Lab Members


 
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Jonathan Alder, Ph.D.
Principle Investigator
 
Research Focus:  My laboratory is interested broadly in how telomeres contribute to human health and disease. Telomeres are perhaps the best-characterized biologic clock and telomere shortening is a universal feature of aging. As such, understanding the pathologic state found in families with mutations in telomere genes provides a window to study the aging process accelerated. We are currently focused on understanding how telomere dysfunction leads to lung disease. We use genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, and animal models and to investigate the mechanisms underlying telomere biology.    

Biography: 
  • Ph.D., Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, 2007
  • B.A., Chemistry, University of Utah, 2001
Academic - Post-Secondary
  • Instructor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2012-2014
  • Research Associate, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2010-2012


Personal Interests: Telomeres and preventing injuries in the lab
     
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  Kelsey Phillips
Graduate Student 
 
Research Focus: Special focus on Cas9 mediated in vitro gene knock-in, but works heavily on all aspects of the lab.

Biography: Has a cute baby boy named Ellis Jeffery Phillips. Graduated from BYU in 2011 in Physiology and Developmental Biology

Personal Interests: Skiing, traveling, baking, and raising Ellis
   
  Mitch Garey
Full-time Technician 
 
Research Focus: Everything. Especially anything Mark can't do well.

Biography: From Denver, CO. Graduated from BYU in Physiology and Developmental Biology, 2016.

Personal Interests: Rock climbing, volleyball, sky diving, ruling the lab with an iron fist and a black coat.
     

  Mark Roth
Undergraduate Studies: Biochemistry
 
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  Taylor Brown
Undergraduate Studies: Neuroscience

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  Kadie Kovach
Undergraduate Studies: Public Health
 
Research Focus: Histology

Biography: From Fort Collins, CO

Personal Interests: Hiking, backpacking, reading, painting, drawing  
     
  Eric Kim
 Undergraduate Studies: Neuroscience
 
Research Focus: Histology

Biography: From Valencia, CA

Personal Interests:  Chemistry, sports, playing the guitar
     
  Josh Tanner
Undergraduate Studies: Physiology and Developmental Biology 
 
Research Focus: Histology

Biography: From Russia

Personal Interests: Communism, clubbing
     
  Collin Sanderson
Undergraduate Studies: Physiology and Developmental Biology 
 
Research Focus: Tissue Culture

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  Jaren Ashby
Undergraduate Studies: Neuroscience
 
Research Focus: Tissue Culture and Molecular Biology

Biography: From St. George, UT

Personal Interests: All things competitive (sports and games), and movies
     
    Katherine McCormack
Undergraduate Studies: Chemical Engineering
 
Research Focus: Molecular Biology

Biography: From Platte City, MO

Personal Interests: Playing games, especially trivia games, sewing, knitting, and playing racquetball. 
     
  Hunter Peterson
Undergraduate Studies: Physiology and Developmental Biology 
 
Research Focus: Animal Care and Husbandry

Biography: From Snowflake, AZ

Personal Interests:  Oatmeal, Sleep, Just Dance, Soccer, Spam, guitar
     
  Riley Vest
Undergraduate Studies: Exercise Science
 
Research Focus: Animal Care and Husbandry

Biography: From Sacramento, CA

Personal Interests:  Basketball and Water Polo
     
    Kent Christensen
Undergraduate Studies: Physiology and Developmental Biology 
 
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    Max Miller
Undergraduate Studies: Physiology and Developmental Biology 
 
Research Focus: Animal Care, Husbandry, Surgery

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    Hannah Aanderud 
Undergraduate Studies: Physiology and Developmental Biology
 
Research Focus: Tissue Culture

Biography: From Portland, Oregon 

Personal Interests: Yoga, reading, traveling, volunteering, and looking at pictures of cute dogs online
     
    Haifa Almughamsi
Graduate Student 
 
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Biography: From Jedda, Saudi Arabia. Received Masters in Biochemistry from Tennessee State University

Personal Interests: Reading, doing research, volunteering, and spending time with family

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