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Sharon E. Blohowiak

Sharon E. Blohowiak

Research Specialist

Natalie C. Dosch

Natalie C. Dosch

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Elyssa F. Guslits

Elyssa F. Guslits

Medical Student

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Kimberly R. Johnson

Medical Student

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Colin M. Korlesky

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Rachel A. Kranch

Rachel A. Kranch

Honorary Fellow

Rebecca S. Lundberg

Rebecca S. Lundberg

Research Assistant

Steven L. Marmer

Steven L. Marmer

Research Assistant

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Heather M. McLimore

Medical Student

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Shannon E. Murray

Medical Student

Deirdre L. O

Deirdre L. O'Sullivan

Medical Student

Emmalie E. Severson

Emmalie E. Severson

Medical Student

Zachary R. Smith

Zachary R. Smith

Research Assistant

Morgan B. Weber

Morgan B. Weber

Medical Student

Rachel M. Weigert

Rachel M. Weigert

Medical Student

Hannah R. Zundel

Hannah R. Zundel

Student Hourly

Micaela E. Zywicki

Micaela E. Zywicki

Undergraduate Research Assistant

   

Sharon Blohowiak

Sharon has been working in the Kling research lab since 2002. She works as the laboratory manager and is responsible for supervision of students, grant management, accounting of lab funds, manuscript submission, and day-to-day laboratory activities. Sharon graduated from UW-Madison in 1996 with a BS in Animal Science and went on to receive her certification and license in secondary biology education. She completed her master’s degree in Administrative Leadership in December 2009 from UW-Milwaukee. She lives in Monticello on a farmette with her husband, Alex and 2 sons, Simon and Henry.

Natalie Dosch

Natalie is an undergraduate at UW-Madison majoring in Nutritional Sciences with certificates in Global Health and African Studies. She is working on a project studying the influences of maternal obesity and newborn iron deficiency on allergic cytokine profiles and asthma predisposition. She hopes to attend medical school after graduating.  She presented her work at the 2014 meeting of the Pediatrics Academic Societies, the international pediatric medicine and research conference.

Elyssa Guslits

Elyssa is a medical student at UW-Madison. She is working on the study investigating the relationship between fetal iron deficiency and cytokine production. She started work in the lab in 2012.

Rachel Kranch

Rachel is a visiting graduate student from the Nutritional Sciences Department at University of Arizona, and is here for a 6-month stay. She is currently researching the effects of intrauterine growth restriction on the fetal kidney renin-angiotensin system. Once Rachel returns to Arizona, she will begin course work to become a Registered Dietician.

Rebecca Lundberg

Rebecca is an undergraduate at UW-Madison studying Biology. She is working on the effects of iron deficiency and diabetes during pregnancy on early kidney development, something important because abnormal early kidney development can lead to lifelong hypertension. She is presenting her work for the 2011 UW URS symposium.

Steven Marmer

Steven is a graduate student at UW-Madison and has worked with the Kling lab since 2008. He graduated in 2011 with a degree in Biochemistry. His project is a subset of the Wisconsin Neonatal Perinatal Quality Collaborative (WINpqc) involvement in the National Implementation of the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program to Reduce Central-line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CABSIs) in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Heather McLimore

Heather is a medical student at UW-Madison. She is working on a clinical Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) study and is interested in understanding if multiple historical pregnancy risk factors for impaired offspring iron status are additive, I.e., are associated with poorer iron status at birth.

Deirdre O’Sullivan

Deirdre is a medical student at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from UW Madison. She started work in the lab in 2014. Her project focuses on ways to improve iron deficiency screening in outpatient clinics by raising awareness of the adverse consequences of iron deficiency during childhood development and examining barriers to screening within clinics. She hopes to eventually work as a pediatrician practicing in the hospital setting.

Emmalie Severson

Emmalie is a medical student at UW-Madison. She is working on a project about quality improvement in the newborn intensive care unit, observing hygiene practices and making recommendations for improvement.

Zachary Smith

Zac is an undergraduate at UW-Madison who is studying the transport of iron across the placenta to the fetus. He is studying the effects of placental iron transporters in IUGR pregnancy and in babies of mothers with diabetes or obesity during pregnancy.

