later as a Lead Clinical Trial Coordinator, overseeing pediatric oncology clinical trials and managing a neurobiology lab. In 2008, Maria joined Geron as a Senior Clinical Trial Associate and later became a Clinical Operations Manager, responsible for managing oncology and regenerative medicine clinical trials. Maria then moved to Gilead Sciences in 2013 as a Clinical Program Management Associate, supporting cardiovascular and diabetes studies. Maria's next position was at Asterias Biotherapeutics as a Senior Manager of Clinical Operations, where they worked until 2019. Following that, they joined Jazz Pharmaceuticals as a Clinical Trial Manager for a brief period in 2019. Maria's most recent position is at Aspen Neuroscience, Inc. where they currently hold the role of Associate Director of Clinical Operations as of February 2022.

Maria Schaefer has a degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Maria also holds a Master's degree in Biology from San Francisco State University. The specific start and end years of their education are not provided.


Previous companies


  • Associate Director Clinical Operations

    February, 2022 - present

  • Sr. Clinical Trial Manager

    May, 2020