University of Wisconsin–Madison

Additional Lab Staff

  • Undergraduates

    Elise Schroeder
    Years in lab: Spring 2021 – present
    Elise is a junior at UW-Madison and, under the mentorship of Dr. Petra Popovics, is studying the role of inflammatory cytokines in prostatic fibrosis and lower urinary tract dysfunction. She is analyzing samples from multiple lower urinary dysfunction mouse models, as well as fixed human prostates. 

    Gary Bo Liu
    Years in lab: 2020 – present
    Gary graduated UW-Madison with a Biology B.S. in December 202o, and is a graduate of the Biocore Honors Program. He is volunteering within the Ricke lab under the mentorship of Dr. Teresa Liu, and is working to create 3d reconstructions of embryonic 18 (E18) mouse urogenital tracts (UGTs).

    Kegan Skalitzky
    Years in lab: 2020 – present
    Kegan is a work-study and 699 undergraduate, working to update the Ricke lab’s numerous databases, and also performs our general lab maintenance.

    Riley Medenwald
    Years in lab: 2019 – present
    Riley, under the mentorship of Dr. Teresa Liu, is assisting with quantification of Void Spot Assays (VSAs).

    Asha Jain
    Years in lab: 2019 – present
    Asha completed a SPUUR internship in the Ricke lab in 2019 while she studied disease-related changes in cell-type composition in the mouse prostatic urethra. She returned in the Spring of 2020 and, under the mentorship of Dr. Petra Popovics, is studying the role of osteopontin in prostatic inflammation. She was awarded a University of Wisconsin-Madison Sophomore Research Fellowship for her proposal entitled: “Investigating the Role of Inflammatory Molecule Ostepontin on Prostatic Fibrogenesis and Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction.”

  • Alumni

     

    Dalton McLean Research Assistant/ PhD

    Graduate Student (Cancer Biology)
    Year in lab: 2014-2020

    Currently: Post-doctoral fellowship at UW-Madison, Laboratory of Dr. Christopher Bradfield LinkedIn
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    Victor Dobak Years in lab: Fall 2019 – Spring 2020, Spring 2021 Currently: Undergraduate student, UW-Madison
    Kristen Uchtmann Lab Manager
    Year in lab: 2011-2020
    Currently: Senior Scientist in Gene and Cell Therapy, PPD Inc.,
    Middleton, WI
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    ResearchGate
    Jordan Vellky  Research Assistant
    Year in lab: 2014-2020
    Currently: Post-doctoral researcher, Vander Griend Lab, University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL LinkedIn
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    Casey O’Connor Neurobiology Minor: Health and Humanities
    Year in lab: 2019-2020
    Currently: UW-Madison Undergraduate (Neurobiology major & Health and Humanities Minor)
    Madison, WI
    Francesca Van Surg699 Student
    Year in lab: 2019-2020
    Currently: Application Services Specialist, Epic
    Verona, WI
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    Sunwoo Bae Biochemistry
    Year in lab: 2018
    Currently: Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
    Raleigh-Durham, NC
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    Paul Skelton  Biology
    Year in lab: 2017-2018
    Currently: Medical student, UW-Madison (graduation year 2023)
    Madison, WI
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    Emily Wendel Biochem, BS.
    Year in lab: 2017
    Currently: Spring 2020 graduate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Madison, WI
    Devin Deegan Education Policy & Psychology, BA, 2019

