CLINICAL RESEARCH TEAM

Lindsay Basto RN MSN 

Manager

Clinical Research

Laurencia Perea RN BSN

Clinical Research Nurse

Lindsay has been leading clinical research related to islet transplantation since 2012. This year she was promoted to the position of the Clinical Research Manager to supervise the execution of research projects related to solid organ and islet transplantation in our Transplant Institute.

Laurencia is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma with experience in Phase I clinical trials. She has just joined the team as Clinical Research Nurse.

Piotr Jerzy Bachul MD

Research Fellow

Damian Grybowski  MD 

Research Fellow

Dr. Bachul accomplished his surgical training at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and initiated his research training in solid organ and islet transplantation at the University of Chicago in July 2017.

Damian has recently joined our team.

He graduated from the Medical University of  Poznan, Poland and pursued his research fellowship in transplantation at the University of Pittsburg, PA.

Roi Atenby

Medical Student 

Collaborator

Aaron Lucander

Student- Collaborator 

Roi is from Tel Aviv University Israel, was accepted to a clinical surgical elective in the transplant service at UCM. After excelling in the clinical elective, he was enthusiastic in joining our research team as a project collaborator. His work focuses on the results of islet transplants in type 1 Diabetes Mellitus patients and the role of autoantibodies as possible future biomarkers.

Aaron recently graduated from Duke University and plans to attend medical school. His strong interests in clinical transplantation and autoimmunity motivated him to collaborate with our team.

CELL PROCESSING RESEARCH TEAM

Karolina Golab PhD

Lab Manager,

Pancreatic Islet and

T regulatory Cell

Project Manager

Ling-jia Wang  MD PhD Technical Director, 

BLA Senior Project Manager, 

Islet Transplantation

CLINICAL TEAM

Martin is indispensable making sure that we can smoothly carry out all our experiments. He oversights supplies, equipment and logistics related to the experiments. 

We are looking for a lab technician who would join our team and be involved in pancreatic islets isolation for clinical transplantation. 

 

Technician will also participate in T regulatory cell processing for clinical application. 

 

Link to apply HERE.

As a scientist, Karolina has been leading our T regulatory cell ex vivo expansion project bringing us closer to the first clinical application. As a manager, she organize and supervise daily activity of the lab.

Ling-jia has been devoted expert in the clinical islet isolation and now is focused on preparation of our application for a Biological License to FDA. 

Martin Tibudan MS 
Transplant Research

Specialist

GMP Lab Tech Needed!!!

 

 We are Hiring NOW!

 

Amanda Buerress

Transplant

Physician Assistant

Donna Komuda 

Transplant

Nurse Practitioner

Amanda takes care of the patients, when they are admitted to the hospital for transplant procedures. She directly communicates with patients, providing them comfort, minimize stress and pain as well as makes sure all tests related to their care as well as study protocols are carried out properly.

Donna plays the same role as Amanda. She also comforts patients when in the hospital, ordering necessary medications and tests, arranging consultation alleviating pain and stress. She constantly coordinates patient care when in the hospital.

Christine Trotter  

Transplant Nurse Practitioner 

After 9 years of exemplary service to our patients, Christine decided to purse new exiting career opportunities. 

Jesus Rodrigez III,  

Organ Procurement Coordinator 

Richard Cummings 

Organ Procurement Coordinator 

Jesse is working day and night-24/7,  constantly reviewing potential donor charts looking for optimal organs for our patients. Along with his colleagues, they also coordinate transportation of the organs in the shortest possible time to our center, so they can be succesfully transplanted with the optimal outcome. 

As other members of the Transplant Team, he plays a very important role in organ preparation and the outcome of the transplantation. 

Rich is working day and night-24/7,  constantly reviewing potential donor charts looking for optimal organs for our patients. Along with his colleagues, they  coordinate transportation of the organs in the shortest possible time to our center, so they can be succesfully transplanted with the optimal outcome. 

As other members of the Transplant Team, he plays a very important role in organ preparation and the outcome of the transplantation. 

Lisa Potter Pharm D,  

Pharmacist 

Brenna Kane Pharm. D, 

Pharmacist 

Lisa is our pharmacy leader with great experience in clinical research  involving testing new medication against placebo in the setting of randomized studies. She is critical in the preparation of the study medication, even if this means to come to the hospital in the middle of the night or weekend when transplants usually happen. 

Brenna is our pharmacist who is deeply involved in the care of our kidney, pancreas and islet transplant patients. She makes sure they receive the right medications, with  the right dose, at the right time. She warns us about drug interactions and side effects. Adjusting medications properly is critical for the well being of our patients chronically exposed to toxic anti-rejection medications. 

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Transplantation Institute

Clinical  Research Center

 

Islet and Kidney Transplantation

Manager, Lindsay Basto RN MSN 

Lindsay.Basto@uchospitals.edu

tel. (773) 702-2504

fax (773) 926-0671

 

Islet and Cell Processing and Research

Manager, Karolina Golab, PhD

kgolab@surgery.bsd.uchicago.edu


Transplantation Institute

University of Chicago Medicine

5841 S. Maryland Avenue

MC 5026, J-517

Chicago IL 60637

Polish-American Transplant Center

Clinical Coordinator

Patrycja Ulijaszyk RN 

Patrycja.Ulijaszyk@uchospitals.edu

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