Mary Sun

Mary Sun is a graduate student pursuing her PhD in Nutritional Sciences. She has a Bachelors degree in Nutrition from UC-Davis. Her research focuses on IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction), nitric oxide, hypoxia inducible factor and placental iron transport. She has presented her work at the 2010 and 2011 Midwest Society for Pediatric Research in October, 2010 Society for the Study of Reproduction; 2011 Society for Gynecological Investigation, 2011 Developmental Origins of Human Adult Disease. Mary is also involved with the UW-Madison Badminton Club.

Morgan Weber

Morgan is a medical student at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. She started work in the lab in 2014. She is working on a study investigating the relationship between maternal obesity, fetal iron deficiency, and infant immune system development.

Micaela Zywicki

Micaela is an undergraduate student at UW-Madison majoring in Genetics with a certificate in Global Health. She started work in the lab in 2014. Her research involves Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR), which is linked to developmental programming of lifelong pathophysiology. She studies fetal sheep biochemical values in IUGR through measures reflecting placental, liver, and fetal kidney dysfunction. Her career goal is to attend medical school and work in the field of Pediatrics.

Kling Lab Alumni

Mary E. Bacsik

Mary Bacsik

Mary worked in the Kling lab as a medical student at UW-Madison. She was part of the team with the Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) study in the summer of 2010. Her research involved the link between eosinophilia at 6 months and iron status at birth. She presented her research at the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research in October 2010.

Beth A. Fischer

Beth Fischer

Beth was the Iron Deficiency Anemia in Infancy (IDA) Study Coordinator from 2007-2009 and then managed the data and analysis for the study. She is now Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Zane State College in Ohio. Her major research interest was whether stress in pregnancy interferes with transport of iron to the fetus.

Karen P. Flores

Karen Flores

Karen worked in the Kling lab as an undergraduate at UW-Madison. She was very interested in cell biology, stem cell research. She studied the effect of Epo and iron supplementation on brain growth and presented this research at the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research in October of 2010 and 2011 and International Pediatric Academic Society in 2011.

Jason M. Habeck

Jason Habeck

Jason Habeck started working in the Kling lab in 2007 as an undergraduate, continuing on to medical school in 2008. Jason then went on to complete a research project in our lab in 2009, when he studied placental iron transport in the ovine model. Jason was accepted into the Research Honors program at the UW SMPH and graduated in 2012 with research honors.

Patrick J. Halbach

Patrick Halbach

Patrick worked in the Kling lab as an undergraduate studying Biology at UW-Madison. His research focused on the interplay between lead and iron in cord blood of infants at-risk for iron deficiency, which is part of the Iron Deficiency Anemia in Infancy (IDA) study. He presented his research at the Midwest and National Societies for Pediatric Research in October 2010 and May 2011.

Sheena S. Hirschfield

Sheena Hirschfield

Sheena worked in the Kling lab as an undergraduate at UW-Madison studying Biology. She graduated and began a biotechnology career. Her research interests included pediatric anemia and pediatrics, but has a personal interest in proteins. Sheena was a phlebotomist for the Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) study and Meriter Hospital. Sheena presented her work on maternal stress from the IDA study and fetal iron status at various research symposia throughout the Midwest.

Alyssa K. Phillips

Alyssa Phillips

Alyssa worked in the Kling lab from 2009-2011. She has a Bachelors degree in Biology from UW-Madison. She primarily coordinated the Iron Deficiency Anemia in Infancy (IDA) clinical research project and studied the impact of maternal obesity on newborn health. She received her graduate degree in Nutritional Sciences in the fall of 2011.

Alex T. Quilling

Alex Quilling

Alex was an undergraduate of Biochemistry at UW-Madison and worked in the Kling lab from 2010-2013. He was examining the presence of iron deficiency impacts enteral iron absorption in infancy. He was also a phlebotomist for the Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) study and for Meriter Hospital. He presented his work for the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research in October 2011 and submitted work for the 2012 International Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in 2012.

Rachel M. Weigert

Rachel Weigert

Rachel was a medical student at UW-Madison while working in the Kling lab. She was part of the team with the Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) study in the summer of 2011. Her research involved the link between eosinophilia at 6 months and iron status at birth. She presented her research at the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research in October 2011.


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