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Solving the world's problems one student at a time
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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
Braden Patten
Braden Patten
Genetics, Genomics & Biotechnology
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Natalie Seufale
Open Major
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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
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
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
PhD, Biology
Brigham Young University
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Katherine Crawford
Biology
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
Orthopedic surgery resident,
UT Health San Antonio

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
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
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
MD candidate,
University of Utah
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
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
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
Research Technician,
Washington University in St. Louis
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Benjamin Song
Bioinformatics
PhD Candidate, Bioinformatics,
University of California, Los Angels
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
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
PhD Student, Bioinformatics
Laboratory Technician,
Neurology Department,
Virginia Commonwealth University