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Mentoring Tomorrow's Scientists

Our Team

Solving the world's problems one student at a time
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Polynesian Pipeline

Dr. John Kauwe helps Hawaiian natives Brooke Laoliokalani Spencer and Alan Loki Alohikea's receive external funding for their lab experience.

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Mentoring is the Key to Success

The Kauwe Lab is run by a highly-skilled team of bioinformaticists, geneticists, biologists, and staff. Each of them exemplify the mission and purposes of BYU by conducting world-class research, spiritually uplifting people with whom they come in contact, and serving the broader BYU community. Below are current and former students who have been part of the lab.

John S.K. Kauwe III

Dr. John S.K. Kauwe

Dr. Kauwe's laboratory seeks to better understand the relationship between genotypes and phenotypes. He has pursued this understanding primarily by studying Alzheimer’s disease genetics using a variety of novel study designs and approaches. Dr. Kauwe has an established research program in this field and has published more than 120 papers in the past decade including high profile publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Nature Genetics, PNAS, and PLoS Genetics.

Dr. Kauwe's research efforts are conducted with an intentional focus on outreach to populations that are underrepresented in biomedical science. He has an ongoing relationship with Molokai High School, including funded projects to provided scientific mentoring experiences and resources to teachers and students. He also speaks frequently to communities and academic organizations that serve underrepresented populations, including recent engagements in Samoa, Hawaii, and Alaska.
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Marie Tueller Emmett

Research Administrator
Marie completed an undergraduate degree at BYU and an M.Ed. at Harvard University. As the lab research administrator, she works with Dr. Kauwe to provide support for the many ongoing projects in the lab. She is committed to the lab’s mission and is excited to contribute to continuing successes and outcomes. Marie likes to read and watch soccer while keeping track of the comings and goings of her husband, Chad, a geography professor, and their three children.
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David Valentine

Experimental Lab Manager
David Valentine received his B.S. degree in Neuroscience from BYU in 2020. In his position as lab manager, he oversees and helps with the various ongoing research projects for rare genetic variants in diseases of interest. He enjoys being active outdoors, spending time with his wife, and reading.
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Katrisa Ward

Bioinformatics Reasearch Assistant
Katrisa Ward received her B.S. degree in Bioinformatics from Brigham Young University in 2020. Her research focuses on using machine learning algorithms to identify protein coevolution and Alzheimer's Disease subtypes. She enjoys traveling, and her favorite trip so far was the three months that she spent in China teaching English with her husband, Josh. She also enjoys running, reading, and hiking in her free time.

Current Graduate Students

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Tina Tavana

Biology Undergrad
PhD Grad program

Current Undergraduates

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Micah Heimuli

Biochemistry
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Braden Patten

Genetics, Genomics & Biotechnology
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Kayla Vainerere

Microbiology
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Kanani Uluave

Exercise Science

Former Lab Members and Alumni

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Ben Ainscough

Head of AI and Data Science Product,
Domo
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John Allen

MS, Biology
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Brandon Anderson

Pharmacology PhD Candidate,
University of Pennsylvania
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MacKenzie Stewart Arrington

BS, Family Life
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Quentinia Aspinall

Microbiology and Molecular Biology
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Brooke Spencer Avei

Health Educator/COVID Contact Tracer.
Salt Lake County Health Department
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Taylor Avei

Laboratory Technician,
Halia Therapeutics

Matthew Bailey

Post Doctoral Fellow,
Huntsman Cancer Institute
University of Utah
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Krista Bean

BS, Bioinformatics
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Benjamin Bearss

MS candidate,
University of Utah

Gage Black

PhD candidate,
University of Utah
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Devan Bursey

Lab Manager,
Halia Therapeutics
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Joshua Cassinat

BS, Biology
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Moroni Chalita

Genetics & Biotechnology
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Matthew Cloward

BS, Bioinformatics
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Jesse Cobell

Physician Fellow in Hematology and Oncology,
University of Arizona

Ciarah Cook

PhD, Biology
Brigham Young University
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Katherine Crawford

