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

Research Technologist

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.

Brittany LastBrittany Last, CCRC

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.

Adriana NewsonAdriana Newson

Research Technologist

Adriana received her Bachelors of Science from Mount Mary University, majoring in Biological Health Science and minoring in Chemistry. Throughout college, she worked as a Microbiology Lab Technician. After graduation, she continued to work in microbiology for Miller Coors Brewing. She began her research career at the Medical College of Wisconsin as a biophysics research technician. Her new position at Aurora Research Institute will involve connecting cardiovascular research studies with the Biorepository Specimen and Resource Center to obtain consented tissue samples.