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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.

Carolyn Allen

Carolyn is a Junior studying Bioinformatics. She is planning on going to medical school. Carolyn loves trail running, hiking, and playing the piano.

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. 

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

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.

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.

Devorah Stucki

Devorah is in her senior year in the Bioinformatics program with plans to apply to medical school next summer. She’s passionate about using technology to find innovative solutions to complex problems. When she’s not working Devorah loves horses, music and camping

Robert Oldroyd

Robert Oldroyd is a senior studying Bioinformatics. He is interested in all things related to biology and computer science. His hobbies include trying new things, reading, and hiking.