Alicia is a Research Coordinator with the All of Us Research Program. She graduated from Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Arts and her interest for social class inequalities led her into the health world. Being from northern Wisconsin and having experienced a traumatic brain injury, she loves talking with participants & Wisconsin residents about health research. If you enroll with Alicia be sure to ask this Wisconsin enthusiast for things to do and places to see.
Bethany is a Research Coordinator for the All of Us Research Program. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in winter of 2018. Before starting her position with All of Us, she spent six weeks in Kenya exploring the culture, enjoying the weather, and getting up close and personal with wild animals on safaris. Bethany will be starting medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Milwaukee area in August. Bethany’s interest in All of Us started when she enrolled for the program and saw the enormous potential it held for the future of research. She wanted to be a part of the team that taught others why it was important to contribute to research, and what the diversity of the program strives to achieve. One of her favorite parts of the job is being able to interact with participants, and ask about why they specifically decided to enroll. It has been a privilege for her to personally experience the value of diversity, and witness how the program can affect everyone in unique ways.
Jennifer is one of the All of Us at UW-Madison Call Center staff members. In this position she speaks directly with participants and those seeking to learn more about the All of Us Research Program. She also joins the Community Engagement staff and Research Coordinators at community events. Jennifer has a long background in research, beginning with computer aided telephone research and moving to a research associate position with another SMPH department before joining the UW AoU team. Jennifer is also an enthusiastic participant in the AoU program. She is thrilled to be a part of a groundbreaking health database and is proud to contribute to future research. She feels fortunate to work with a passionate and talented group of people, where everyone focuses on excellent data collection and creating the best experience for participants. In her spare time Jennifer strives to become an accomplished home baker, enjoys the company of a husband and two cats, and sings in a few rock and roll bands.
Joel is the team lead of the study coordinators for the All of Us Research Program at UW-Madison. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UW-Madison in 2014, he moved to Glendale, AZ where his fiancée attended dental school. During his time in the Grand Canyon State, Joel worked on numerous clinical trials and observational longitudinal studies focused on Alzheimer’s Disease. In that setting Joel established a firm foundation in clinical research, learned the value of clear and concise communication, and displayed an aptitude for treating research participants with empathy and respect. Missing family, friends, and the elbowroom of the Midwest, Joel and his fiancée moved back to Madison in 2018. Joel began working on the All of Us Research Program in June 2018, shortly after its national launch. As a study coordinator, Joel travels around the Madison area and enrolls participants by recording valuable data, like participants’ physical measurements, and collecting biospecimen like blood, saliva, and urine. You may also see him around town at various events discussing the program with members of the community. If you do, be sure to stop by and ask him about the program, Badger sports, the Cubs, Daaaa Bears, movies, music, or craft beer.
Lauren Shuster Aquino
Lauren is a research coordinator with the All of Us research program at UW-Madison. She graduated the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and soon after started her career at AoU. Her interest for working with All of Us came from her desire to pursue a career in Public Health, and has recently accepted an offer to go to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she will be attending in 2021. Lauren is originally from Paraguay, and her interest in Public Health came from growing up in a city where she did a lot of volunteering helping underrepresented communities. Volunteering varied from working in food pantries, to organizing fundraisers to buy clothes for at-risk populations. Working for All of Us has helped her understand that different communities need different approaches to solve public health issues. She thinks the most rewarding part of research is being able to envision how many people you will be able to help in the future. Lauren loves traveling around the Madison community with her job as a research coordinator, learning about people and teaching why diversity is important in research. She is proud to be a part of a mission that will make precision medicine possible.
Maddie is a Research Coordinator with All of Us Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with degrees in Spanish and Communication Sciences and Disorders, and is a lifelong Wisconsin native hailing from the Milwaukee area. She worked as a research coordinator assistant with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Office of Clinical Trials for several years before joining the AoU WI team in August 2018, and she loves being a part of such a dedicated, passionate group! When not at work, her other interests include photography, petting dogs, sewing, traveling around the state and country with friends, and catching the latest movie in theaters.
Maureen got her start in research working at the UW- Madison Waisman Center, while earning her bachelor’s degree. Assisting on projects studying Autism and Fragile X Syndrome, as well as managing participant databases for various research labs, she found a love of human subjects research. Upon graduating, she moved to Barcelona and lived as an au pair for two years, soaking up languages, culture, and the sun. Back stateside, Maureen found herself in Indianapolis at the IU-Center for Aging Research, working on projects exploring dementia-screening tools, cognitive effects of hypoglycemia in older adults, and delirium in an ICU setting. In 2017, she returned to her home state and alma mater, coordinating clinical trials in the Department of Surgery. Currently, Maureen spends her days engaging and enrolling participants in the All of Us Research Program, both in clinic and community settings. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, exposing her boyfriend to reality television, and involving her dog, Claire, in events whenever possible. By the way, no dogs were enrolled during the taking of this photo!
Pilar is a Research Program Assistant with the All of Us Research Program. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Studies. After her undergraduate career, Pilar’s interest in research grew while working as a Research Assistant with the Culture and Cognition Lab at UW-Madison’s Department of Psychology. Following this position, Pilar moved to Basque Country in Spain for a year to hone her Spanish-speaking skills, teach English to a local elementary school, and to immerse herself in another culture. Growing up as a Filipino-American, Pilar has always been intrigued by the complex role that culture plays in shaping psychological processes and how cultural differences implicate health as well. She’s excited to be part of a program that is working to improve healthcare for historically underrepresented populations. For Pilar, the most rewarding part about working with the All of Us Research Program is getting to know members of the Madison community at enrollment events and having the opportunity to share why diversity and precision medicine are so important to research. Currently, Pilar spends her time corresponding with participants and tabling at local events. She also enjoys playing video games, watching movies, bubble tea, hiking, and trying all the delicious food that Madison has to offer.
Tricia is the Research Project Manager for All of Us at UW-Madison. She came to the program in November 2017 from the UW’s Office of Clinical Trials. She has been doing clinical research for 15 years at UW and worked in the medical field as a respiratory therapist 10 years prior. She is very interested in the translational piece of research, the journey from basic science to human treatments, and the importance of inclusion. Having seen the one-size-fits-all approach to treating patients with marginal success, her drive to ensure precision medicine is a part of our future supports the All of Us mission.