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Our Staff

Please call 913-588-4765 or email BRCF@kumc.edu for assistance with requests.


Andrew Godwin

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

Chancellors Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Sciences and Endowed Professor
Division Director of Genomic Diagnostics, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Professor and Director of Molecular Oncology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Deputy Director, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Kansas Bioscience Authority Eminent Scholar

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

  • Working with the 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

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Kansas Medical Center
Director, Selective (Surgical) Pathology Fellowship, 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

Dr. Madan did her medical training (MBBS) at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India, and completed a residency in anatomic/clinical pathology at Montefiore Medical Center, 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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Michele Park, BA,  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.


Lauren DiMartino

Lauren DiMartino, AAS,  Program Development Manager,   Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Lauren DiMartino oversees all consenting efforts for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. She earned her Associate's degree in Occupational Science from Heritage College.


Alex Webster

Alex Webster, BS, Clinical Laboratory Supervisor,   Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Alex Webster oversees the processing, banking and annotation of 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.


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Baidan Geele, AAS,  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, AA,  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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Eric Johnson, BA,  Clinical Data Coordinator, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Eric Johnson provides data management and clinical annotation of specimens for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. He earned his certification in Health Information Management Systems from Johnson County Community College and his Bachelor's degree in Psychology with an emphasis in psycholinguistics from The University of Kansas.


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Brenna Beyer, BS, HAN, HIM,  Clinical Data Coordinator, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Brenna Beyer provides data management and clinical annotation of specimens at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Health Information Management at Southern New Hampshire State University.


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Rachel Marshall, AOS,  Research Coordinator, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Rachel Marshall consents patients and facilitates the collections of biospecimen donations at the Westood location of The University of Kansas Hospital for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. She earned her Associate's Degree in Occupational Science and Massage Therapy at Heritage College.


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Cherilyn Thomas,  Research Coordinator, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Cherilyn organizes patient consent and facilitates the collection of biospecimen donations in the surgical units at The University of Kansas Hospital for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

She earned her Phlebotomy Certification in 2012 and her Medical Assistant at in 2016 both from Kansas City Kansas Community College.


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Brook Clos, BA, Hematology Research Coordinator, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Brook Clos consents patients and facilitates the collection of biospecimen donations for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s Westwood location at The University of Kansas Hospital, focusing on
BMT/Heme patients. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at The University of Missouri-Columbia.


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Grant Brady, BA,  Histology Laboratory Coordinator, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Grant Brady processes and banks biospecimen samples donated by individuals participating in the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience from Lake Forest College.


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Nick Vande Kerkhoff, BS,  Histology/Blood Laboratory Coordinator, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Nick processes, banks and delivers biospecimen samples donated by individuals participating in the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Nick works as a float between the histology and blood processing. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences.


Maura Kluthe

Maura Kluthe,  Histotechnician, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Maura Kluthe, processes, banks and delivers biospecimen samples donated by individuals participating in the BRCF at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. She graduated from Blackburn College with a BA in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science. She spent a year gaining experience in research at Washington University School of Medicine.


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Monica Mays, Research Coordinator, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Monica organizes patient consent and facilitates the collection of biospecimen donations in the surgical units at The University of Kansas Hospital for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center.  She has been with The University of Kansas Health System for 5 years.


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Kelli Groh, Research Coordinator, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Kelli Groh consents and facilitates the collection of biospecimen donations for the BRCF at The University of Kansas Cancer Center's Indian Creek location. Earned her Medical Assistant Certification with Phlebotomy Certification from Pinnacle Career Institute - Kansas City.


Samantha Schwartz.Samantha Schwartz, BS, Laboratory Technician, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Samantha Schwartz processes, banks, and delivers biospecimen samples donated by individuals participating in the BRCF at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and gained two years of research experience from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Deanna Santamaria portraitDeanna Santamaria, BA, Laboratory Technician, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Deanna processes, banks, and delivers biospecimen samples donated by individuals participating in the BRCF at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has also gained 4 years of clinical laboratory experience.


Cassidy Nelson portraitCassidy Nelson, BS, Laboratory Technician, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

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


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Grace Uhlenhop, BS, Laboratory Technician, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

Grace Uhlenhop processes, banks, and delivers specimens donated by individuals participating in the BRCF at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas.

 

Biospecimen Repository

University of Kansas Medical Center
Biospecimen Repository Core Facility
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Wahl Hall West, G001
Kansas City KS 66160
913-588-4765
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