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Immunotherapy & Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Research Group Members

Immunotherapy & Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Research Group Members

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Madeline J. Adam

Student Researcher

Paul D. Bates

Paul D. Bates

Associate Research Specialist

Myriam N. Bouchlaka, PhD

Myriam N. Bouchlaka, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Brittany L. Bowen

Brittany L. Bowen

Student Researcher

Dennis Ea

Dennis Ea

Medical Student

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Daniel M. Giffin

Student Researcher

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Nicole M. Lane

Graduate Research Assistant

Michael Martinez

Michael Martinez

Student Researcher

Seema Rao, MD

Seema Rao, MD

Fellow

Lauren F. Reil

Lauren F. Reil

Student Researcher

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Keven J. Stonewall

Student Researcher

Kyle D. Terry

Kyle D. Terry

Student Researcher

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Kirsti L. Walker

Graduate Research Assistant

   

Paul D. Bates

Paul graduated from Winona State University in 2006 with a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology. He then spent 5 years working for the National Center for Natural Products Research in Oxford, Mississippi before starting work as an Associate Research Specialist in Pediatric Oncology/Hematology at UW. Paul's primary focus is using mouse models of allogeneic bone marrow transplant to improve therapies for graft-versus-host-disease.

Myriam N. Bouchlaka, PhD

Myriam joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison in January 2012. Her graduate work was performed at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of California, Davis, where she focused on optimizing the anti-tumor effects of using agonistic anti-CD40 and interleukin-2. She also investigated the role of TNF-alpha and other pro-inflammatory cytokines in the systemic toxicities observed with immunotherapies in the context of aging. Her current research is focused on screening and determining the role of Signal Transducer and Activators of Transcription (STAT) molecules, particularly STAT-1, in pediatric leukemia and lymphoma. The projects aim at developing a novel therapy targeting the STAT-1 pathway in hematologic malignancies.

Brittany L. Bowen

Brittany is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis on Child Development. Her project involves optimizing NK cell infusions after allogeneic bone marrow transplant. Brittany plans to graduate in May of 2015 and continue on to medical school to pursue a career in medicine, particularly pediatrics.

Dennis Ea

Dennis is a medical student at UW-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health. He graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in Biology and concentration in Biochemistry in 2013. Dennis joined the Capitini laboratory in June 2014. His project examines the ability of BCL2 inhibitors to inhibit T cell ALL growth and survival both in vitro and in vivo. He will also determine if BCL2 inhibition makes T cell ALL more amenable to immunotherapy.

Michael Martinez

Michael is an undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He began working with the Capitini Lab in October 2011 as part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars program. His current research involves the inhibition of the STAT-1 transcription factor as therapeutic treatment of pediatric hematological malignancies. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, his long-term goals include attending medical school in hopes of becoming a Pediatric Surgeon.

Seema L. Rao, MD

Seema is a fellow in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She did her Pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and is board certified in Pediatrics. After residency, she worked as a General Pediatrician/urgent care physician. Seema joined the Capitini Lab in August 2012, and her research focus is on targeting tumor-associated antigens of pediatric tumors using vaccines and immunotherapy after allogeneic BMT.

Lauren F. Reil

Lauren is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Neurobiology. She joined the Capitini lab in January 2013, and her research involves the inhibition of the JAK1/STAT1 pathway as therapeutic treatment of pediatric hematologic malignancies. Lauren plans to graduate in May of 2015 and then hopes to attend medical school with the long-term goal of becoming a pediatrician.

Kyle D. Terry

Kyle joined the Capitini lab in June 2013 and is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Medical Microbiology & Immunology. He is interested in allogeneic bone marrow transplants (alloBMT) through the use of mouse models, and is currently optimizing NK cell infusions after alloBMT. Kyle plans to graduate in May of 2016 and pursue a career in medicine.

Research Group Alumni

Thomas J. Esposito

Thomas J. Esposito

Tom was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Neurobiology and a certificate in Global Health Studies. He graduated in May of 2014 and pursued a career in medicine. Tom worked in the Capitini lab August 2012 - May 2014, with his research involved optimizing NK cell infusions after allogeneic bone marrow transplant.

Katelyn E. Goodman

Katelyn was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Biology, graduating in May 2012. She worked in the Capitini Lab October 2011 - May 2012 developing vaccines to increase the graft-versus-leukemia response after allogeneic bone marrow transplant. After graduation, Katelyn obtained a job as a research technician.

Sara E. Kelm

Sara E. Kelm

Sara was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Biology and Psychology. She graduated in May of 2014 and hopes to pursue a career in medicine, particularly pediatrics. She worked in the Capitini Lab from June 2012 - May 20124, and was involved in optimizing NK cell infusions after allogeneic bone marrow transplant.

Matthew P. Kutz

Matthew P. Kutz

Matthew was a year medical student at UW-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health. He graduated from UW-Madison with a B.S. in Biology and Neurobiology in 2005 and completed his M.D. in 2014. His work focused on exploring trafficking of NK cells to neuroblastoma tumors.

Mallery R. Olsen

Mallery R. Olsen

Mallery was a medical student at UW-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health. She graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Neuroscience in 2011. There she worked in the Harrington Circadian Rhythm Lab; her research focused on the interactions between the stress response and jet lag in mice. She worked in the Capitini Lab June 2012 - May 2013 working on a translational research project investigating the trafficking of NK cells in mice bearing neuroblastoma.

Erbay Salievski

Erbay Salievski

Erbay was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Biology. He graduated in May of 2014 and pursued a career in medicine. Erbay was part of the Capitini Lab from January 2012 - May 2014, and his research involved the inhibition of the STAT-1 transcription factor as therapeutic treatment of pediatric hematological malignancies.

Kaitlyn M. Voelz

Kaitlyn M. Voelz

Katie was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Development. She worked in the Capitini Lab January 2012 - May 2012 developing vaccines to increase the graft-versus-leukemia response after allogeneic bone marrow transplant. After graduation, Katie enrolled at the University of South Florida to pursue a M.S. In Medical Sciences. She is ultimately interested in pursuing a career in medicine, particularly in pediatrics.


Last updated: 08/21/2014
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