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, Operations and Innovation

Amy is a leading scientist with over 10 years of experience in pharmacogenomics and precision medicine translational research. She is responsible for RPRD’s cutting-edge method development and lab operation. 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.

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.

Ashley Derezinski

Clinical Lab Technician II

Ashley is a scientist with almost 10 years of technical and R&D experience in clinical diagnostics. Ashley’s primary responsibility is to perform the complex clinical testing at RPRD. In addition, Ashley plays an important role in the development of innovative testing at RPRD. Ashley’s organizational skills and thoroughness keep the diagnostic lab running smoothly and efficiently. Her attention to detail ensures each test is executed expertly and accurately, guaranteeing all quality and safety standards are met with every test performed.

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.