Spring 2013 Newsletter | Biology | Marquette University




Do you have an update on your career? Have you run into a fellow MU Biology alum recently? Tell us your story! Send an email to the newsletter editor with your personal or professional achievements.


amy leliaert

Dr. Frank Rigo (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, ’02) returned to speak at Marquette as part of the department’s Scholl Seminar Series. His seminar, “Antisense Oligonucleotides for CNS Diseases: From the Bench to the Bed Side” presented his research in RNA-targeting drugs at Isis Pharmaceuticals. Read more


camille devaney

Dr. Benita Brink (Ph.D. Biology, ‘89) returned to academia after receiving her Ph.D. in Dr. Dale Noel’s lab at Marquette University. Of all the diligent and enthusiastic teachers to grace the halls of our nation’s universities, few have had a greater impact on her students than Dr. Brink. Read more




Marilyn E. Braddock, D.D.S.

B.S. Biology '77

2013 Recipient of Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Professional Achievement Alumni Award 

BraddockAs the first and only African-American prosthodontist in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Marilyn Braddock is all about putting her knowledge to work. She is passionate about her sub-specialty in maxillofacial prosthetic dentistry, which involves rebuilding parts of the face with prosthetic devices when plastic surgery cannot do further repair. From operating her own private practice to teaching as an assistant professor, the Naval Dental Corps commander who has served at the Naval Hospital Far East in Japan and aboard the U.S.S. George Washington and U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, actively seeks opportunities to help people with critical dental needs. Her work with initiatives ranging from the Wounded Warrior project to Delta Sigma Theta — a public service sorority — brings a smile to many because she provides prostheses for cancer survivors, veterans, accident victims, victims of violence and children born with oral or facial deficiencies.

After graduating from Marquette, the former cheerleader earned her dental degree from Meharry Medical College in Tennessee. She then received two master’s degrees in the field and a specialty certificate in prosthetic dentistry. Dr. Braddock credits her student advisor, biology professor, Dr. James Barrett, as one of the Marquette faculty who had the greatest impact on her.


Michael Lawlor, MD, Ph.D.

B.S. Biology ‘96

Dr. Michael Lawlor work was recently written up in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

LawlorMichael Lawlor is currently an Assistant Professor of Pathology, and Director of the Pediatric Pathology Neuromuscular Laboratory at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee, WI. His laboratory is focused on improving the diagnosis and testing treatments for congenital muscle disorders. 

Dr. Lawlor’s team has established the Pediatric Pathology Clinical Neuromuscular Laboratory at MCW, which provides muscle and nerve biopsy diagnostic services for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.  Their work with Cure CMD and the NINDS Common Data Elements program has led to proposing essential elements that should be included in all muscle biopsy reports, which will improve the use of these reports when making decisions about whether patients can be included in research and clinical trial studies.  They are also establishing a Congenital Muscle Disease Tissue Repository, which will allow the centralization of human tissue storage and distribution to scientists performing research on muscle diseases.

Dr. Lawlor’s research laboratory focuses on testing therapies for congenital myopathies and evaluating the pathology of new models of muscle disease.  Thus far, they have participated in collaborative efforts to test anti-myostatin treatment, targeted enzyme replacement therapy, and gene therapy for myotubular myopathy, and are now embarking on projects to evaluate treatments for nemaline myopathy and muscle contractures.  For one of these studies, they will be collaborating closely with Dr. Robert Fitts, Chair of Marquette University’s Biology Department, on a project funded by the CTSI, a cooperative NIH grant with MCW, Marquette, and other Milwaukee area institutions.  Members of the Lawlor laboratory include Michael W. Lawlor, M.D., Ph.D., Hui Meng, M.D., Ph.D., Stacy Cossette, M.S., and Jennifer Tinklenberg, B.S.





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