Our People

Precision Medicine Experts at RPRDx

Our People

At RPRD, our team of experts lead in the implementation and advancement of precision medicine. Their decades of experience developing innovative solutions in medical genetics and their thoughtful consultancy guides clinicians, researchers, and drug developers as they implement and advance precision medicine in their fields.

Ulrich Broeckel, MD

Ulrich Broeckel, MD – Founder & Chief Executive OfficerFounder & Chief Executive Officer

Ulrich Broeckel, MD, is a leading physician-scientist with over 20 years of experience in genetics and genomics and more than 10 years of experience in clinical diagnostics. He is an expert in translational pharmacogenomics research and is a member of the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) and the NIH initiatives on clinical pharmacogenomics. Dr. Broeckel also serves as Professor of Pediatrics, Section Chief of Genomic Pediatrics, and Associate Director for Pharmacogenomics, Genomic Sciences, and Precision Medicine Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Read more about Dr. Broeckel and his research team’s scientific achievements and research interest.

Gunter Scharer, MD, PhD 

Chief Medical Officer & Medical Director

Gunter Scharer, MD, is a board-certified medical geneticist with 15+ years of clinical and laboratory experience. He is board certified in Clinical Genetics, Clinical Molecular Genetics, and Medical Biochemical Genetics, and licensed to practice in multiple states. Dr. Scharer is a renowned geneticist with deep experience in rare disorders and mitochondrial disease. He is a member of the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) and Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN). Prior to joining RPRD, Dr. Scharer was the director of the Department of Medical Genetics and Genomics at Children’s Minnesota and Adjunct Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Amy Turner

Director, Research & Development

Amy is a leading scientist with over10 years of experience in pharmacogenomics and precision medicine translational research. She is responsible for RPRD’s cutting-edge method development. Amy is an active participant of the PharmVar Consortium and serves as a Gene Expert Panel member. She leads multiple collaborative projects with academic institutions, healthcare organizations, and drug developers to further all pharmacogenomics applications. Amy’s awareness of technological trends coupled with her extensive insight into the dynamic pharmacogenomics landscape allows her to provide RPRD clients with the most advanced pharmacogenomics consultation available.

Rachel Lorier

Director, Laboratory Operation

Drawing upon more than 20 years of research and laboratory management, Rachel acts as a point-of-contact for all RPRD clients from the beginning. She assesses and understands the client’s needs and works with them closely to optimize processes and improve efficiency. Rachel organizes and manages internal resources to solve problems and guides clients on a wide range of day-to-day operations in clinical diagnostics, including billing, coding, reimbursement, etc. Rachel’s aspires for complete customer satisfaction.

Andrea Matter, MS

Director, Regulatory Affairs

Andrea leverages over a decade of experience in clinical diagnostics, specializing in CLIA/CAP compliance, quality management, and GMP documentation. She provides consultation to RPRD clients on all of their compliance needs, ranging from patient privacy (HIPPA) and safety for healthcare management to understanding FDA guidelines. Andrea understands that robust quality standards and continuous improvement are the keys to providing RPRD clients with superior pharmacogenomics results. Testing accuracy and patient safety is always her top priority.

Lina Li, PhD, MBA

Lina Li, PhD, MBA

Director, Marketing & BD

Lina Li brings more than 10 years of experience in marketing, account management and strategic planning in the healthcare industry. She served as market development manager at Life Technologies, a world-leading biotechnology company, where she developed and executed several successful go-to-market strategies for new product launches and oversaw multiple marketing campaigns that drove double-digit annual revenue growth. Prior to joining RPRD, Lina served as a planning strategist for ProHealth Care. She received her PhD from the University of Cardiff, UK, and MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Melissa Reske

Clinical Laboratory Associate

As RPRD’s lead Clinical Laboratory Associate, Melissa draws upon 15+ years of research and clinical experience to manage the day-to-day operation of the RPRD CLIA-certified laboratory. Her extensive background employing technologies such as Next Generation Sequencing, Array platforms and a variety of other molecular techniques to study complex genetic disease makes her well suited to the ever-evolving pharmacogenetics (PGx) diagnostic testing environment. Melissa strives to ensure efficiency and accuracy in all aspects of the laboratory’s testing workflow, resulting in superior actionable PGx data for physicians and patients alike.

Tyler Crawford

Tyler Crawford

Clinical Technician II

Tyler offers years of experience as a technician in clinical diagnostic laboratories. While focusing on research & development and test implementation, she plays an essential role in the integration of new protocols into the clinical laboratory and expansion of the RPRD testing portfolio. Relying on her experience performing, troubleshooting, and analyzing a variety of molecular genetic testing, Tyler continually identifies ways to maintain sample integrity while providing quality patient results.

Casey Manderscheid

Casey Manderscheid

Office Manager

With nearly a decade of experience in office administrative positions, Casey manages RPRD’s daily administrative duties. Using her organizational skills, she ensures that daily operations run smoothly whilst she maintains accounts payable and receivable, coordinates in-house or off-site activities, and provides back up support to customer service. Casey helps to guarantee high levels of organizational effectiveness through the creation of office procedures.