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Stephen R. Piccolo

Stephen R. Piccolo is an associate professor in the Department of Biology at Brigham Young University (BYU). He earned a B.S. degree in Management Information Systems from BYU in 2001 and then worked as a software engineer for five years at Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona. In 2011, he received a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Utah (advised by Dr. Lewis J. Frey). From 2011-2014, he was postdoctoral researcher jointly at the University of Utah (Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, advised by Dr. Andrea H. Bild) and Boston University School of Medicine (Division of Computational Biomedicine, advised by Dr. W. Evan Johnson). He teaches classes in biology and bioinformatics. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and distance running.

Graduate Students

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Ifeanyichukwu (Ify) Nwosu

Ifeanyi is a doctoral student from Nigeria. He earned a B.Sc. (2006) and M.Sc. (2009) in Biochemistry from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He then joined the Medical Genetics Unit, IMRAT, University College Hospital, Ibadan in 2011 as a Research Scientist working on the Genetics of Breast Cancer in blacks. His passion for bioinformatics led him to join the CASS group at IITA analyzing transcriptome data of cassava in 2017. His research focuses on using gene-expression data to explore the role of race in cancer biology. He spends his free time practicing taekwondo or riding his sports bike.
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Undergraduate Students

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James Wengler

James is studying bioinformatics with a minor in molecular biology. This is his first year in the lab and he is very excited to be working on the Geney and ExpressionAble projects. He is from Groveland, MA and is the oldest of 5 kids. He is currently a sophomore at BYU. When not doing homework, you can find him practicing with the BYU Dunk Team.
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Emi Ford

Emi Ford is a sophomore majoring in Bioinformatics. She served in the Norway Oslo mission and is fluent in three languages - English, Japanese, and Norwegian! Emi enjoys dancing and singing as well as drawing and painting. She also loves the outdoors. She was part of the Bioinformatics Research group team on the CAMDA CMap Drug Safety Challenge in 2018. Emi loves a good challenge and is always up to try something new.
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Badí Israel Quinteros

My name is Badí Quinteros. I am an international student from Cuenca, Ecuador. I am double majoring in bioinformatics and genetics, genomics and biotechnology. My plan after I graduate is to go to graduate school to study pharmacogenomics or genetic counseling. I am really excited to work in the lab and improve my research abilities. I served a mission in England. I play the violoncello and the piano. I love cooking Ecuadorian food and dancing.
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Eliza Kartchner

Eliza Kartchner is an undergraduate majoring in Bioinformatics at BYU. Eliza finds DNA to be one of the most interesting molecules on earth and is often found explaining its complexities to her non-bio major friends. She served a mission in Romania. Some of her hobbies include long distance running, cooking, and enjoying nature.
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Lab Alumni

  • Dustin B. Miller (PhD graduate)
  • Alyssa C. Parker
  • Zach Eliason
  • Landon Becker
  • Emme Tuft
  • Jérémie Johnson
  • Nathan Mella
  • Ashlie Johnson
  • Elizabeth Cook Anderson
  • Avery Bell
  • Erica Suh
  • Tyler Heaton
  • Jonathan B. Dayton (MS graduate)
  • Kimball Hill
  • Brandon Fry
  • Zac Ence
  • Michael Bradshaw
  • Louisa Dayton
  • Daniel Larson
  • Dallas Larsen
  • Benjamin Cookson
  • Nathan Golightly
  • Haley Hilton
  • Jeremy Gygi
  • Rex Sumsion
  • T. James Lee
  • Samantha Jensen
  • Evan Jones
  • Ashton Omdahl
  • Adam Hansen
  • Clarissa Farmer
  • Shelby Taylor
  • Anna Guyer
  • Mike Frampton
  • PJ Tatlow
  • Douglas Hawkes
  • Weston Bodily (MS graduate)
  • Adam Lee
  • Parker Hollingsworth
  • Hyrum Eddington