Steering Committee

Kirsten Dennison

Credentials: Department of Oncology / McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research

Position title: Assistant Researcher


Phone: 608 262 9821

I manage a lab in the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research where we investigate the intersection of environmental and genetic risk factors for breast cancer. I have held research support positions at the University of Wisconsin for over 20 years, including experiences in CALS, L&S and SMPH. I am passionate about training and sharing learning experiences with the students, colleagues and investigators I support. I am grateful to the founders of the Lab Manager Community of Practice for answering a clear need within the UW community. I’m an avid cyclist with particular enthusiasm for the sport of cyclocross.

Kyle Hanson

Credentials: Electrical and Computer Engineering/College of Engineering

Position title: WEMPEC Research Lab Manager


Phone: 608-262-6725

I am the Lab Manager of the WEMPEC research laboratory in the department of Electrical Engineering. Interestingly, I currently works in the same lab where he was a research assistant while pursuing a masters in mechanical engineering. I have a passion for building and prototyping. I structure the WEMPEC lab to encourage hands-on learning and prototyping of power electromagnetic devices and components. Outside of work, I am passionate year round bike commuter and love to spend time outdoors with my wife and 3 kids.

Nicole Schmidt

Credentials: Waisman Center / OVCRGE

Position title: Research Program Manager


Phone: 608-265-2674

I provide strategic leadership with interdisciplinary research and training programs. Our research spans many topics that aim to understand and appreciate emotional individuality from infancy through early adulthood. I am responsible for designing core operational processes to support all aspects of the research enterprise including scientific collaborations, mentoring, data management, data sharing, compliance, and business functions. My hobbies include paddling, biking, trail running, and yoga.

I enjoy the lab management CoP because I love to see best-practices in action.