Additional Lab Staff

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Undergraduates

Christy Li
Years in lab: Summer 2022
Christy is a Sophomore at UW-Madison majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Biomaterials.  Under the mentorship of Dr. Petra Popovics, she is assisting with immunohistochemistry and imaging as well as tissue and specimen processing for our LUTS Biorepository.  

Vaish Kumar
Years in lab: Summer 2022-present
Vaish is a junior at UW-Madison majoring in Microbiology.  Under the mentorship of Maggie Stangis, he is assisting with experiments investigating the role of FGFs in the development of therapeutic resistance.

Lauren Hackner
Years in lab: Fall 2021 – present
Lauren is a junior at UW-Madison majoring in Pharm Tox/Biochemistry.  Under the mentorship of Dr. Teresa Liu, she is examining the effects of estrogens and steroid metabolism on BPH/LUTS.

Ryan Rezania
Years in lab: Fall 2021 – present
Ryan is a junior at UW-Madison majoring in L&S Honors College Biology with a Global Health Certificate. Under the mentorship of Dr. Teresa Liu, he is studying the effects of aging and cellular senescence on BPH/LUTS.

Lydia Agnew
Years in lab: Fall 2021 – present
Lydia is a junior UW-Madison majoring in Global Health with a Biochemistry certificate and, under the mentorship of Hannah Miles, is studying the effects of DDX3 inhibition on a cellular prostate cancer model and generating CRISPR-Cas9 DDX3 knockout model in vitro.

Kegan Skalitzky
Years in lab: 2020 (work study) & Fall 2021-present (699)
Kegan is a junior at UW-Madison in the Pharmacology and Toxicology program and, under the mentorship of Dr. Petra Popovics, is studying the prostatic immune environment and the role of osteopontin in lower urinary tract dysfunction.

Alumni

Petra Popovics Scientist I/K01 Scholar

Years in lab: 2019-2022

Currently: Assistant Professor, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Elise Schroeder Surg 699 Student

Years in lab: 2021-2022

Natalie Boucher Undergraduate

Years in lab: 2021-2022

Rawan Edreis Undergraduate

Years in lab: 2021-2022

Zafira Kamal Undergraduate

Years in lab: Spring 2022

Thrishna Chathurvedula Associate Research Specialist

Years in lab: 2021

Currently: Medical Scribe, St. Mary’s Hospital (SSM Health), Madison, WI
Asha Jain Surg699 Student

Years in lab: 2020-2021

Currently: Health Unit Coordinator, University Hospital and American Family Children’s Hospital, Madison, WI
Christian Ortiz Hernandez Research Assistant/MS Student

Years in lab: 2018-2021

Currently: Associate Scientist, PPD Inc.,

Madison, WI

Livianna Myklebust Lab Technician

Years in lab: 2018-Spring 2021

Currently: Medical Scientist Training Program at University of Pittsburgh
Riley Medenwald Bio154 & Surg699 undergraduate

Years in lab: Fall 2019-Summer 2021

Currently: Gap year in Chicago, IL
Debra Garvey Research Associate

Year in lab: 2020-2021 

Currently: Study Director at Covance Laboratories, Madison, WI
Gary Bo Liu Surg699 Student/Honorary Associate

Years in lab: 2020-2021

UW School of Pharmacy Student

(entering class Fall ’21)

