WiCell Cytogenetics Personnel

Karen Dyer Montgomery, Ph.D.

Director-WiCell Cytogenetics Laboratory

Karen leads WiCell’s team of experienced cytogenetic specialists. She is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics as a clinical cytogeneticist and is a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. (More about Dr. Montgomery)

Anna Lisa Larson, BS, BA

Research Specialist

Anna Lisa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a double major in Italian and Biology, where her research focused on reproductive endocrinology, and comparative osteology.  Before joining the WiCell team in 2011, Anna Lisa worked in the andrology laboratory of a reproductive health clinic in Madison.  Her work in the cytogenetics lab focuses on the culture and harvest of mouse and human cells.

Kimberly Leonhard, CG(ASCP)CM

Research Specialist

Kim’s work at WiCell includes chromosome, FISH, and SKY analysis as well as the culture and harvest of both mouse and human cells. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Genetics and completed the Cytogenetic Technology Program at the Mayo Clinic which led to her certification as a Technologist in Cytogenetics by the American Society for Clinical Pathology. She worked at the Mayo Clinic for a year analyzing chromosomes and performing the culture and harvest of clinical blood samples, then returned to Madison to join WiCell.

Erik McIntire, BS, CG(ASCP)CM

Research Specialist

Erik’s focus in the cytogenetics lab is on karyotyping, FISH, and database development. He graduated from Winona State University with a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology and then completed the Cytogenetic Technology Program at the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. He is certified as a Technologist in Cytogenetics by the American Society for Clinical Pathology. His experience includes cell culture, karyotyping of human cells, and the analysis of FISH signal patterns.

Benjamin Nisler, BS

Research Specialist

Ben’s role in the cytogenetics lab is with array CGH and database development. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, with a double-major in Genetics and Biology. During his time as a college student he volunteered for the Stem Cell Education and Outreach Laboratory and attended the 2008 World Stem Cell Summit where he received recognition for his work on a poster entitled “Stem Cell Research: A Landscape Created by Many Currents.”

Seth Taapken MS, CG(ASCP)CM

Cytogenetics Laboratory and Client Services Manager

Seth joined the cytogenetics laboratory in 2006 and is currently the lab and client services manager. He graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Biology and recently completed his masters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Biotechnology. Prior to work with WiCell, Seth completed a comprehensive clinical cytogenetic training program at Genzyme Genetics and became a certified Technologist in Cytogenetics by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

WiCell Cytogenetics Publications