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Research Staff

Get to know our research leaders and scientists, find out how to contact them and take a look at their work.

Gundersen Research Institute leadership

Jennifer Kleven medical director of Gundersen Research Institute.
Jennifer Kleven, MD
Medical Director
Craig Richmond, Translational Research Clinical Manager at Gundersen Research Institute.
Craig Richmond, PhD
Translational Research Clinical Manager
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Kelsey Bolton, Gundersen Clinical Research Clinical Manager.
Kelsey Bolton
Clinical Research Clinical Manager
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Alec Fitzsimmons, Gundersen Research Navigation Manager.
Alec Fitzsimmons
Research Navigation Manager
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Colleen Tracy, Gundersen Research Institute Sponsored Programs Office Manager.
Colleen Tracy
Sponsored Programs Office Manager

Translational Research scientists

Portrait of research scientist Karen Cowden Dahl.
Karen Cowden Dahl, PhD
Ovarian Cancer Senior Research Scientist
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Portrait of research scientist Kristopher Lofgren.
Kristopher Lofgren, PhD
Breast Cancer Research Scientist
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Portrait of pariac kenny.
Paraic Kenny, PhD
Director of Kabara Cancer Research Institute Director and Biobank
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Portrait of researcher Steven Lovrich.
Steven Lovrich, PhD
Microbiology Research Scientist
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Portrait of researcher Darby Oldenburg.
Darby Oldenburg, PhD
Virology Senior Research Scientist
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Portrait of research scientist Arich Sabin.
Arick Sabin, DO
Microbiology Laboratory Director
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Research Navigation scientists

Portrait of researcher Barb Bennie.
Barb Bennie, PhD
Research Navigation Biostatistics Senior Research Scientist
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Portrait of researcher Serina Johnson.
Serina Johnson, DNP
Nursing Researcher
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Portrait of researcher Attila Kovacs.
Attila Kovacs, PhD
Research Operations Senior Research Scientist
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Portrait of researcher Kristin Swartz.
Kristin Swartz, PhD
Research Navigation Senior Research Scientist
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Translational Research

We conduct evidence-based, reproducible translational research to answer important questions about improving health outcomes. We’re pursuing clinical breakthroughs in a range of diseases, from breast and ovarian cancer to Lyme disease and beyond. 

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Clinical Trials

Clinical trials at Gundersen for cancer, blood disorders and specialty conditions offer hope and answers. When you enroll in a clinical trial, you become part of something bigger. You may help scientists discover treatments that transform your life and future generations. 

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Research Navigation & Education

The Research Navigation & Education team collaborates with faculty, residents, and medical students to develop original research studies. We provide collaboration and consultation to help you develop and disseminate your research project.

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