Research Collaborate Lab Bench

Meet the Medical College of Wisconsin Office of Leadership Team

The department is structured in nine units rolling up to a central administrative team.

Administrative Leadership


Ann B. Nattinger, MD, MPH

Associate Provost for Research; Senior Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Lady Riders Professor of Breast Cancer Research; Principal Investigator, CHDS

Dr. Nattinger is a nationally recognized breast cancer health services researcher. She studies variations in cancer treatment and follow-up care, disparities in care by race and socioeconomic status, and cancer survivorship issues. Her work, funded mostly by the National Cancer Institute, has been published in leading journals, such as New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and JAMA.


Cecilia J. Hillard, PhD

Associate Dean for Research; Professor; Director, Neuroscience Research Center; G. Frederick Kasten, Jr. Endowed Chair in Parkinson’s Disease Research

Dr. Hillard was named Associate Dean for Research in November 2015 after serving eight months as co-Interim Senior Associate Dean for Research. She has served as director of the Neuroscience Research Center since its inception in 2010. She was also Inaugural Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Training Program from 1996-2010. As a highly active researcher, Dr. Hillard’s laboratory is primarily focused on the pharmacology and biochemistry of the cannabinoids and endocannabinoids.


Lisa R. Henk, MS

Assistant Dean for Research Operations

Prior to joining the Office of Research leadership team as Chief Administrator for Research Operations, Lisa served a dual role as Administrator for the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Neurosciences Research Center. Lisa has held a prevalent role in Basic Science Administration at MCW since 2008. As Chief Administrator, Lisa provides operational leadership for Office of Research functions.

Unit Leadership


April A. Haverty, MPE, JD

Director, Grants & Contracts Office


Debra Scott, PhD

Enterprise Research Applications Manager


Joseph D. Thulin, DVM, MS, DACLAM

Professor; Director, Biomedical Resource Center


Kevin Boggs, MBA, PhD

Director, Office of Technology Development


Ryan Spellecy, PhD

Ursula von der Ruhr Chair in Bioethics; Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine


Sandra L. Jensen, MS, RLATG, CPIA

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee and Safety Committees Manager


Todd Senglaub, MPH

Radiation Safety Officer