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
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
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
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
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
(Cancer Genetics, July-August 2012)
Screening ethnically diverse human embryonic stem cells identifies a chromosome 20 minimal amplicon conferring growth advantage
(Nature Biotechnology, November 2011)
Recurrent copy number variations in human induced pluripotent stem cells
(Nature Biotechnology, June 2011)
Karyotypic abnormalities in human induced pluripotent stem cells and embryonic stem cells
(Nature Biotechnology, April 2011)
Genetic correction and analysis of induced pluripotent stem cells from a patient with gyrate atrophy
Efficient generation of transgene-free induced pluripotent stem cells from normal and neoplastic bone marrow and cord blood mononuclear cells.
(Blood, February 2011) [Epub ahead of print]
DNA methylation assay for X-chromosome inactivation in female human iPS cells
(Stem Cell Reviews and Reports, 2011)
Automation in an array comparative genomic hybridization laboratory improves throughput and data quality.