Lab Personnel





Maegan Finley Leary
Lab Manager

Maegan has been a lab manager at Brigham Young University for seven years, 4 years in a population genetics lab and 3 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 2 children.


  Justina Tavana
Biology Department Administrator

Justina (Tina) completed her B.S. in Biology from Brigham Young University-Hawaii in 2003. After graduation, Tina moved to Provo where she worked in Pediatrics for 9 years while completing a Masters in Business Administration. Tina is excited to be a part of the Kauwe Lab and is passionate about science and the exciting research that is happening in the lab.

  Marie Tueller Emmett
Research Administrator

Marie recently joined the team as the research administrator.  She completed an undergraduate degree at BYU and an M.Ed. at Harvard University.  Her professional focus has been higher education administration and she is looking forward to contributing in positive ways to the great efforts and research going on in the Kauwe Lab.   

Current Students

Click on each current student to see their personal student accomplishments.

Ciarah Cook Biology, PhD 
Josue Gonzalez Biology, PhD 
Lyndsay Staley Biology, MS 
John Allen Biology, Ms 
Kenzie Arrington Human Development,  
Meganne Ferrel Microbiology,  
Calvin Quigley Bioinformatics,  
Keni Reid Neuroscience,  
Brooke Spencer Biology,  
Elizabeth Vance Bioinformatics,  
Lia Ludlam Genetics and Biotechnology,  
Taylor Avei Biology,  
Austin Wright Bioinformatics,  
Gage Black Bioinformatics,  
Robert Seymour Bioinformatics,