Biology

Kristen Cockriel

BS, Bioinformatics
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Francisco Darquea

ISU AEGD Residency
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Louisa Dayton

Bioinformatics
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Shane Dooley

Bioinformatics Scientist,
Ambry Genetics

Ryan Egbert

Orthopedic surgery resident,
UT Health San Antonio

Meganne Ferrel

MD candidate,
University of Utah
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Kenisi Fonoimoana

Medical Laboratory Science Student
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Austin Gale

Biology
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Eden Gillette

Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology

Josue Gonzalez

Postdoctoral Fellow,
Van Andel Institute
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Omoremi Hamblin

MPH candidate,
Emory University
MBA candidate,
Western Governors University
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Sheradyn Parker Hamilton

BS, Genomics, Genetics & Biotechnology
Sterling Hancock

Channing Hancock

Head of Business Marketing,
WhatsApp

Adam Hansen

Biodesign Fellow,
Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute/
Founder, Geneial LLC
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Ariel Hippen

PhD Candidate,
University of Pennsylvania
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Kameron Ho Ching

Physiology and Developmental Biology
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Matthew Hodgman

Bioinformatics
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Erik Huckvale

BS, Computer Science/Bioinformatics
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Todd Jaramillo

Associate Podiatrist,
Precision Foot and Ankle Specialists
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Jackson King

MD Candidate,
University of Washington College of Medicine

AnnaLeah Larson

MD candidate,
University of Utah

Lelann Latu

Exercise Science, BS
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Lia Ludlam

MA Candidate,
Texas Tech University
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Caitlin Lythgoe

Program Coordinator
Center for Simulation and Innovation, University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
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Monica Mackay

Software Engineer,
Route
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Devon McBee

Senior Product Marketing Manager,
Qualtrics

David McKean

Bioinformatics Analyst,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Miles McKee

Surgical Resident,
HCA Menorah Medical Center
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Taylor Meurs

BS, Bioinformatics

'Ailana Meyer

Field Operations Director,
Nomi Health
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Ryan Miller

Data Scientist,
Inherent Biosciences
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Justin B. Miller

University of Kentucky

Tyler Mower

Business Development,
Customer
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Maveni Palu

Production General,
Nestlé

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Madeline Page

BS, Bioinformatics
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Joshua Parker

BS, Physiology and Developmental Biology
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David Patty

Software Engineer II
Qualtrics
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Ammon Perkes

PhD Candidate,
University of Pennsylvania
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David Peterson

Medical Student
Duke University School of Medicine
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Joseph Peterson

Bioinformatics
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Calvin Quigley

Biology, BS
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Keni Reid

Executive Assistant, Office of the President,
Brigham Young University–Hawaii
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Brittany Reese

Open Major
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Ed Ringger

BS, Bioinformatics
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Emma Santiago

Pre-Nursing
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Emily Sears

Lab Analyst
Nelson Labs

Robert Seymour

Research Technician,
Washington University in St. Louis
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Benjamin Song

Bioinformatics

Sarah Spendlove

PhD Candidate, Bioinformatics,
University of California, Los Angels

Lyndsay Staley

MS, Biology,
Brigham Young University
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Ryan Stinger

Medical Student
Georgetown University, School of Medicine
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William Strong

Resident Physician

Manti Su'a

Associate Vice President,
Deloitte
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Trent Tipton

Pediatric Orthopaedic Physician Assistant,
Cactus Pediatric Orthopaedics

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Eleni Tukuafu

Medical Laboratory Scientist
ASCP
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David Valentine

Kauwe Experimental Lab Manager
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Mo Villagran

Data Architect,
InformedDNA
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Elizabeth Vance Ward

BS, Bioinformatics
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Austin Wright

Bioinformatics

Sage Wright

PhD Student, Bioinformatics

Rachel McDonald Young

Laboratory Technician,
Neurology Department,
Virginia Commonwealth University