Our Staff

Andrew Godwin

Andrew K. Godwin, Ph.D., Director, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Chancellor's Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Sciences Endowed Professor
Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
Director, Molecular Oncology, University of Kansas Medical Center
Deputy Director for Translational Research, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Biorepository Coordinator for the HICTR Translational Technologies Resource Center
KBA Eminent Scholar

Dr. Andrew Godwin oversees the Biospecimen Repository Core Facility (BRCF), including:

  • Working with leadership of The University of Kansas Cancer Center and the University of Kansas Medical Center to obtain the necessary resources to support the further development of this facility
  • Managing personnel within the BRCF with the focus on informed consent, tissue/bodily fluid acquisition and sample annotation
  • Establishing policies regarding standard operating procedures
  • Presiding over the Internal Review Board for the BRCF

Dr. Godwin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania.


Rashna Madan, MBBS Assistant Director, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Kansas Medical Center Director, Post-Sophomore Fellowship in Pathology, University of Kansas Medical Center

Rashna Madan oversees tissue collection from surgical pathology and core histology activities to:

  • Increase the collection of quality tumor tissue samples
  • Oversee the appropriate utilization and selection of tissue from the archived paraffin-embedded tumor samples of the University of Kansas Medical Center Surgical Pathology Department
  • Provide quality control for all BRCF tissue samples via histologic verification
  • Assess and improve diagnostic accuracy in pancreatic, thyroid and bone cytopathology

Madan earned her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degrees from Kasturba Medical College, Maniple, India, and completed a residency in anatomic/clinical pathology at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York. She also completed a fellowship in oncologic pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and a fellowship in cytopathology at Montefiore Medical Center. She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic/Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology.

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Cassaundra Shipman, MAOL, CNA, PBT (ASCP) Program Development Manager, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Cassaundra Shipman oversees all consenting efforts for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. She is certified as a nurse aid and a phlebotomiost. Cassaundra earned her Bachelor of General Studies Psychology with an emphasis in Chemistry and Health Sciences at Wichita State University, and her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership at Baker University.

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Michele Park, B.A., Database Project Manager, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Michele Park oversees all aspects of data management including clinical annotation of samples, identifying samples for disbursement and tracking of samples for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. She earned her Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Kansas.

Sara Kendall

Sara Kendall, B.S., Clinical Laboratory Supervisor, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Sara Kendall oversees the processing, banking and long-term storage activities in the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Life Science and Biology from Kansas State University.

Alex Webster

Alex Webster, B.S., Research Associate, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Alex Webster processes, banks and annotates bodily fluids donated by individuals participating in the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology from Oklahoma State University.

Tara Meyer

Tara Meyer, HT (ASCP), Histotechnologist, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility


Tara Meyer provides expert histotechnology services for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. She completed a NAACLS accredited histology program through the IU School of Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. She is also earned HT Board Certification from American Society for Clinical Pathology. Tara is a member of the National Society of Histotechnology as well as a member of the Missouri Society of Histotechnology.

Eryn Godwin

Eryn Godwin, B.A., Research Coordinator, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Eryn Godwin consents patients and facilitates the collection of biospecimen donations for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center's Westwood location in Breast Imaging. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with concentrations in Criminal Justice and Neuroscience from Elon University.

Sydney Ravenscroft

Sydney Ravenscroft, B.A., Research Coordinator, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Sydney Ravenscroft consents patients and facilitates collection of biospecimen donations at The University of Kansas Hospital and Westwood locations, focusing on BMT/HEME patients for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a dual minor in Public Relations and Mass Media from The University of Missouri- Kansas City.

Anh Pham

Anh Pham, B.S., Research Assistant, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Anh Pham processes, banks and delivers biospecimen samples donated by individuals participating in the BRCF at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. She earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in Biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Natalee Weddle, B.S., Laboratory Technician, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Natalee Weddle processes, banks and annotates bodily fluids donated by individuals participating in the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology.

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Lauren DiMartino, A.A.S, Research Coordinator, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Lauren DiMartino consents patients and facilitates collection of biospecimen donations for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center's Westwood location. She earned her Associate's degree in Occupational Science from Heritage College. 

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Alec Voss, B.S., Laboratory Technician, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Alec Voss processes, banks, and delivers biospecimen samples donated by individuals participating in the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. He graduated from Rockhurst University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. 

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Baidan Geele, A.A.S., Clinical Data Coordinator, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Baidan Geele provides data management and clinical annotation for specimens for the BRCF at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. She earned her Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Management.

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Jake Henley, A.A., Clinical Data Coordinator, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Jake Henley provides data management and clinical annotation of specimens for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. He earned his Associate in Arts from Metropolitan Community College Kansas City.

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Polly Haun, B.S., B.A., Research Coordinator, Biospecimen Repositroy Core Facility

Polly Haun consents patients and facilitates the collection of biospecimen donations for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center's Indian Creek location. She earned dual Bachelor's degrees in Biological Sciences and Spanish from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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