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

I am naturally drawn to multi-PI based research projects and feel that interdisciplinary approaches to science is the new normal for both basic and applied (translational) biomedical research. My efforts within interdisciplinary research teams have both energized and synergized with my research program investigating the pathophysiologic mechanisms of inflammation, tumor progression, and metastasis. A fundamental property of biology is the movement of cells within and between tissues. Cellular 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 cellular, molecular, metabolomic, biochemical and biophysical approaches, in combination with cell culture and preclinical transgenic mouse models, to dissect the details of how cells move and investigate the functional consequences of that movement.

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