Research Staff

Paul Bates

Position title: Senior Research Specialist

Email: pdbates@pediatrics.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 265-2445

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group
1111 Highland Ave, #4136

Haley Bell

Position title: Student Researcher

Email: hcbell@wisc.edu

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group

Amy Ceas

Position title: Student Researcher

Email: ceas@wisc.edu

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group

Monica Cho

Position title: Graduate Research Assistant

Email: mcho54@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 265-2445

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group
1111 Highland Ave, #4136

Matthew Forsberg, PhD

Position title: Assistant Scientist

Email: mhforsberg@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 265-2445

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group
1111 Highland Ave, #4136

Nicholas Hess, PhD

Position title: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Email: njhess@wisc.edu

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group

Chloe King

Position title: Student Researcher

Email: caking5@wisc.edu

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group

Emily Lafeber

Position title: Student Researcher

Email: elafeber@wisc.edu

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group
1111 Highland Ave

Madison Phillips

Position title: Student Researcher

Email: mfphillips2@wisc.edu

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group
1111 Highland Ave

Aicha Quamine

Position title: Graduate Research Assistant

Email: quamine@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 265-2445

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group
1111 Highland Ave, #4136

Sean Rinella, MPH

Position title: Graduate Research Assistant

Email: srinella@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 265-2445

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group
1111 Highland Ave, #4105

Ankita Shahi, PhD

Position title: Assistant Researcher

Email: ashahi@pediatrics.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-7591

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group
Sondel Research Group
1111 Highland Ave, #4136

Lei Shi, PhD

Position title: Associate Scientist

Email: lshi2@wisc.edu

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group

Longzhen Song, PhD

Position title: Assistant Scientist

Email: lsong38@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 265-2445

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group
1111 Highland Ave, #4136

Fernanda Szewc

Position title: Graduate Research Assistant

Email: fmejia4@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 265-2445

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group
1111 Highland Ave, #4136

David Turicek

Position title: Student Researcher

Email: dpturicek@wisc.edu

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group
1111 Highland Ave

Anne Wong

Position title: Student Researcher

Email: ajwong5@wisc.edu

Address:
Hem/Onc & Bone Marrow Trans
Capitini Research Group
1111 Highland Ave

Research Group Alumni

Madeline Adam
Madeline was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who majored in Biology with a certificate in Business. She joined the Capitini Lab in September 2014 and her research involved optimizing therapies for graft-versus-host-disease after allogeneic bone marrow transplant. Madeline graduated in May 2016 and is now a Field Sales Trainer at Medline Industries.

Adeela Ali
Adeela was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who majored in Pharmacology and Toxicology. She joined the Capitini Lab in February 2018 and her research involved testing GD2 CAR T cells against neuroblastoma as well as optimizing expansion of canine NK cells. She was the lab’s first Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellow. Adeela graduated in May 2020 and is now a graduate student at Emory University.

Myriam N Bouchlaka, PhD
Myriam was in the Capitini lab from January 2012 – July 2016. Her translational research focused on developing fluorine-19 as a means of tracking human NK cells by MRI in vivo, inhibiting lymphoma growth with novel combinations of small molecule inhibitors, and on using macrophages to treat radiation-induced injury and GVHD. She was awarded the inaugural American Association of Immunologist’s Careers in Immunology Fellowship. After completing her postdoctoral fellowship, she obtained a position at Arch Oncology. She presently works as an Associate Director of Immuno-Oncology at OncoResponse.

Brittany Bowen
Brittany was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who majored 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 2015 and continued on to medical school to pursue a career in pediatrics.

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 worked in the Capitini laboratory in Summer 2014. He was awarded a Pediatric Oncology Student Training award from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. His project examined the ability of BCL-2 inhibitors to inhibit T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) growth and survival both in vitro and in vivo. After graduating medical school in 2017, Dennis enrolled in a Family Medicine Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN, and is presently in practice at Amita Health in Chicago, IL.

Thomas Esposito
Tom was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who majored 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. He is presently in an Internal Medicine Residency at University of IL Chicago/Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Sarah Fruchtman
Sarah was undergraduate student at University of Wisconsin-Madison who majored in Biology and Jewish Studies. She worked in the Capitini lab in January 2019 – May 2019. She examined the impact of alpha-Tocopheryloxyacetic Acid (a-TEA) on rhabdomyosarcoma development. She presently works as a Healthcare Consultant at Mazars USA.

Tara Gavcovich
Tara graduated from Duke University with a BS in Psychology in 2014 and from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2018. 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 completed a Residency in Pediatrics at Holtz Children’s Hospital at University of Miami.

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 studying GVHD and the graft-versus-leukemia response after allogeneic bone marrow transplant. After graduation, Katelyn obtained a job as a research technician in the Blazar Lab at the University of Minnesota, where she then completed her PhD furthering her studies of GVHD.