    Educational Leadership & Policy, MS, 2020
    Year in lab: 2017

    Currently: Student Employment and Engagement Specialist, UW-Madison
    Madison WI
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    Office of Financial Aid
    Izak Walker Biochemistry & Life Sciences Communication
    Year in lab: 2018
    Currently: Urgent Care Technician, Bozeman Health
    Bozeman, MT
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    Yuchen Ying Biochemistry & Microbiology
    Year in lab: 2016-2018
    Currently: Chemistry B.S. student, UW-Madison, Honors candidate
    Madison, WI
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    Adetola Coker Biology
    Year in lab: 2016-2018
    Currently: Graduate student, Medical College of Wisconsin
    Milwaukee, WI
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    Jessica Williams-Sullivan Bio152 student
    Year in lab: 2016-2017
    Currently: Bookseller at Politics and Prose Bookstore
    Washington D.C.
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    Sang (Phillip) Yoon Lee Biochemistry
    Year in lab: 2016-2017
    Currently: Junior at University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Madison, WI
    Amrit Hundal Volunteer
    Year in lab: 2016-2017
    Chongzhi Sun Microbiology, BS
    Year in lab: 2016-2017
    Currently: Graduate student-Toxicology, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Stockholm County, Sweden LinkedIn
    Taryn James, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher
    Year in lab: 2015-2019
    Currently: Assistant Scientist, UW-Madison Dept. of Medicine
    Madison, WI
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    Katelin Cunningham Biology
    Year in lab: 2015-2018
    Currently: Grants Assistant, Columbia University
    New York, NY
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    Sean McSweeney Pharmacology-Toxicology & Biology
    Year in lab: 2015-2018
    Currently: Medical student, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN LinkedIn
    Maximiliano Cisneros Biochemistry
    Year in lab: 2015-2017
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    Stephanie Lemancik Undergraduate Researcher, BS
    Year in lab: 2015-2016
    Currently: Reporting Associate, Covance Laboratories
    Madison, WI
    Molly Melissa Morgan PhD, MET
    Year in lab: 2014-2019
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    Sam Thomas Research Assistant
    Year in lab: 2014-2019
    Currently: Research Associate, UW-Madison Dept. of Soil Sciences
    Madison, WI
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    Clara Jeong, PhD Postdoctoral Trainee
    Year in lab: 2014-2017
    Currently: Toxicologist at Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS), Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health
    Madison, WI
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    Gary Karagodsky Research Volunteer and SURG699
    Year in lab: 2014-2016
    Currently: Incoming PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident, Marshfield Clinic Health System
    Milwaukee, WI
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    Alexandra Walkush Spanish, BS, 2016
    PA, MS, 2020, UC-Denver
    Year in lab: 2013-2016
    Currently: NCCPA Certified Physician Assistant
    Denver, CO
    Stephanie Smith Research Volunteer
    Year in lab: 2014-2015
    Alexander Becka Shapiro Scholar
    Year in lab: 2014
    Currently: Resident, USC Internal Medicine Residence Program
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Seth Hymen CALS Capstone Course
    Year in lab: 2014
    Currently: Hematology Sales Specialist, Abbott Diagnostics Business
    Chicago, IL
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    Chris Spoke, MD Shapiro Scholar
    Year in lab: 2014
    Currently: Physician, internal Medicine, Abbott Northwestern Doximity
    Jalissa Wynder Research Assistant
    Year in lab: 2013-2018
    Currently: Toxicologist/Consumer Safety Associate, Reckitt Benckiser
    New York, NY
    Brett Johnson Resident
    Year in lab: 2013-2016
    Currently: Urologist/Assistant Professor, UT-Southwestern Medical Center
    Dallas, TX
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    Jonathan Ewald, PhD Assistant Scientist
    Year in lab: 2013-2015
    Currently: Director of Clinical Research at Mercy Medical Center
    Springfield, MA
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    Qican Weng Bachelors of Science
    Year in lab: 2012-2015
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    Tyler R. Clapper Year in lab: 2013-2015 Currently: University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
    Madison, WI
    Calvin W. Lee Year in lab: 2013-2015 Currently: University of Wisconsin-Madison PharmD Program
    Madison, WI
    Alexandra Giesler Work Study
    Year in lab: 2013-2014
    Ben Weigman Work study
    Year in lab: 2013-2015
    Currently: Medical Intern (transitional year) at Brandon Regional Hospital HCA Healthcare/USF Morsani, Temple Terrace, FL. In June ’21, moving to Phoenix, AZ for Radiology residency at Creighton University Affiliated Hospitals
    Katy Omernick Shapiro Scholar
    Year in lab: 2013
    Currently: Research Assistant, Institute for Molecular Virology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Madison, WI
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    Lacmbouh Ade, MD Shapiro Scholar
    Year in lab: 2013
    Currently: Physician, Family Medicine, Ascension Medical Group
    Stanley, WI
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    Andrew Brunk Shapiro Scholar
    Year in lab: 2013
    Currently: Anesthesiology Resident, Class of 2020, LSU Health
    New Orleans, LA
    LSU Health
    Matt Brenner-Jedwabnik Undergraduate Researcher
    Year in lab: 2012-2015
    Currently: Epidemiologist, MPH Project Coordinator, Northwestern LinkedIn
    Zachary Helmen Undergraduate Researcher
    Year in lab: 2012-2014
    Currently: Resident Physician in Otolaryngology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine LinkedIn
    Veena Tripathi Neuroobiology & Political Science, BS, 2014

