Regenerative Medicine Center

Team

Nina Garlie

Nina K. Garlie, PhD

Director

Dr. Garlie received her PhD in Pathology from the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). She has been an Aurora Health Care caregiver since 1996. In addition to serving as the director for the Regenerative Medicine Center, she is the administrative and Cell Processing Laboratory director for the Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Program. She serves on the Aurora Institutional Review Board and is the chair of the Council for Quality Improvement and Compliance in Patient-Centered Research.

Bob Stoltz

Bob Stoltz, MBA, MT (ASCP)

Manager of Research Lab

Bob received his bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from Marquette University and MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Bob worked as a Med Tech in a hospital clinical lab setting before joining Aurora’s Management Team in 2008.

Tracy Hammonds

Tracy Hammonds, PhD

Manager of Cardiovascular Research

Tracy received her PhD in Behavioral Health from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio), where she performed research in cardiopulmonary disease management. She has approximately 10 years of experience in the health care setting, where she has been responsible for managing quality improvement and health-related outcomes research within the cardiovascular service line. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member, where she taught courses in research methods and clinical writing. Dr. Hammonds has presented the results of her research in chronic disease management at various professional meetings and has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Diane Gentilini

Diane Gentilini

Administrative Assistant, Senior

Diane has 15 years of experience in administrative support, originally hired at Aurora in 2011 as a medical transcriptionist and later joining the Regenerative Medicine team in February 2014.

Research Scientists

Santhi Konduri

Santhi Konduri, PhD

Research Scientist, Senior

Dr. Konduri received her doctorate in human genetics from Andhra University, India, and later trained as a research associate at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, one of the premier institutes in India. During her graduate program, she worked on human genetic diseases and the identification of molecular mutations in inborn errors of metabolic diseases.

Dr. Konduri came to the United States in 1998 and joined the Department of Neurosurgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, as a post-doctoral fellow. She worked on brain tumors, in particular, glioblastoma multiforme, gaining significant experience in cell, cancer and molecular biologies, and gene transcription. In 2002, she joined the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, as a research affiliate. There she worked on protein-protein interactions and protein-DNA interactions in breast cancer progression. In 2006, she was recruited to MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando as an assistant professor.

She is currently focusing on targeted therapies to treat brain, breast and pancreatic cancers. Dr. Konduri recently joined Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center. Her areas of research interest include: cell signaling, apoptosis, angiogenesis, tumor proliferation, invasion and metastasis, and protein-protein interactions. She is also interested in combination therapies (chemo/radiation) to treat cancer and identifying and characterizing the genes that cause cancer and drug resistance with the goal of applying this knowledge to the management of cancer patients.

Chang-Hyuk Kwon

Chang-Hyuk Kwon, PhD

Research Scientist, Senior

Dr. Kwon has about 25 years of research experience in both academia and industry in the fields of cancer biology, neuroscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry. Biosketch

Amber LaCrosse

Amber LaCrosse, PhD

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. LaCrosse works as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Neurosciences Research Program in Dr. Kwon's laboratory. She received her Master's degree in Experimental Psychology from Northern Michigan University (Marquette, Michigan) and her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona). She received additional training in the Neuroscience Research Unit at Pfizer Inc. (Groton, Connecticut) as well as Postdoctoral training at the University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida).

Dr. LaCrosse has diverse experimental knowledge of disease modeling, including psychiatric illness, drug addiction and most recently neuro-oncology. Her specialties include In vivo measurement of neurotransmitter release (microdialysis), neurochemical analysis (HPLC), experimental analysis of animal behavior, stereotaxic microsurgery, jugular vein catheter surgery, confocal microscopy, neuronal morphology (diOlistic labeling), gene therapy (Adeno-Associated Virus) and cell culture techniques.

Paul Mintz, PhD

Research Scientist, Senior

Research Associates and other support

Srikant Chakravarthi

Srikant Chakravarthi, MD

Research Associate

Dr. Chakravarthi is a Research Fellow in the Department of Neurosciences and Neurosurgery at the Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute. He received his masters degree in biomedical sciences and oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and his MD from New York Medical College and Autonomous University of Guadalajara. He is currently researching innovative surgical imaging technologies and its applicability in neurosurgery, as well as studying and defining treatment options for brain tumors. He is also studying neurosurgical anatomy with the use of new imaging modalities.

Denise Coley

Denise Coley, MS

Research Associate

Denise received her bachelor's degree in Biology with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular studies and a minor in Chemistry from Tennessee State University. She then went on to receive a master's degree in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Louisville. Denise has been with Aurora since June 2015.

Monica Cucciare

Monica Cucciare

Research Associate

Monica received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from UW-Parkside in 2011. Her previous research experience was related to understanding the molecular mechanisms that underlie Parkinson's disease. Monica joined the Regenerative Medicine Center in September 2015 and is currently working with a team that is trying to develop regenerative therapies to improve outcomes in patients with neurological disease.

Kate Dennert

Kate Dennert

Research Associate, Senior & Data Coordinator, Stem Cell Transplant

Kate received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a focus in Molecular Biology from UW-Parkside. She has been an Aurora caregiver since 2000, previously working in the Transplant Research Lab at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center acquiring several publications. She joined the Regenerative Medicine Center in 2008. She is a part of the Autologous Stem Cell Transplant program and also works on various clinical trials.

Deb Donohoe

Deb Donohoe

Research Associate

Deborah received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Marquette University. She comes to the Aurora team with more than 25 years of experience in biomedical research, has peer reviewed publications and has presented at scientific meetings. She has been with Aurora since August 2014.

Jennifer Frank

Jennifer Frank, MT (ASCP)

Quality Improvement Coordinator, Senior

Jennifer received her bachelor's degree in Medical Technology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has over 20 years of experience in the hospital clinical lab setting and has spent the last nine years overseeing quality in the lab that she supervised prior to joining the Regenerative Medicine team in 2016.

Melanie Guenther

Melanie Guenther

Research Quality Specialist, Senior

Melanie brings expertise in quality and compliance from the health insurance industry. She has led project teams to implement state and federal compliance mandates, coordinated state regulatory reporting and responded to market conduct inquiries, developed internal and external communications and departmental procedures, facilitated effective project meetings utilizing project management tools and techniques, maintained quality systems, managed corrective and preventative action programs, and performed regular internal audits of areas with high potential for compliance/quality-related problems, including billing.

Jennifer Hawes

Jennifer Hawes

Research Associate

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular studies and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in 2014. She has been with Aurora since June 2016.

Jamie Huebschen

Jamie Huebschen, RN

Oncology Program Coordinator, Stem Cell Transplant

Jamie graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has been working for Aurora in the area of oncology since graduation. She has worked on the inpatient oncology floor at Aurora St. Luke’s for 9 years before taking on the ASCT coordinator role in 2013.

Jaime Kroll

Jaime Kroll

Data Coordinator, Stem Cell Transplant

Jaime received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from UW-Platteville in 2001. She joined Aurora in 2007 as a Research Associate and transitioned to Data Coordinator for the Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Program in February of 2012.

Rob Talatzko

Rob Talatzko

Research Associate

Rob graduated from UW-Parkside in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. He has been a caregiver for Aurora Health Care since 2006 and spent his first 7 years working as a Laboratory Technician in the Transfusion Services at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center before joining the Regenerative Medicine Center in January 2014.

Angela Timler

Angela Timler, MS

Research Associate, Senior

Angela received her Master of Science from the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI). She has been an Aurora caregiver since 2005. She is part of the Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Program as well as participates in many Oncology and Cardiac clinical trials.