Research Communications Office

The Markey Cancer Center’s Research Communications Office (RCO) was created to help cancer researchers secure grants and publish their findings.

The RCO staff is comprised of individuals with specialties in editing, graphic design, grants, and education and event planning. All are available to assist with all cancer-related projects:

  • Editing: Check grammar, punctuation, sentence clarity, format according to publisher specifications, submission of abstracts and journal articles.
  • Graphic design: Produce high-quality figures for grants and manuscripts, create informational graphics, layout scientific posters for conferences, create brochures and flyers for cancer-related events and announcements.
  • Grants: Assist in proposal development, ensure adherence to RFA guidelines, budgeting, as well as editing and coordinating/compiling large, multi-center grants.
  • Event Planning: Coordination of Markey’s premier research-related events such as Markey Cancer Research Day, weekly seminars, Grand Rounds and patient-centered education.

Visit the Starting your project page for information on our services and how we can help you.

    Funding Opportunities

    Use the links below to search for funding opportunities from national institutions and philanthropic sources. You may also sign up for alerts through the UK Proposal Development Office.

    Our Team

    Danielle Story, Assistant Director of Research Administration
    Danielle joined the Markey Cancer Center in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Arts and an MBA from the University of Kentucky. She has a strong background in marketing and communications, graphic design, branding, information graphics and project management. Danielle loves to travel and cheer on the Cats, as well as volunteer with various groups around Lexington. 

    Amy Beisel, RCO Manager
    Amy joined the Research Communications Office in the spring of 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stockton University and a Graduate Certification from The George Washington University. She comes from an 18-year career in museum administration including grant and project management. 

    Mallory Antel, Data Coordinator
    Mallory joined the Markey Cancer Center Research Communications Office in 2022. She earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Kentucky and has experience in large-scale research and data management.

    Cathy Anthony, Scientific Editor 
    Cathy has been with the Markey Cancer Center since March 2012. She has a PhD in anatomy from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to UK, Cathy was actively engaged in cancer research at Vanderbilt and LSU Health Sciences Center. She has experience in writing, editing, graphic design, and project management. 

    Marcia Ballard, Grants Administrator
    Marcia has worked at UK since 1988, and most of those years have been in service to the Markey Cancer Center. She has a business administration degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a strong background in proposal development including budgeting, adherence to guidelines, preparation of non-scientific proposal sections and coordinating/compiling large multi-component projects. 

    Jennifer Bybee, Program Coordinator
    Jennifer has worked at UK since 2012 and joined the Research Communications Office in 2017. She earned her MBA from Marylhurst University and has a strong background in program development with experience in strategic planning, grant writing, contract management and more.  

    Megan Eder, Grant Program Coordinator Senior
    Megan joined the Markey Cancer Center in 2015 and joined the Research Communication Office in 2019. Megan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master’s of Public Financial Management from the University of Kentucky. She has a background in accounting, grants management, and clinical trials.

    Donna Gilbreath, Designer/Editor 
    Donna has worked at UK since 1985 and has been with the Markey Cancer Center since October 2009. She has an MA in geography and her interests include public health geography and cartography. Donna has expertise in mapping, information graphics and editing.  

    Rachel Grace LeComte, Grant Program Coordinator
    Rachel Grace joined the Markey Cancer Center Research Communications Office in 2022. She earned a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and previously worked in university housing, visa administration, community mental health crisis response, health data management, and as a movie theater usher.

    Kristin Pratt, Editor/Designer
    Kristin joined the Markey Cancer Center in 2022 after previously working in athletics communications, which included positions with the Detroit Tigers, Stockton Ports, North Carolina A&T State University athletics department and LEARFIELD. She earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism with a sports communication certificate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007. She has 15 years of experience in communications, publications and project management.

    Phillip Strunk, Website Editor
    Phillip joined the Markey Cancer Center Research Communications Office in 2021 after previously working for the National Tour Association. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Kentucky and has more than 15 years of experience in content management, marketing, and communications. 

    Lauren Tecau, Designer/Editor
    Lauren has worked at UK since 2019 and joined the Markey Cancer Center in the spring of 2022. She is an alumna of Morehead State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and double majored in art. She loves to create botanical and anatomical illustrations and has worked in graphic design in the nonprofit setting since 2016. Fun fact: if you are an alum of UK, you may be familiar with one of her favorite illustration projects she created—Flat Wildcat! 

    Cancer Education Liaison 
    The cancer education liaison coordinates the weekly Markey Research Seminar series and other educational conferences/events throughout the year. This position also coordinates the annual Markey Cancer Center Research Day, a campus-wide event that showcases cancer research across all disciplines. 

    Give Us Your Feedback

    Thank you for using the Research Communications Office to help complete your latest project. Please take a minute to provide us with feedback about making our office and capabilities better by completing this survey.

    Contact Us

    The RCO offices are located on the 4th floor of the Ben F. Roach Cancer Care Facility at 750 Rose Street, Lexington KY 40536.

    Contact the office via email at, or contact any staff member individually. 

    Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

    The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.