Dalton McLean Research Assistant/ PhD

Graduate Student (Cancer Biology)
Years 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
Years in lab: 2011-2020
Currently: Senior Scientist in Gene and Cell Therapy, PPD Inc.,
Middleton, WI
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Jordan Vellky  Research Assistant
Years 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
Years in lab: 2019-2020
Currently: UW-Madison Undergraduate (Neurobiology major & Health and Humanities Minor)
Madison, WI
Francesca Van Surg699 Student
Years 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
Years 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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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
Years in lab: 2016-2018
Currently: Chemistry B.S. student, UW-Madison, Honors candidate
Madison, WI
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Adetola Coker Biology
Years in lab: 2016-2018
Currently: Graduate student, Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
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Jessica Williams-Sullivan Bio152 student
Years in lab: 2016-2017
Currently: Bookseller at Politics and Prose Bookstore
Washington D.C.
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Sang (Phillip) Yoon Lee Biochemistry
Years in lab: 2016-2017
Currently: Junior at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI
Amrit Hundal Volunteer
Years in lab: 2016-2017
Chongzhi Sun Microbiology, BS
Years in lab: 2016-2017
Currently: Graduate student-Toxicology, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Stockholm County, Sweden LinkedIn
Taryn James, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher
Years in lab: 2015-2019
Currently: Assistant Scientist, UW-Madison Dept. of Medicine
Madison, WI
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Katelin Cunningham Biology
Years in lab: 2015-2018
Currently: Grants Assistant, Columbia University
New York, NY
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Sean McSweeney Pharmacology-Toxicology & Biology
Years in lab: 2015-2018
Currently: Medical student, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN LinkedIn
Maximiliano Cisneros Biochemistry
Years in lab: 2015-2017
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Stephanie Lemancik Undergraduate Researcher, BS
Years in lab: 2015-2016
Currently: Reporting Associate, Covance Laboratories
Madison, WI
Molly Melissa Morgan PhD, MET
Years in lab: 2014-2019
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Sam Thomas Research Assistant
Years in lab: 2014-2019
Currently: Research Associate, UW-Madison Dept. of Soil Sciences
Madison, WI
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Clara Jeong, PhD Postdoctoral Trainee
Years 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
Years 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
Years in lab: 2013-2016
Currently: NCCPA Certified Physician Assistant
Denver, CO
Stephanie Smith Research Volunteer
Years 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
Years in lab: 2013-2018
Currently: Toxicologist/Consumer Safety Associate, Reckitt Benckiser
New York, NY
Brett Johnson Resident
Years in lab: 2013-2016
Currently: Urologist/Assistant Professor, UT-Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
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Jonathan Ewald, PhD Assistant Scientist
Years in lab: 2013-2015
Currently: Director of Clinical Research at Mercy Medical Center
Springfield, MA
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Qican Weng Bachelors of Science
Years in lab: 2012-2015
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Tyler R. Clapper Years in lab: 2013-2015 Currently: University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
Madison, WI
Calvin W. Lee Years in lab: 2013-2015 Currently: University of Wisconsin-Madison PharmD Program
Madison, WI
Alexandra Giesler Work Study
Years in lab: 2013-2014
Ben Weigman Work study
Years 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
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Matt Brenner-Jedwabnik Undergraduate Researcher
Years in lab: 2012-2015
Currently: Epidemiologist, MPH Project Coordinator, Northwestern LinkedIn
Zachary Helmen Undergraduate Researcher
Years 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
Years in lab: 2012-2014

Currently: Associate at Fish & Richardson P.C.,
Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN
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Priyanka Sehgal Grad Intern/Trainee
Years in lab: 2012-2013
Currently: Medical student
Chuyee (Sam) Xiong Undergraduate Researcher
Years in lab: 2011-2012
Currently: Campus Crusade for Christ Staff
Matthew Houlihan Medical Student
Years 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
Years in lab: 2011-2015
Currently: Urology Resident Physician at University of Washington
Seattle, WA
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Ashleigh Theberge, PhD K12 Scholar
Years in lab: 2011-2014
Currently: Assistant Professor of Chemistry at University of Washington, Seattle, WA LinkedIn
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Miralem Tihomir, PhD Assistant Scientist
Years in lab: 2011-2013
Currently: Research Assistant Professor at University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
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Conrad Valdez, PhD Post-doctorate
Years 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
Years in lab: 2010-2014
Currently: Resident at Scripps Mercy Hospital
San Diego, CA
Michael Moses Graduate student
Years 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
Years in lab: 2007-2011
Currently: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
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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
Years in lab: 2018, 2017

James Nelson
Years 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