The 2023 UW Carbone Cancer Center Research Retreat

Cancer Trainee Network

Additional Network Info

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Current Cancer Trainee Network Leadership Team

Lauren Banaszak – Chief Resident/Clinical Fellow                                              Jack Shireman – Neurological Surgery

Mayra Betancourt Ponce – Ob-Gyn Gynecologic Oncology                                Amanda Shea – Cancer Biology

Erica Hoffmann – Cell and Regenerative Biology                                                 Apoorva Anandan, MD

Clayton Marcinak – Clinical Fellow/Department of Surgery                             Amy Taylor, MD – Research Fellow

Lauren Montemorano – Ob-Gyn Clinical Fellow                                                  Marien Ochoa, MD –  Post Doctoral Fellow

Loyda Braithwaite – Hematology, Medical Oncology, Palliative Care              Noah Carrillo – Molecular & Environmental Toxicology

Johanna Poterala – Medicine Clinical Fellow

Tanaya Purohit – Urology

Cristina Paz – Surgery/Human Oncology

Megan Bacabac – Grad Student

                                                                                                                   Recent Alumni of this Committee:

                                                                                                                         Jennifer Bird – Population Health PhD Graduate

                                                                                                                         Jeremy Kratz – Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care

Activities and Benefits

  • Quarterly advisory panel meetings
    • Recommendations on how they could benefit from the center, planning for honors opportunities, ideas to unify cancer related trainees
  • Review grant applications for undergraduate educational grants
  • Serve on the Carbone Research Retreat planning committee
    • Recommendations/Judging of trainee presentations and awards
  • Possible Honors
    • Society trainee specific funding opportunities (travel awards, small research awards) *you must be registered with the Cancer Trainee Network to apply and receive awards.
    • Opportunities to speak at community events
    • Host Cancer Center tours or nominate other to lead tours
    • Best paper awards
    • Grand Rounds presentation
  • Other Amazing Perks
    • Seminar Events information
    • Social Information
    • Network support opportunities
    • The Cancer Trainee Network Chronicles Newspaper
    • Access to Cancer  Trainee Network podcasts
    • Volunteer opportunities through UWCCC
    • Automatic weekly UWCCC TGIF digital subscription

Applying to be part of the Cancer Trainee Network Leadership Team


  • Members will be added each year for the leadership cohort
  • 2-year term
  • Application due date is in November 2022
  • Review and Notifications mid December 2022


  • Work with your mentor to complete the application via Smartsheet. Link here (Fall of 2022) and scroll down to Open Nomination section.
  • Trainee – Brief statement of application
  • Trainee – Resume/biosketch
  • Mentor – Letter of recommendation


  • Trainee levels eligible – graduate, medical, postdoctoral, residents, fellows
  • Musts be working with Cancer Center faculty, conducting cancer-focused research and/or are engaged in oncology-related clinical training.
  • Trainee should have demonstrated involvement in research events, committees, cancer related organizations
  • Mentor recommendation on trainee demonstration or expression of research excellence, professionalism, dedication.
  • Please keep in mind UW-Madison’s statement on diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community

Please contact members of the existing leadership team for more information on the society and their experiences at

Research Resources

This Cancer Trainee Network is named in honor and memory of two amazing scientists

Heidi DvingeHeidi Dvinge, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Chemistry and member of the Carbone Cancer Center, passed away unexpectedly in September 2019. With great sorrow over the loss of a brilliant young scientist, colleague, mentor and friend, we honor her memory and her scholarly work. Dvinge had been a member of the School of Medicine and Public Health faculty. Her research program was dedicated to understanding how misregulation of RNA processing contributes to disease, and how changes that occur in RNA splicing processes in cancer cells might be exploited to allow new therapeutic approaches. Her research interwove the disciplines of molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics and oncology with a combination of precision and creativity. “She had the knowledge and ability to conduct science involving big data, but at the same time, she had finesse for experimental science in the lab — a very rare combination.” Says Emery Bresnick, PhD, leader of the UW Carbone Cancer Center’s Genetics and Epigenetics Program. The scientific world took note of Dvinge’s brilliance: Over the past five years alone, her publications have been cited more than 4,600 times.

She was a skilled mentor to undergraduates and graduate students, serving as a faculty mentor in the Integrated Program in Biochemistry, the Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and the Genetics PhD program.

Patricia Keely, PhD, was Professor of Cell and Regenerative Biology andPatricia Keely co-leader of the Tumor Micro-environment Group at Carbone Cancer Center. It would be easy to simply say Dr. Patti Keely was a world-class, nationally recognized breast cancer researcher at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. And, that would be correct – but only part of the picture. Patti transformed her personal cancer diagnosis into experiential learning opportunities that inspired her to dive deeper in search of a cure for the disease. Keely died in 2017 of advanced pancreatic cancer. Her prolific research career, which includes countless publications, was most recently focused on cell signaling related to cellular differentiation and transformation and included her sentinel research on the role of the cellular micro-environment in the behavior of breast cancer cells.

Her leadership, mentor ship and her collaborative nature allowed her to make a tremendous impact in this world, according to Dr. Howard Bailey, associate dean for oncology and director of the Carbone Cancer Center. “She leaves behind a remarkable legacy as an outstanding scientist, dedicated mentor, strong academic leader, and caring and committed person,” said Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health.


                                                                             Mary Nutt                                                                              Mary Headington 

                                                                  Assistant Director of                                                                 Cancer Research

                                                   Translational Research and Education                                             Training Coordinator