Research Bench Lab

Dwinell Laboratory


Microbiology & Immunology

TBRC C3860

General Interests

Cancer Progression and the Tumor Immune Microenvironment

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Michael Dwinell Laboratory

Research Areas

My research has been investigating the cellular, biochemical, molecular and pathophysiologic mechanisms controlling cellular movement in inflammation and cancer. The movement of cells within and between tissues is a fundamental property of biology. Cell movement / migration, may have beneficial effects, for example in wound healing or leukocyte trafficking, or deleterious effects, such as in the invasion and metastasis of tumor cells. My laboratory uses a spectrum of cellular, molecular, metabolomic and biochemical techniques, in combination with an array of cell culture and preclinical transgenic mouse models, to dissect the details of how cells move and the functional consequences of that movement. As chemokines are the archetype immune molecules directing cell movement, the investigative focus of my research program is to resolve the mechanisms of chemokine signaling in order to improve human health through the design of new chemokine-targeted or immune targeted therapies to disrupt or promote cellular movement in inflammation and cancer.

Research Support

Research in the Dwinell laboratory is supported through grants from the National Institutes of Health, long standing support from the Bobby Nick Voss Charitable Foundation, the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center and philanthropic donations.

Current Members


Donna McAllister

Lab Supervisor


Kathleen Boyle, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Laura McOlash

Research Technologist III


Nicholas Barnekow

Research Technologist II


Mahmoud Abu Eid

Graduate Student


Allison Gerk

Graduate Student

Recent Publications

Lab Alumni

Hong Guan, MS

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina


Ishan Roy, MD, PhD

Clinical Instructor & Chief Resident Physician; Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northwestern University/Shirley Ryan Ability Lab


Natasha Moussouras, PhD

Research Fellow, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Medical College of Wisconsin


Emily Vonderhaar, PhD

Clinical Research Training Fellow, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Medical College of Wisconsin


Jonathan D. Van Wickle

Resident, Radiation Oncology, University of Iowa


Eric A. Luedke, MD

General Surgery, Sharp Memorial Hospital, Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, San Diego, CA.


Yana Thaker, MD

General Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


Joanne P Boisvert (Hayes), MD

Family Medicine Practice, Madras, OR


Egal I. Gorse, MD

2018- Fellowship Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine 2020 Recipient Nell W. and William Simpson Elkin Fellowship


Kimberle A Agle. PhD

Scientist-II, Immucor, Inc, Waukesha, WI


Amanda N. Cooper, MD

Private Practice, Dermatology, Germantown, WI


Luke J. Drury, PhD

Human Molecular Geneticist, Prevention Genetics, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI


Sheena L. Faherty

Science Writer, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD


Soonyean Hwang, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Cancer Center, Mentor: Martin E. Hemler, PhD


Priscilla A. Johanesen, PhD

Associate Professor (Tenured), Deputy Head of Department (Education), Department of Microbiology, Monash University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA


Jennifer M. Boardman (Smith), PhD

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Basic Sciences, Geisinger


Rebecca A. Vongsa, PhD

Scientist-III, Kimberly-Clark Corp., Skin Health and Infection Control Health Care Division, Appleton, WI


Michael K. Wendt, PhD

Associate Professor, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN


Noah P. Zimmerman, PhD

Research Manager, Arm and Hammer, Waukesha, WI