Biorepository and Specimen Resource Center Team

Natalie Polinkse

Natalie Polinske, MS

Manager, Biorepository and Specimen Resource Center

Natalie received her Master of Science degree in Biotechnology from the University of Wisconsin (UW) Madison in 2011. She has been an Aurora caregiver since 2001, working specifically with the biorepository program since 2008 and playing an integral role in its start–up — including sample processing, education and consent training. She continues to manage the program with a focus on building partnerships and collaborations to allow researchers the benefit of the biorepository's sample and data resources.

Kujana Clayton

Kujana Clayton, BS

Research Lab Assistant

Kujana Clayton was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wis., and received her BS in Chemistry from Alverno College. She had worked as a certified pharmacy technician for over 10 years. In 2012, she came to work at Aurora's Specialty Pharmacy in Butler, Wis. Kujana recently transitioned into the Biorepository and Specimen Resource Center (BSRC) as a Research Laboratory Assistant. In this new position, she provides daily operational support by processing biospecimens and also validates consent forms in EPIC.

Matthew DunhamMatthew Dunham, BS

Research Associate

Matthew received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Illinois State University in 2010. Before joining Aurora, he worked as a Research Technologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin, with a focus on bio-banking. Matthew is responsible for tissue processing, storage, distribution and inventory management. Outside of work, Matthew is an avid camper, hiker and rock climber.

Brittany LastBrittany Last, BS

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Brittany worked as a pharmacy technician throughout college, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Valparaiso University in 2008. She began her career with Aurora Health Care in 2010 working in breast cancer research. In 2013, she continued her focus on breast cancer by becoming a research coordinator for Clinical Trials, and recently earning her research certificate. Her area of enrollment is tissue collection, biomarker staining, registry and surgical studies.