Sabrina A. Kabakov
Sabrina was an undergraduate student at University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Nutritional science with a certificate in Global Health. She joined the Capitini Lab in August 2016 and focused on optimizing therapies for T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia through inhibiting the JAK/STAT and BCL2 pathways. Sabrina graduated in May 2019 and is now a Master’s student in Kinesiology with a track in Occupational Sciences in the Ausderau Lab.  https://ausderau.waisman.wisc.edu/people/kabakov-sabrina/

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 obtained her MD at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee, WI. She is presently at MCW completing a Residency in Radiation Oncology.

Miriam Kim, DO
Miriam 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 Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. Miriam was part of the Capitini Lab from July 2016 – June 2018, and her research focus was on developing alternatively activated macrophages for GVHD. Miriam was supported by a St. Baldrick’s Foundation Fellowship. After graduating fellowship in 2018, she went to the University of Minnesota for a specialized BMT fellowship. She is presently an Assistant Professor of Pediatric BMT at Indiana University.

Matthew Kutz
Matthew graduated from UW-Madison with a B.S. in Biology and Neurobiology in 2005. He worked in the Capitini lab as a medical student during the summer 2013 exploring trafficking of NK cells by 19F-MRI to neuroblastoma tumors. He was awarded a Summer Fellowship by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. After graduating medical school in 2016, Matthew completed an Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Washington Medical Center in 2020, where he remains on faculty.

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 JAK1/STAT1 as therapeutic treatment of hematological malignancies. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he worked at Epic where he is an Implementation Project Manager.

Nicholas Mohrdieck
Nick was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who majored in Genetics and Genomics and was on the Men’s Rowing Team. He joined the Capitini Lab in January 2019 and his research involved combining a neuroblastoma vaccine with anti-PD1 checkpoint inhibitor therapy after allogeneic BMT to stimulate T and NK cells. He was the first ever recipient of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation “Staff Giving Campaign” Summer Fellowship and won 1st place for best presentation at the Carbone Cancer Center Research Retreat. Nick graduated in May 2021 and is now working at Medical College of Wisconsin as a Clinical Research Coordinator.

Sydney L. Olson
Sydney was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Biology with a minor in Global Health and Gender/Women’s Studies. She joined the Capitini Lab in June 2015 and her research involved targeting the JAK/STAT pathway and BCL2 on T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Sydney graduated in May 2018 and is now a medical student at Northwestern.

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. Seema was part of the Capitini Lab from August 2012 – June 2015, and her research focus was on using ex vivo activated NK cells to treat neuroblastoma after allogeneic BMT. Seema was supported by a T32 for Physician Scientist Training in Cancer Medicine. After graduating fellowship in 2015, she became an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Oncology at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital.

Lauren Reil
Lauren was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who majored 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 2015 and obtained her PA in Surgery at Carroll University. She is presently working at Aurora Surgery in Grafton, WI.

Erbay Salievski
Erbay was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who majored in Biology. Erbay was part of the Capitini Lab from January 2012 – May 2014, and his research involved the inhibition of JAK1/STAT1 as therapeutic treatment of pediatric hematological malignancies. After graduation in May 2014, Erbay obtained a MS in Biomedical Sciences from Midwestern University and then a PA. He currently practices at Innovative Express Care in Chicago, IL.

Kaitlyn Seibold
Kaitlyn was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who majored in Biology with a certificate in Business and Global Health. She joined the Capitini Lab in January 2016 and her research focused on targeting PRMT5 in lymphoma. Kaitlyn graduated in May 2018 and planned to pursue a career in the medical field, preferably in pediatrics.

Keven J. Stonewall
Keven Stonewall was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Biology. He joined the Capitini Lab in September 2014 and his research involved optimizing NK cell infusions after allogeneic bone marrow transplant. Keven graduated in May 2017 and is now a medical student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
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Kyle Terry
Kyle was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who majored in Medical Microbiology & Immunology.  He joined the Capitini lab in June 2013 and used allogeneic bone marrow transplants (alloBMT) to optimize NK cell infusions for pediatric cancer. Kyle graduated in May 2016 and has been working for Elite medical scribes in an ER in Milwaukee, WI.

Katharine E. Tippins
Katharine was an undergraduate student at University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Neurobiology and Psychology. She joined the Capitini lab in Summer 2017 and studied how allogeneic bone marrow transplant can be used to treat neuroblastoma and osteosarcoma using NK cells through a Summer Fellowship by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. She graduated in May 2019 and is a medical student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kaitlyn Voelz
Katie was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who majored in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Development. She worked in the Capitini Lab January 2012 – May 2012 studying 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 was a medical student at St. George’s University and then a Resident in Pediatrics at University of Buffalo. She is presently a Fellow in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT back at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Kirsti Walker
Kirsti graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013 with a BS/MS in Biotechnology. She obtained her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology in the Capitini lab from November 2014-September 2019. Her research focused on investigating the role of the JAK1/STAT1 pathway and the BCL2 pathway in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She then did a postdoctoral fellowship in the Blazar Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. She is presently working as an Application Scientist in the Cell and Gene Therapy Division at Bio-Techne.