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 3 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

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Ciarah Cook Biology, PhD 
Josue Gonzalez Biology, PhD 
John Allen Biology, MS 
Kenzie Arrington Human Development,  
Calvin Quigley Bioinformatics,  
Keni Reid Neuroscience,  
Brooke Spencer Biology,  
Elizabeth Vance Bioinformatics,  
Taylor Avei Biology,  
Gage Black Bioinformatics,  
Robert Seymour Bioinformatics,  
Monica Mackay Bioinformatics,  
Benjamin Bearss Molecular Biology,  
Rachel McDonald Physiology and Development Biology,  
Omoremi Deji Olantunde Public Health,  
Joshua Parker Physiology and Developmental Biology,  
Brandon Anderson Neuroscience, BS,  
Joshua Cassinat Physiology and Developmental Biology,  
Eden Gillette Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology,  

Lab Alumni

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, 
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,