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Dr. Justin Miller
Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Justin Miller received his Ph.D. in Biology from Brigham Young University in 2018. He earned a B.S. degree in Bioinformatics from Brigham Young University in 2015. Dr. Miller’s research focusses on algorithmic design and development. For his dissertation, Dr. Miller analyzed codon usage and coding sequence length biases across the Tree of Life. He is currently applying his research in codon usage dynamics to Alzheimer’s disease by analyzing human subpopulations for disease-specific mutations that effect gene translational efficiency. Dr. Miller is also developing novel tools to simplify risk factor identification across large datasets.
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Maegan Finley Leary
Lab Manager

Maegan has been a lab manager at Brigham Young University for ten years, 4 years in a population genetics lab and 6 in the Kauwe lab. She is trained in molecular lab techniques from DNA extractions to various PCR and sequencing methods. She has been published on 8 papers in the field of population genetics and 2 papers on the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease. Maegan enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband and 3 children.
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Marie Tueller Emmett
Research Administrator

Marie completed an undergraduate degree at BYU and an M.Ed. at Harvard University. As the lab research administrator, she works with Dr. Kauwe to provide support for the many ongoing projects in the lab. She is committed to the lab’s mission and is excited to contribute to continuing successes and outcomes. Marie likes to read and watch soccer while keeping track of the comings and goings of her husband, Chad, a geography professor, and their 3 children.
Current Graduate Students
Biology Undergrad
PhD Grad Program
Biology Undergrad
PhD Grad program
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Tina Tavana
Biology Undergrad
PhD Grad program
Current Undergraduates
Bioinformatics Undergrad
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Benjamin Bearss
Molecular Biology Undergrad
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Rachel McDonald
Physiology and Developmental Biology
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Joshua Parker
Physiology and Developmental Biology
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Joshua Cassinat
Biology
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Eden Gillette
Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology
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Katrisa Ward
Bioinformatics
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Matthew Hodgman
Bioinformatics
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Katherine Crawford
Biology
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Louisa Dayton
Bioinformatics
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Matthew Cloward
Bioinformatics
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Taylor Meurs
Bioinformatics
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David Valentine
Neuroscience
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Austin Gale
Bioinformatics
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Madeline Page
Bioinformatics
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Ed Ringger
Bioinformatics
Lab Alumni
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Ben Ainscough
PhD Candidate
Genome Institute, Washington University School of Medicine
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Matthew Bailey
Graduate Student
Washington University in St. Louis
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Krista Bean
Senior Bioinformatics Analyst
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
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Devan Bursey
Masters Student
Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University
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Jesse Cobell
Medical Student
University of Minnesota
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Francisco Darquea
ISU AEGD Residency
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Shane Dooley
Informatics Associate
DuPont Pioneer
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Kenisi Fonoimoana
Medical Laboratory Science Student
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Ariel Hippen
Bioinformatics Analyst
Ancestry.com
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Todd Jaramillo
Podiatry Resident
Wake Forest Baptist Health
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Caitlin Lythgoe
Program Coordinator
Center for Simulation and Innovation, University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
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David McKean
Graduate Student
Marquette University
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Miles McKee
Medical Student
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
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Ryan Miller
PhD Student
University of Utah, Molecular Biology
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David Patty
Software Engineer II
Qualtrics
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Ammon Perkes
Graduate Student
University of Pennsylvania, Biology Department
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David Peterson
Medical Student
Duke University School of Medicine
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Frederick Rohlfing
Medical Student
George Washington University, Ensign in US Navy
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Emily Sears
Lab Analyst
Nelson Labs
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Ryan Stinger
Medical Student
Georgetown University, School of Medicine
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William Strong
Medical Student
St. George's University
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Manti Su'a
Principle Investment Advisor
Single One International
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Eleni Tukuafu
Medical Laboratory Scientist
ASCP
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Mo Villagran
Actuarial Associate
Milliman
PhD Student, Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics, BS
Neuroscience, BS
Exercise Science, BS
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Moroni Chalita
Genetics & Biotechnology
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Austin Wright
Bioinformatics
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Lia Ludlam
Genetics and Biotechnology
Biology, MS
Microbiology, BS
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John Allen
Biology, MS
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MacKenzie Stewart Arrington
Family Life
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Brandon Anderson
Neuroscience, BS
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Calvin Quigley
Biology, BS
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Robert Seymour
Bioinformatics
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Monica Mackay
Bioinformatics
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Brooke Spencer
Public Health
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Omoremi Hamblin
Public Health
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Keni Reid
Neuroscience
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Emma Santiago
Pre-Nursing
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Taylor Avei
Biology
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Kameron Ho Ching
Physiology and Developmental Biology
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Quentinia Aspinall
Microbiology and Molecular Biology
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Joseph Peterson
Bioinformatics
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Devon McBee
Post-Bacc Studies