John 'Keoni' S.K. Kauwe, Ph.D

John "Keoni" S.K. Kauwe, Ph.D

Contact Dr. Kauwe at:

4146 LSB Provo, UT 84602
phone: 801-422-2993
fax: 801-422-0900

Dr. Kauwe's Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Welcome to the Kauwe Lab

Dr. John Kauwe with 3 students

We are interested in the genetic architecture of complex traits. Our current research is focused on using cerebrospinal fluid protein levels as intermediate traits, or endophenotypes, to identify genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease. We also have several ongoing projects using whole genome sequence data to identify risk factors for Alzheimer's disease, healthy aging and other traits. We have collaborators at several large clinical centers and focus on data analysis and bioinformatics. Please click on the Research tab for details on the funded work in the Kauwe Lab.
DateNews & Events
August 2014Dr. Kauwe granted tenure and promotion to Associate professor
June 2014Dr. Kauwe 2014 McMillian Award for Excellence in Alzheimer’s disease research
February 20148 Kauwe Lab undergraduates (Kevin Boehme, Devan Bursey, Josue Gonzalez, Tyler Mower, Ammon Perkes, Lyndsay Staley, Eleni Tukuafu) win ORCA Undergraduate Research Award
January 2014Dr. Kauwe named Scientific Lead for SAGE AD Challenge (!Synapse:syn2290704)
January 2014Dr. Kauwe named Senior Associate Editor for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Journal
August 2013Dr. Kauwe receives the Young Scholar Award from BYU
April 2013Dr Kauwe, Matt Bailey, David McKean publish in Neuron
March 2013New Vision Grant awarded (Dr. Kauwe PI)
February 20126 Kauwe Lab Undergraduates (Frederick Rohlfing, Aaron Gustin, Caitlin Munger, Lyndsay Staley and Cameron Schmutz) win ORCA Undergraduate Research Awards! Congrats!
November 2012Congratulations to Perry Ridge for successfully defending his PhD. First Kauwe Lab PhD graduate!
Nov 2012Paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine! (pdf) Kauwe lab PhD Candidate Perry Ridge is a co-author. For news reports click here.
August 2012 NIH-NIA R01 application (Dr. Kauwe PI) FUNDED!!!!!!!!
June 2012Kauwe Lab member Michael Peterson was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship
April 2012Kauwe Lab Undergraduate have had great success being placed in summer internships this summer! Congratulations to:Shane Dooley-ARUP Laboratories, David Patty-Qualtrics, Lucas Pinto-Harvard University, Matthew Bailey and Caitlin Munger-University of Utah, Michael Peterson-Niigata University (Japan)
March 2012NIH-NIA R01 application (Dr. Kauwe PI) ranked three points better than the published funding line...will it be enough!?!?! Stay tuned for an update after the funding meetings in May!
February 2012Kauwe Lab Undergraduates Mo Lee and Ben Ainscough accept positions as PhD students in the Human Statistical Genetics program at the Washington University Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences
February 2012Kauwe Lab Undergraduates Mo Lee, Ryan Stinger, Tanner Cox, Krista Bean, Michael Peterson and Jesse Cobell receive Research Awards from the BYU Office of Research and Creative Activities.
January 2012Dr. Kauwe featured as the WUSTL DBBS Alumni Spotlight
January 2012John A. Widtsoe grant awarded (Dr. Kauwe PI)
January 2012BYU Gerontology Program Research Grant awarded (Dr. Kauwe PI)
September 2011Paper published in Archives of Neurology including Kauwe Lab undergraduate David Patty as a co-author (see Publications)
August 2011Kauwe Lab receives 3 year, $150K grant from the Alzheimer's Association to study the genetic factors that influence the rate of progression of disease.
August 2011Paper published in Archives of Neurology including Kauwe Lab PhD Candidate Perry Ridge as a co-author (PDF here)
July 2011Kauwe Lab Undergraduates David Peterson, David Patty and Matthew Bailey presented posters at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's disease in Paris, France.
May 19th, 2011Kauwe Lab welcomes its newest member, Nawai Keith Kauwe!!!!!!
April 2011Kauwe Lab undergraduates David Patty and Matthew Bailey receive travel fellowships to attend the International Conference on Alzhiemer's disease.
April 2011Dr. Kauwe co-authors two papers in the same issue of Nature Genetics Paper 1 Paper 2. Media coverage here.
March 2011Kauwe Lab Undergraduate Matthew Bailey is awarded a BYU Cancer Research Center Fellowship
February 2011Ten undergraduate research assistants from the Kauwe Lab awarded ORCA grants from BYU
February 2011Paper published in PLoS ONE including Kauwe Lab undergraduates Wayne Latu, Manti Su'a and Mo Lee
January 2011BYU Gerontology Program Research Grant awarded (Dr. Kauwe PI)
December 2010Kauwe lab is awarded Mentoring Environment Grant by BYU
September 2010Kauwe lab featured by KUTV 2News (video) and ABC4 News (video)
September 2010Paper published in PLoS Genetics (see Publications)
September 2010NIH Grant R01 AG035083 is funded (Dr. Kauwe subcontract PI)
July 2010Paper published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (see Publications)
February 2010Kauwe lab undergraduate research assistant Taylor Turnbull receives Office of Research and Creative Activities Grant from BYU
January 2010Kauwe lab is awarded Mentoring Environment Grant by BYU