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Stephen R. Piccolo
Stephen R. Piccolo is an assistant 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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Dustin Miller
Dustin Miller is a PhD student. He grew up in Springville, Utah. He attended Utah Valley University as an undergraduate where he received a bachelor's degree in Biology. When not doing research, he enjoys spending time with his wife and being in the outdoors. The overall goals of Dustin's research are to: 1) identify germline compound heterozygous variants in childhood disease patients that may contribute to tumor growth or structural defect development. 2) better understand the influence of promoter hypermethylation on tumor suppressor genes across pediatric cancers.
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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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Nathan Mella
Nathan Mella is a bioinformatic undergraduate student of the class 2021. He grew up in Orem, Utah and served a mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nathan's passions include learning, research, and leadership. Nathan is the Founder and President of the Undergraduate Research and Internship Club. He has interned with Rheumatic Relief Samoa and the National Institute of Health. His current research involves predicting cancer patient survival rates with machine learning trained on multiple data types and data combinations. Outside of school, Nathan enjoys skiing, reading, and being the favorite uncle for his nieces and nephews.
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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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Ashlie Johnson
Ashlie Johnson is a sophomore studying Bioinformatics with a minor in French. She is from Idaho Falls, Idaho and served a mission in Paris, France. Anything French makes her happy! She also has a passion for music and enjoys playing the piano and violin in her free time. She is interested in cancer research and is excited to work in the lab!
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Emme Tuft
Emme Tuft is from Houston, Texas and is now a senior studying Bioinformatics with a minor in Chemistry. She served a mission in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and currently works for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as an interpreter for the Cambodian translation team. When she's not working in the lab, Emme enjoys serving on the BYU YServe Marketing Team, playing soccer and spikeball, spending time outside, and playing Super Smash Bros with her husband. She loves doing web development projects here in the lab as well as with the e-commerce company she works for, and she is interested in working for a Pharmaceutical company after she graduates.
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Alyssa Parker
Alyssa Parker is a senior at BYU double-majoring in bioinformatics and genetics, genomics, and biotechnology. She has participated in various genetic research projects at BYU with Dr. Rick Jellen and Dr. Stephen Piccolo, as well at Lineagen, a genetic testing company in Salt Lake City. She has spent time volunteering in the ER at Intermountain Healthcare and has found that she much prefers the analysis side of healthcare. She recently returned from serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is excited to begin applying to graduate programs in bioinformatics this year. 
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Landon Becker
Landon Becker is a bioinformatic undergraduate student. He is from Kaysville, UT and served a mission in Lima, Peru. He will be working on multiple projects in the lab, and when he is not in the lab he enjoys mountain biking, running, tennis, and skiing. After graduation he plans on attending medical school and his dream is to become a medical practitioner and a research physician.
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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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Jérémie Johnson
Jérémie Johnson is a bioinformatics undergraduate student. He is from San Diego, California. His work history includes teaching biology and computer science, guiding kayak tours, and teaching wilderness survival skills to teens and young adults. He is extremely excited by cancer research as well as immunology. Outside of work he enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking, cooking, and spending time near the ocean. This year he begins applying to PhD programs.
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Lab Alumni

  • Elizabeth Cook Anderson
  • Avery Bell
  • Erica Suh
  • Tyler Heaton

  • Jonathan B. Dayton

  • Kimball Hill
  • Brandon Fry
  • Zac Ence
  • Michael Bradshaw
  • Louisa Dayton
  • Daniel Larson
  • Dallas Larsen
  • Benjamin Cookson
  • Alyssa Parker
  • 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