Our Team

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Michael Chancellor, MD

Professor and Director of Aikens Neurourology Research Center

Dr. Chancellor received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency in urology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He subsequently completed his fellowship in neurourology and female urology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.

 

Dr. Chancellor is internationally recognized as a leader in urinary bladder treatment and research. Dr. Chancellor’s scientific discoveries have lead to the licensing of his inventions to Cook Myosite, originator of the first approved U.S. human urologic stem cell clinical trial and bladder drug delivery technology to Lipella Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Chancellor has been principal investigator of over 75 clinical trials including physician sponsored IND trials. He is the recipient of over 25 NIH grants, and author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications.

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Bernadette Zwaans, PhD

Director of Urology Research

 

Dr. Zwaans is Director of Urology Research at Beaumont Health and Assistant Professor in Urology at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Zwaans leads the clinical and translational research projects that are ongoing within the Urology department. Dr. Zwaans received her Master in Biological Health Sciences from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, obtained her doctorate in Molecular and Cellular Pathology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, after which she joined the Beaumont Urology department. During her training Dr. Zwaans has obtained extensive research experience in the fields of vascular biology, tumor angiogenesis, cancer biology, ageing, benign urology, and cancer survivorship. She has published in top journals including Cell, Urology, and Cancer Cell, and has been successfully funded through the Urology Care Foundation, NIH/NIDDK, and DoD. She has mentored students and trainees from high school level to residents and fellows, and has collaborated with physicians and scientists around the globe. Her passion is to help advance the medical field through her research, with a special interest in cancer survivorship and biomarker development.

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Sarah Bartolone, MS

Assistant Research Manager

Sarah received her Bachelors of Science in Evolutionary Biology and Masters Degree in Physiology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. During this time she worked extensively in the fields of cardiology and gastroenterology before starting her career in Urology. With over 12 years of lab experience, Sarah has expertise in a magnitude of areas ranging from pre-clinical models to microbiology. She has many publications, including those in the prestigious journals, Circulation and Journal of Urology. 

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Elijah Ward, BS

Research Assistant

Elijah graduated from Kettering University with a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry. He has expertise in the detection of small molecules for therapeutics utilizing multiple complimentary analytical techniques. These include high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, gas chromatography–mass spectrometry, and MALDI-TOF. Elijah hopes that the research he conducts will shed light on the mechanisms of commonly misdiagnosed and overlooked diseases, as well as discover new treatments.

Prasun Sharma, BS

Medical Student

Prasun received his Bachelors in Web Design and Development from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He then went on to serve in the U.S. Army as a medic for four years. During the service Prasun realized his passion of medicine and science. Prasun completed post-baccalaureate in Pre-medical sciences from Campbell University. Based on personal experiences, he is interested in research focused on use of technology in rural and military field medicine. He was recently awarded with AUA summer research fellowship award.

Past Lab Members

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Laura Lamb, PhD

Dr. Lamb joined the Urology Research Lab at Beaumont Health in 2014. As Research scientist, and later as Director of Translation Urology Research, she drove a successful, high-caliber translational urology program focused on benign bladder diseases and disorders. She served as primary investigator on a multi-institutional Department of Defense Technology/Therapeutic Development Award to develop a diagnostic test for interstitial cystitis. She drove innovative research by developing a rapid, point of care test for Zika virus and for SARS CoV2. For the latter, she was awarded the 2021 Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Individual for SARS CoV2 research. In addition, she was instrumental in securing approval of the prestigious P20 MI-CURE, for which she currently serves on the External Advisory Board. Dr. Lamb joined Strata Oncology in 2021 and continues to serve as consultant to the Urology Research Lab going forward.

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Peter Levanovich, PhD

Dr. Levanovich was research assistant in the Urology Research Lab from 2013-2015. He was involved in numerous projects on underactive bladder and radiation cystitis. He attended the New England Biolabs Molecular Biology Summer Workshop and supported the kickoff of the CURE-UAB conference series organized by our research team. After his time at Beaumont, Peter was accepted in the Physiology PhD program at Wayne State University which he successfully completed in 2021.

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Alex Carabuelea, BS

Research Assistant

Alex earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Oakland University. While working in automotive manufacturing, Alex decided to volunteer in research and ultimately changed careers after realizing his passion for it. Alex hopes his experience with various immune biomarkers, FACS, and preclinical models will lend itself to discovering new methods of diagnosis and treatment for patients suffering with bladder pain.

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Andrew Vereecke, MBA

Andrew served as associate research manager until his departure in June 2016. Andrew spearheaded the NIH funded CURE-UAB conference series, establishment of the Aikens Research Center and build out of the laboratory. After leaving the lab, Andrew completed a Chief-Financial-Officer training for Acedia Healthcare and subsequently became Chief Financial Officer at Park Health Behavioral Health Systems in Fort Myers, Florida.