Additional Lab Staff

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Undergraduates

Megan Pearce Genetics Megan is a junior at UW-Madison majoring in Genetics. Under the mentorship of Alexis Adrian, she is working on investigating the role of aging in the development of LUTD. Summer 2023-present (699 undergraduate)
Stephanie Li Neurobiology Stephanie is a senior at UW-Madison majoring in Neurobiology. Under the mentorship of Ajinkya Limkar, she is examining the role of Thalidomide as a treatment for BPH/LUTS caused by fibrosis. Summer 2023-present (699 undergraduate)
Elliot Patrenets Molecular and Cellular Biology Elliot is a junior at UW-Madison majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Under the mentorship of Hannah Miles, he is working on sample processing and analysis of chemically labeled glycopeptides as part of the Fragile X Syndrome collaboration. Fall 2022-present (699 undergraduate)
Natalie Boucher Molecular and Cellular Biology Natalie is a sophomore at UW-Madison majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Under the mentorship of Alexis Adrian, she is working on projects examining the contribution of aging to the development of BPH/LUTS. 2021-2022 (work study) &
Fall 2022-present (699 undergraduate)
Vaishnav Kumar Microbiology Vaish is a senior at UW-Madison majoring in Microbiology. Under the mentorship of Hannah Miles, he is studying the impact of combinatorial therapies on protein expression and cellular viability in the BCaP model. Summer 2022-present (699)
Ryan Rezania L&S Honors College Biology w/ Global Health Certificate Ryan is a senior at UW-Madison and, under the mentorship of Dr. Teresa Liu, is examining the contribution of cellular senescence on urinary dysfunction. Fall 2021-present (699)

Alumni

75. Kegan Skalitzky Undergraduate

Years in Lab: 2021-2023

74. Lydia Agnew Undergraduate

Years in Lab: 2021-2023

73. Lauren Hackner Undergraduate

Years in Lab: 2021-2023

72. Vilena Maklakova Senior Research Specialist

Years in Lab: 2022-2023

71. Rachel Irving Administrative Coordinator

Years in lab: 2018-2023

Currently: Executive Assistant to the Graduate School Dean, UW-Madison LinkedIn
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70. Mohamed Abdelmoemen Honorary Research Associate

Years in Lab: 2022

69. Mary (Maggie) Stangis Research Assistant/PhD Student

Years in lab: 2021-2022

Currently: UW-Madison Cancer Biology PhD Student
68. Christy Li Undergraduate

Years in lab: Summer 2022

67. Petra Popovics Scientist I/K01 Scholar

Years in lab: 2019-2022

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

Years in lab: 2021-2022

65. Natalie Boucher Undergraduate

Years in lab: 2021-2022

64. Rawan Edreis Undergraduate

Years in lab: 2021-2022

63. Zafira Kamal Undergraduate

Years in lab: Spring 2022

62. Thrishna Chathurvedula Associate Research Specialist

Years in lab: 2021

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

Years in lab: 2020-2021

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

Years in lab: 2018-2021

Currently: Associate Scientist, PPD Inc.,

Madison, WI

59. Livianna Myklebust Lab Technician

Years in lab: 2018-Spring 2021

Currently: Medical Scientist Training Program at University of Pittsburgh
58. Riley Medenwald undergraduate

Years in lab: Summer 2021

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

Year in lab: 2020-2021

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

Years in lab: 2020-2021

UW School of Pharmacy Student

(entering class Fall ’21)

