Personnel

Sandra Splinter BonDurant, MS
Core Director, Room 2120 Biotechnology Center
Email: gecinfo@biotech.wisc.edu

Background: Sandra has been a member of the Gene Expression Center since 1999. Prior to coming to the UW, Sandra was a cellular and molecular biologist in the CAPD division, working on antibiotic producing organisms, at Abbott Laboratories, North Chicago, IL. Sandra received her bachelors in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Masters of Applied Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Sandra is the lead project consultant for most GEC services. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the GEC, Sandra also frequently works on bulk RNA-seq library preparation and handles all projects using the Illumina iScan platform.

Harrison Pantera, PhD
Room 2322 Biotechnology Center

Background: Harrison received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020 in the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology graduate program under the supervision of Dr. John Svaren. In his graduate work, he studied transcriptional regulation of a dosage-sensitive gene involved in multiple forms of inherited peripheral neuropathy. Prior to this, Harrison received his bachelors degree in Biochemistry from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

In the GEC, Harrison is responsible for 10X Genomics single cell/single nuclei/spatial transcriptomics projects and NanoString GeoMx projects, including leading consultations for these services as requested. Harrison also maintains the GEC website and updates service forms as needed.

Lauren Wells, BS
Room 2320 Biotechnology Center
Email: gecinfo@biotech.wisc.edu

Background: Lauren has her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. In her undergraduate research she studied organic synthesis of sugar sulfated polymers for use as antiviral agents. She has worked as a chemist in pharmaceutical and environmental industries.

Lauren is the Lab Manager for the GEC and is also responsible for RNA extraction projects and bulk RNA-seq library preparations.

Youngha Kim, MS
Room 2322 Biotechnology Center
Email: gecinfo@biotech.wisc.edu

Background: Youngha received her BS and MS degrees in microbiology and molecular Biology.  She has more than 10 years of experience working in academic and industry research using molecular biotechnology techniques and different cell line cultures.  Her goal is to help and support researchers who are interested in the scientific study of gene expression.

In the GEC, Youngha is responsible for 10X Genomics single cell/single nuclei/spatial transcriptomics projects and is also the lab’s Biosafety and Chemical Hygiene Officer.

Katarina Volkmann, BS
Room 2320 Biotechnology Center
Email: gecinfo@biotech.wisc.edu

Background: Katarina has her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology. In her undergraduate research she studied ecological impacts on coral reefs in Grenada. Prior to coming to UW she researched free-living helminths at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

In the GEC, Katarina is responsible for bulk standard- and long-read RNA-seq library preparation and also trains users for independent access to the Qubit and Bioanalyzer instruments.

Bridget Ladell, MS
Room 2264 Biotechnology Center
Email: gecinfo@biotech.wisc.edu

Background: Bridget received her BS in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 2015 and completed her MS in Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018. Bridget is highly experienced in DNA Sequencing applications and has worked in the UWBC Next Generation Sequencing Core since 2018, where she has also contributed to the UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project.

In addition to overseeing the UWBC Bio-Garage, Bridget has joined the GEC part-time to help with bulk RNA-seq library preparation services.

Carter Ryan
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Background: Coming soon!