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Immunotherapy & Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Research Group Members

Immunotherapy & Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Research Group Members

Madeline J. Adam

Madeline J. Adam

Student Researcher

Paul D. Bates

Paul D. Bates

Associate Research Specialist

Myriam N. Bouchlaka, PhD

Myriam N. Bouchlaka, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Miriam G. Kim

Miriam G. Kim

Fellow

Sydney L. Olson

Sydney L. Olson

Student Researcher

Keven J. Stonewall

Keven J. Stonewall

Student Researcher

Kyle D. Terry

Kyle D. Terry

Student Researcher

Kirsti L. Walker

Kirsti L. Walker

Graduate Research Assistant

Madeline Adam

Madeline is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Biology with a certificate in Business. She joined the Capitini Lab in September 2014 and her research involves optimizing therapies for graft-versus-host-disease after allogenic bone marrow transplant. Madeline plans to graduate in May of 2016 and pursue a career in the medical field.

Paul 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 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.

Sydney Olson

Sydney is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Biology with certificates in Global Health and Gender/Women's Studies. She joined the Capitini Lab in June 2015 and her research involves treating neuroblastoma after allogeneic bone marrow transplant. She is also optimizing therapies for T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia by targeting the JAK/STAT pathway and BCL2 molecule. Sydney plans to graduate in May 2018 and pursue a career in medicine.

Keven Stonewall

Keven Stonewall is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Biology. He joined the Capitini Lab in September 2014 and his research involves optimizing NK cell infusions after allogeneic bone marrow transplant. Keven plans to graduate in May 2017 and pursue a career in pediatric oncology.

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Kyle 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.

Kirsti Walker

Kirsti graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013 with a BS/MS in Biotechnology. There she focused on the interplay between cell death and axon guidance in Drosophila melanogaster. She joined the Capitini lab as a PhD candidate in November of 2014. Her current research focuses on investigating the role of the JAK/STAT signaling pathway and the anti-apoptotic molecule B-cell lymphoma 2 (BCL2) pathway in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). The project aims at developing a novel combination therapy targeting both pathways.

Research Group Alumni

Brittany Bowen

Brittany Bowen

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

Thomas Esposito

Thomas Esposito

Tom was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Neurobiology and a certificate in Global Health Studies. Tom worked in the Capitini lab August 2012 - May 2014, and his research involved optimizing NK cell infusions after allogeneic bone marrow transplant. He graduated in May 2014 and enrolled in A.T Still University's School of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, AZ.

Tara Gavcovich

Tara Gavcovich

Tara is a second year medical student at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She graduated from Duke University with a BS in Psychology in 2014. She worked for the Capitini Lab in Summer 2015 exploring usage of immunocytokines for neuroblastoma after allogeneic bone marrow transplant. She also studied combination therapies for T-ALL involving the JAK/STAT and Bcl-2 molecular pathways. Tara plans to graduate in 2018 and pursue a career in Pediatrics.

Katelyn 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 Kelm

Sara Kelm

Sara was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Biology and Psychology. She worked in the Capitini Lab from June 2012 - May 2014, and was involved in optimizing NK cell infusions after allogeneic bone marrow transplant. She graduated in May 2014 and enrolled at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.

Matthew Kutz

Matthew 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.

Michael Martinez

Michael Martinez

Michael was an undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He worked with the Capitini Lab from October 2011 - May 2015 as part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars program. His research involved 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 includes attending medical school in hopes of becoming a Pediatric Surgeon.

Mallery Olsen

Mallery 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.

Seema Rao, MD

Seema Rao, MD

Seema was 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 was part of the Capitini Lab from August 2012 - June 2015, and her research focus was on targeting tumor-associated antigens of pediatric tumors using vaccines and immunotherapy after allogeneic BMT.

Lauren Reil

Lauren Reil

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

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 Voelz

Kaitlyn 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.

Dennis Ea

Dennis Ea

Dennis was 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 examined the ability of BCL2 inhibitors to inhibit T cell ALL growth and survival both in vitro and in vivo. He also worked to determine if BCL2 inhibition makes T cell ALL more amenable to immunotherapy.


Last updated: 07/27/2015
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