Our Research Leadership and Scientist Teams

The Aurora Difference

Helping People Live Well Through Innovative Research

At Aurora Health Care, our research leadership team includes administrators, service line managers and world-renowned doctors. We share a common devotion to improving care and wellness through patient-centered research.

Leadership Team

Aurora Research Institute Leadership

The Aurora Research Institute leadership team includes:

President’s Office

  • Randall Lambrecht, PhD, president of Aurora Research Institute/senior vice president of Aurora Health Care
  • Vicki Soerens, executive assistant
  • Kelly Piacsek, PhD, vice president of patient-centered research
  • Kurt Waldhuetter, MS, vice president of research business services

Patient-Centered Research Directors

  • Amy Beres, PhD, oncology
  • Nina Garlie, PhD, neurosciences and emerging areas

Medical Research Directors


  • Karen Cheek, RN, oncology clinical trials
  • Don Conrad, MEng, MPP, research business innovation
  • Wendy Dunaj, RN, cardiovascular clinical trials
  • Katie Klein, research publications
  • David Krum, MS, translational cardiovascular research
  • Andy Marek, research analytics
  • Karen Michel, translational cardiovascular research
  • Annette Paul, MAT, Aurora BayCare Medical Center research
  • Natalie Polinske, MS, biorepository program
  • Katie Richter, clinical trial business services
  • Carol Tutino, BSN, MS, neurosciences and emerging areas clinical trials
  • Mindy Waite, PhD, research grants and projects

Service Lines

Our Research Scientists

Cardiovascular Research Scientists

Cancer Research Scientists

  • Paul Mintz, PhD, senior research scientist
  • Jun Yin, PhD, research scientist

Neurosciences Research Scientists

Emerging Areas Research Scientist


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