    JD, 2019, University of Minnesota Law School
    Year in lab: 2012-2014

    Currently: Associate at Fish & Richardson P.C.,
    Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN
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    Priyanka Sehgal Grad Intern/Trainee
    Year in lab: 2012-2013
    Currently: Medical student
    Chuyee (Sam) Xiong Undergraduate Researcher
    Year in lab: 2011-2012
    Currently: Campus Crusade for Christ Staff
    Matthew Houlihan Medical Student
    Year in lab: 2012-2013
    Currently: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Urology Specialist, Illinois (Advocate Good Sheperd Hospital, Advocate Sherman Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Huntley, Northwestern Medicine McHenry), Evanston, IL
    Tristan Nicholson, MD/PhD MD/PhD Student
    Year in lab: 2011-2015
    Currently: Urology Resident Physician at University of Washington
    Seattle, WA
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    ResearchGate
    Ashleigh Theberge, PhD K12 Scholar
    Year in lab: 2011-2014
    Currently: Assistant Professor of Chemistry at University of Washington, Seattle, WA LinkedIn
    ResearchGate
    Miralem Tihomir, PhD Assistant Scientist
    Year in lab: 2011-2013
    Currently: Research Assistant Professor at University of Rochester
    Rochester, NY
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    Conrad Valdez, PhD Post-doctorate
    Year in lab: 2011-2013
    Currently: Previous Postdoctoral fellow at University of Wisconsin- Madison
    Madison, WI
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    Tyler Bauman Undergraduate Researcher & Research Technician
    Year in lab: 2010-2014
    Currently: Resident at Scripps Mercy Hospital
    San Diego, CA
    Michael Moses Graduate student
    Year in lab: 2008-2010
    Currently: CMC Reviewer (Biologics), Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    Washington, D.C.
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    Nikesha Haynes M.S. Graduate Research Assistant
    Year in lab: 2007-2011
    Currently: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Rochester
    Rochester, NY
    University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Summer Interns

    Livianna Myklebust
    Currently: Post-baccalaureate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ricke Lab
    Year in lab: 2019

    Francesca Van
    Currently: Quality Assurance Tester at Epic
    Year in lab: 2019

    Asha Jain
    Currently: Undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Year in lab: 2019

    Izak Walker
    Currently: Urgent Care Technician at Bozeman Health
    Year in lab: 2018

    Katelin Cunningham
    Currently: Grants Assistant at Columbia University
    Year in lab: 2018, 2017

    James Nelson
    Year in lab: 2018, 2017

    Adetola Coker
    Currently: Incoming 1st year medical student at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
    Year in lab: 2017

    Sarah Johnson
    Year in lab: 2017

    Andew Achenriener
    Year in lab: 2016

    Leema John
    Currently: Senior Systems Engineer at Eli Lily and Company – Research and Development
    Year in lab: 2016

    Rochely Luna
    Year in lab: 2015

    Andy Vega
    Currently: General Chemistry Tutor at the University of Puerto Rico Arecibo
    Year in lab: 2015

    Isaac Beaubrun
    Year in lab: 2014

    Jenny Vo
    Currently: M.S. graduate student research at the University of California, Santa Cruz
    Year in lab: 2014

    Sophie Grutzner
    Currently: Research technician, Liqun Luo Lab at Stanford University
    Year in lab: 2011

    Erik Faber
    Currently: M.D./PhD student at the University of Minnesota
    Year in lab: 2010