55. 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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54. Victor Dobak Years in lab: Fall 2019-Spring 2020, Spring 2021 Currently: Undergraduate student, UW-Madison
53. 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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52. 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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51. 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
50. Francesca Van Surg699 Student
Years in lab: 2019-2020
Currently: Application Services Specialist, Epic
Verona, WI
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49. 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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48. Paul Skelton  Biology
Years in lab: 2017-2018
Currently: Medical student, UW-Madison (graduation year 2023)
Madison, WI
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47. Emily Wendel Biochem, BS.
Year in lab: 2017
Currently: Spring 2020 graduate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI
46. 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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45. Izak Walker Biochemistry & Life Sciences Communication
Year in lab: 2018
Currently: Urgent Care Technician, Bozeman Health
Bozeman, MT
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44. Yuchen Ying Biochemistry & Microbiology
Years in lab: 2016-2018
Currently: Chemistry B.S. student, UW-Madison, Honors candidate
Madison, WI
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43. Adetola Coker Biology
Years in lab: 2016-2018
Currently: Graduate student, Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
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42. Jessica Williams-Sullivan Bio152 student
Years in lab: 2016-2017
Currently: Bookseller at Politics and Prose Bookstore
Washington D.C.
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41. Sang (Phillip) Yoon Lee Biochemistry
Years in lab: 2016-2017
Currently: Junior at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI
40. Amrit Hundal Volunteer
Years in lab: 2016-2017
39. Chongzhi Sun Microbiology, BS
Years in lab: 2016-2017
Currently: Graduate student-Toxicology, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Stockholm County, Sweden LinkedIn
38. Taryn James, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher
Years in lab: 2015-2019
Currently: Assistant Scientist, UW-Madison Dept. of Medicine
Madison, WI
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37. Katelin Cunningham Biology
Years in lab: 2015-2018
Currently: Grants Assistant, Columbia University
New York, NY
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36. Sean McSweeney Pharmacology-Toxicology & Biology
Years in lab: 2015-2018
Currently: Medical student, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN LinkedIn
35. Maximiliano Cisneros Biochemistry
Years in lab: 2015-2017
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34. Stephanie Lemancik Undergraduate Researcher, BS
Years in lab: 2015-2016
Currently: Reporting Associate, Covance Laboratories
Madison, WI
33. Molly Melissa Morgan PhD, MET
Years in lab: 2014-2019
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32. Sam Thomas Research Assistant
Years in lab: 2014-2019
Currently: Research Associate, UW-Madison Dept. of Soil Sciences
Madison, WI
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31. 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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30. 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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29. Alexandra Walkush Spanish, BS, 2016
PA, MS, 2020, UC-Denver
Years in lab: 2013-2016
Currently: NCCPA Certified Physician Assistant
Denver, CO
28. Stephanie Smith Research Volunteer
Years in lab: 2014-2015
27. Alexander Becka Shapiro Scholar
Year in lab: 2014
Currently: Resident, USC Internal Medicine Residence Program
Los Angeles, CA
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26. Seth Hymen CALS Capstone Course
Year in lab: 2014
Currently: Hematology Sales Specialist, Abbott Diagnostics Business
Chicago, IL
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25. Chris Spoke, MD Shapiro Scholar
Year in lab: 2014
Currently: Physician, internal Medicine, Abbott Northwestern Doximity
24. Jalissa Wynder Research Assistant
Years in lab: 2013-2018
Currently: Toxicologist/Consumer Safety Associate, Reckitt Benckiser
New York, NY
23. Brett Johnson Resident
Years in lab: 2013-2016
Currently: Urologist/Assistant Professor, UT-Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
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22. 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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21. Qican Weng Bachelors of Science
Years in lab: 2012-2015
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20. Tyler R. Clapper Years in lab: 2013-2015 Currently: University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
Madison, WI
19. Calvin W. Lee Years in lab: 2013-2015 Currently: University of Wisconsin-Madison PharmD Program
Madison, WI
18. Alexandra Giesler Work Study
Years in lab: 2013-2014
17. 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
16. 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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15. Lacmbouh Ade, MD Shapiro Scholar
Year in lab: 2013
Currently: Physician, Family Medicine, Ascension Medical Group
Stanley, WI
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14. Andrew Brunk Shapiro Scholar
Year in lab: 2013
Currently: Anesthesiology Resident, Class of 2020, LSU Health
New Orleans, LA
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13. Matt Brenner-Jedwabnik Undergraduate Researcher
Years in lab: 2012-2015
Currently: Epidemiologist, MPH Project Coordinator, Northwestern LinkedIn
12. Zachary Helmen Undergraduate Researcher
Years in lab: 2012-2014
Currently: Resident Physician in Otolaryngology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine LinkedIn
11. 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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10. Priyanka Sehgal Grad Intern/Trainee
Years in lab: 2012-2013
Currently: Medical student
9. Chuyee (Sam) Xiong Undergraduate Researcher
Years in lab: 2011-2012
Currently: Campus Crusade for Christ Staff
8. 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
7. 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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6. 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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5. Miralem Tihomir, PhD Assistant Scientist
Years in lab: 2011-2013
Currently: Research Assistant Professor at University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
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4. 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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3. Tyler Bauman Undergraduate Researcher & Research Technician
Years in lab: 2010-2014
Currently: Resident at Scripps Mercy Hospital
San Diego, CA
2. 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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1. 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