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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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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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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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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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Zach Eliason
Zach is an undergraduate student studying Bioinformatics from Provo, UT. He is excited by ecology and using computational methods to study it. In his free time he enjoys exploring outdoors, reading, coding, and gardening.
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Lab Alumni

  • Emme Tuft
  • Jérémie Johnson
  • Nathan Mella
  • Ashlie Johnson
  • 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