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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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Elizabeth Cook Anderson
I am from Salt Lake City, Utah and am a junior at BYU. I am a bioinformatics major with two minors: Business and Computer Science. I served a mission in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. If I’m not studying on campus or in a class, you could find me running around Provo, eating a Jdawg, playing the guitar, or reading at a park. I have recently interned with the Utah Public Health Laboratory where I did various projects surrounding their analyses processes.
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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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Lab Alumni

1. Avery Bell
2. Erica Suh
3. Tyler Heaton

4. Jonathan B. Dayton

5. Kimball Hill
6. Brandon Fry
7. Zac Ence
8. Michael Bradshaw
9. Louisa Dayton
10. Daniel Larson
11. Dallas Larsen
12. Benjamin Cookson
13. Alyssa Parker
14. Nathan Golightly
15. Haley Hilton
16. Jeremy Gygi
17. Rex Sumsion
18. T. James Lee
19. Samantha Jensen
20. Evan Jones
21. Ashton Omdahl
22. Adam Hansen
23. Clarissa Farmer
24. Shelby Taylor
25. Anna Guyer
26. Mike Frampton
27. PJ Tatlow
28. Douglas Hawkes
29. Weston Bodily (MS graduate)
30. Adam Lee
31. Parker Hollingsworth
32. Hyrum Eddington