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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 editors, graphic designers, a grant specialist and an educational coordinator. All are available to assist in the following areas for 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.

    • Our Team

      Danielle Story, Manager
      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.

      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. Cathy has experience writing, editing, in graphic design and project management.   

      Jennifer Bybee Hiers, 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.   

      Marcia Ballard, Grant Coordinator 
      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.

      Megan Eder, Grant Program Coordinator
      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. 

      Terry Keys, Cancer Education Liaison 
      A marketing, public relations, graphic design and event planning professional, Terry coordinates the weekly Markey Research Seminar series and other educational conferences/events throughout the year. Terry also coordinates the annual Markey Cancer Center Research Day, a campus-wide event that showcases cancer research across all disciplines. A facilitator of Markey’s Patient Advisory Group, he gathers patient and caregiver feedback to effect positive changes in Markey’s patient/caregiver experience. Terry is an actor/singer who is active in community theater productions.   

      Heather Russell-Simmons, Designer/Editor 
      Heather joined the Markey Cancer Center in 2011. She has a Bachelor of Arts, MA and an MBA from the University of Kentucky. She has more than 15 years of experience in writing, editing, graphic design, project management, advertising, marketing and communications.

      Elise Wright, Designer/Editor 
      Elise joined the Markey Cancer Center in 2018. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Kentucky. Her background is comprised of experience in graphic design, advertising, corporate communications and project management. Elise enjoys running, practicing yoga and going on adventures in and outside of Kentucky.

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