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Lab Members
Sam Payne
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Principal Investigator
Sam Payne joined BYU in 2018 after 10 years of full time research in bioinformatics at PNNL and JCVI. His research interests are as broad as bioinformatics (all things biology that need data). Current research is mainly focused on algorithms for proteomics and data integration with applications to cancer, ALS, and criminal justice.
Hannah Boekweg
Hanna Boekweg is a Masters student in Biology with an emphasis in Bioinformatics. She is working on the temporal dynamics of proteins in ALS disease progression. Her favorite hobby is playing the violin, especially in orchestras and chamber groups.
Humberto Giraldez
I’m Humberto Giraldez. I’m a sophomore studying Computer Science with a Bioinformatics emphasis. I’m originally from Arequipa, Peru. I enjoy riding my electric scooter, eating In ‘n’ Out burgers, and hanging out with my nephews. 
Brittany Henderson
Undergraduate Researcher - Brittany is a junior majoring in bioinformatics with a nutritional science minor. She is interested in cancer research and personalized medicine. In her free time, she loves listening to movie soundtracks and hiking with friends.
Ben Kimball
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Undergraduate Researcher - Data Science and Cancer
Ben is a sophomore majoring in bioinformatics with a minor in computer science and Spanish. He plans to go to pursue a PhD after graduation, and is especially interested in the connections between computer science and improved health care. For fun, Ben loves to snowboard, play basketball, read and play the saxophone.
Caleb Lindgren
Undergraduate Researcher - Data Science and Cancer
Caleb is a sophomore studying bioinformatics, with minors in computer science and ballroom dance. He loves the rich variety of subjects contained within bioinformatics, and plans to pursue a PhD after graduation. He enjoys baking bread, biking, hiking, music, and performing
Daniel Machado
I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and lived there till I was 8 before coming to the U.S. I've been working with research for the past 5 years in topics such as Pharmaceuticals, Plant & Fungi Genomics and now Bioinformatics. I'm married to my beautiful wife and we've just had our first son!

Michaela McCown
Michaela McCown is a junior majoring in microbial genetics and biotechnology. She is interested in bioinformatics and programming, particularly as they interact with molecular research. She enjoys reading, running and board games.
Bryn Mendenhall
Bryn is currently a junior majoring in Bioinformatics. She is specifically interested in the connection between cancer and genetics found through technology and hopes to explore that in her future career. She loves history, fashion, dancing, and traveling to new places.
Lindsey Olsen
Undergraduate Researcher - Lindsey is currently a junior majoring in genetics, genomics, and biotechnology. She plans on pursuing a PhD in human genetics after graduating. In her free time she enjoys hiking, skiing, and going to the beach.
Teancum Paquette
Undergraduate Researcher - Teancum is entering his Junior year working towards a degree in Bioinformatics with a minor in Computer Science, and is currently on a pre-med track. His hobbies include basketball, jiu-jitsu, family bonding, and dog training.

Mason Taylor
I am a bioinformatics major who loves to learn about various processes in the human body. Especially when it comes to learning about diseases such as cancer. My goal is to join a lab and further our understanding of such diseases through the use of computer science. I love playing tennis, hiking, biking as well as both performing in and observing orchestras, choirs, and ballroom dance.

Daisha Van Der Watt
Daisha is a junior studying bioinformatics. She hopes to go on and work in the field of medical research studying cancer and autoimmune diseases. In her free time, she likes hiking, running, and camping.

Kylie Webber
I am a senior double majoring in Bioinformatics and Microbiology. I plan on getting a PhD in biomedical science. In the future, I hope to work with infectious diseases in a lab at the CDC. My hobbies include camping, hiking, baking and reading.