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.



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.


  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

Ciarah Cook Biology, PhD 
Josue Gonzalez Biology, PhD 
Tina Tavana Biology, PhD 

Current Undergraduate Students

Calvin Quigley Bioinformatics,  
Keni Reid Neuroscience,  
Elizabeth Vance Bioinformatics,  
Taylor Avei Biology,  
Gage Black Bioinformatics,  
Robert Seymour Bioinformatics,  
Monica Mackay Bioinformatics,  
Benjamin Bearss Molecular Biology,  
Rachel McDonald Physiology and Developmental Biology,  
Omoremi Deji Olantunde Public Health,  
Joshua Parker Physiology and Developmental Biology,  
Joshua Cassinat Biology,  
Eden Gillette Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology,  
Brooke Spencer Public Health,  
Katrisa Ward Bioinformatics,  
Matthew Hodgman Bioinformatics,  
Katherine Crawford Biology,  
Emma Santiago Nursing-premajor,  
Kameron Ho Ching Physiology and Developmental Biology,  
Quentinia Aspinall Microbiology and Molecular Biology,  

Lab Alumni (see CV for complete list)

Ben Ainscough PhD Candidate, Genome Institute, Washington University School of Medicine 
Matthew Bailey Graduate Student, Washington University in St. Louis 
Krista Bean Senior Bioinformatics Analyst, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation 
Devan Bursey Masters Student, Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University 
Jesse Cobell Medical Student, University of Minnesota 
Francisco Darquea ISU AEGD Residency,  
Shane Dooley Informatics Associate, DuPont Pioneer 
Kenisi Fonoimoana Medical Laboratory Science Student,  
Ariel Hippen Bioinformatics Analyst, Ancestry.com 
Todd Jaramillo Podiatry Resident, Wake Forest Baptist Health 
Caitlin Lythgoe Program Coordinator, Center for Simulation and Innovation, University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix 
David McKean Graduate Student, Marquette University 
Miles McKee Medical Student, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences 
Ryan Miller PhD Student, University of Utah, Molecular Biology 
David Patty Software Engineer II, Qualtrics 
Ammon Perkes Graduate Student, University of Pennsylvania, Biology Department 
David Peterson Medical Student, Duke University School of Medicine 
Frederick Rohlfing Medical Student, George Washington University, Ensign in US Navy 
Emily Sears Lab Analyst, Nelson Labs 
Ryan Stinger Medical Student, Georgetown University, School of Medicine 
William Strong Medical Student, St. George's University 
Manti Su'a Principle Investment Advisor, Single One International 
Eleni Tukuafu Medical Laboratory Scientist, ASCP 
Mo Villagran Actuarial Associate, Milliman 
Sage Wright PhD Student, Bioinformatics,  
Kristen Cockriel Bioinformatics, BS,  
AnnaLeah Larson Neuroscience, BS,  
Lelann Latu Exercise Science, BS,  
Moroni Chalita Genetics & Biotechnology,  
Austin Wright Bioinformatics,  
Lia Ludlam Genetics and Biotechnology,  
Lyndsay Staley Biology, MS,  
Meganne Ferrel Microbiology, BS,  
John Allen Biology, MS,  
MacKenzie Stewart Arrington Family Life,  
Brandon Anderson Neuroscience, BS,