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Jennifer (Schultz) Young Undergrad Program
Neuroscience
Graduate Program
Hometown
Huntington Beach,CA
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Biography
I was part of Dr. Stark's lab my junior year and it was a great experience! I'm now working as a medical assistant and office associate at a Primary Care Physicians' office. My husband and I got married in June 2014 and we just had our first child, a little girl, in January so we are just soaking up the baby love!

Nicholas Anderson Undergrad Program
Molecular Biology
Graduate Program
PhD in Cancer Biology at Univ of Alabama-Birmingam
Hometown
Renton, WA
Email
Biography
I worked in Dr. Stark's lab for most of the 2015-2016 school year, until I graduated in June 2016 in Molecular Biology. Dr. Stark was influential in my decision to go to graduate school immediately following graduation, and instrumental in my acceptance to my current program, the Cancer Biology PhD program at the University of Alabama - Birmingham. I am fluent in Portuguese and I like to barbecue, be outside, and sing for my wife and daughter.

Zach Call Undergrad Program
PDBio
Graduate Program
McGovern Medical School (UT Houston)
Hometown
Brigham City
Email
Biography
I worked in Dr. Stark's lab my senior years (college took way too long), and now I'm in med school in Texas, thanks to Dr. Stark's letter of recommendation!

Megan Campbell Undergrad Program
Physiology & Developmental Biology
Graduate Program
Hometown
Gainesville, GA
Email
Biography
I worked in Dr. Stark's lab for all of 2016, and I loved my experience there. I worked mainly on PCR projects for two labs. Now I enjoy supporting my growing family and continuing learning every day. I love hiking, all desserts, biology fun facts, traveling, and any new adventure with my husband.

Tiffanie Dahl Undergrad Program
Physiology and Developmental Biology (PDBio)
Graduate Program
BYU - MS in PDBio; University of Utah - PhD in Neuroscience
Hometown
Kennewick, WA
Email
Biography
I was in Dr. Stark's lab during my senior year at BYU. While there, I learned valuable lab skills and techniques that I have continued to use in graduate school. Dr. Stark also served on the supervisory committee for my Master's degree. During this time, Dr. Stark advised me and others in the lab on using the chick model system for experiments that were not feasible in mouse. I am currently at the University of Utah working on a PhD in Neuroscience. I feel that the level of teaching, research, and mentoring at BYU allowed me to be better prepared for my PhD program than many of my peers. I am grateful that BYU gives undergraduates the opportunity to become involved in, and take ownership of a real research project.

Morgan Francis Undergrad Program
Physiology and Developmental Biology
Graduate Program
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Hometown
Portland, OR
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Biography
I was involved with Dr. Stark's lab from August 2015-August 2016, studying the effects of ceramide on neural tube development in chicks alongside Micah Ross. I will be forever grateful for Dr. Stark taking me onto his research team during my final year at BYU. He was an enthusiastic and supportive mentor. He maximized my relatively short time in the lab by teaching me a wide variety of skills needed, not only for the projects we were currently working on, but for research in general. He was very aware of my goals both in and out of the lab and helped me to obtain them. After graduating from BYU, I worked as a clinical research assistant at Intermountain Healthcare for a year. I am currently attending medical school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, running, and reading.

Julie Hulet Goudy Undergrad Program
Physiology and Developmental Biology
Graduate Program
Physiology and Developmental Biology
Hometown
State College, Pennsylvania
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Biography
I started working in Dr. Stark's lab as a senior (I had been in two other labs prior to this). During this time, I worked primarily with helping the PhD student at the time with genotyping. From Dr. Stark's excellent mentoring and passion for his research, I decided to apply for the Master's program at BYU and remain in his lab with the intention of doing a comparative study of chick, swan, and goose development. As there were time restraints, I moved on to study the role of Wnt in the chick trigeminal placode. From the graduate program, I moved out to North Carolina with my husband to start at an osteopathic medical school, but left the program without finishing. We are still in NC with my 2 kids (2 years and 4 months) and am working in a lab at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Our research focuses on exploring the development of pacemaker cells in the heart and developing a new method for manipulating genetics in vivo. I largely credit Dr. Stark for his excellent tutelage and dedication to developing technically competent and critically thinking researchers. In addition, Dr. Stark gave me the opportunity to acquire skills not only in research, but also in leadership and management. Overall, BYU's undergraduate research program enriched my learning and challenged me in ways that the lecture halls and standard lab classes couldn't.

Jamison Harvey Undergrad Program
BYU- Physiology & Developmental Biology
Graduate Program
MD- Mayo Clinic
Hometown
Alpine, UT
Email
Biography
I worked in Dr. Stark's lab from 2011 until graduation in April 2014. I worked on various projects and learned fundamental skills in basic science, data interpretation, literature review, and manuscript preparation. Dr. Stark's mentorship meant the world to me while I was at BYU. My experience gave me confidence to pursue multiple research projects during medical school in plastic surgery, dermatology, OBGYN, and radiology. I am currently applying to Dermatology residencies and hope to continue a career in academics. Thank you Dr. Stark!

Kirk  Katseanes Undergrad Program
Physiology and Developmental Biology
Graduate Program
University of Montana School of Pharmacy
Hometown
Blackfoot, ID
Email
Biography
Dr. Stark accepted me into his lab at the beginning of my Junior year. I was able to work in a few different functions from the confocal microscope, PCR testing for other projects, and having fun on the cryostat! Being a part of this lab has helped me appreciate research and how to ask the right questions in science. This lab provided unique skills and knowledge that have helped me excel in my career path. Listen and learn all you can from Dr. Stark!

Rhonda N.T. Lassiter Undergrad Program
Biochemistry B.S., BYU
Graduate Program
Physiology & Developmental Biology Ph.D., BYU
Hometown
Aliso Viejo, CA
Email
Biography
I received my Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Stark. My time in the Stark lab was the highlight of my educational career. Professor Stark served as my committee chair and trusted mentor. My doctoral training focused on embryonic development of the vertebrate nervous system. Our research resulted in multiple publications on the elucidation of novel signaling networks involved in sensory neurogenesis. I was also privileged to receive a mentoring grant to develop the Capstone Developmental Biology course under the direction of Dr. Stark. Following course development, I worked as a Teaching Assistant learning valuable instructional skills. These incomparable experiences allowed me to develop into a successful scientist and educator. Following my time in the Stark lab, I worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine, a joint initiative of Shriners Hospitals for Children and UC Davis School of Medicine. There I investigated the mechanisms and prevention of congenital anomalies, including neural tube defects and craniofacial dysmorphism in neurodevelopmental disease. In parallel to my research, I worked for over a decade in education as a Professor of genetics and the biological sciences. I have a passion for translational science and am currently working as a Genetic Variant Scientist at Ambry Genetics, specializing in clinical diagnostics and interpretation of neurological disorders. I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity I had to work in the Stark laboratory and for the direction and dedication of Professor Stark.

Michael Miles Undergrad Program
Physiology & Developmental Biology
Graduate Program
Washington University School of Medicine
Hometown
Sandy, UT
Email
Biography
Michael worked in the Stark Lab from 2012 to 2015 working on a variety of projects including his Honors Thesis entitled "mTOR Inhibitors and Vasculogenesis in Chick Extra-Embryonic Tissue." He is currently a medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and his experience in the lab and mentorship from Dr. Stark were a key part of getting him where he is today. When he's not studying or working in the hospital Michael enjoys skiing, running, hobby board gaming, and reading fiction.

Jason Payne Undergrad Program
Neuroscience
Graduate Program
UGA - Poultry Science
Hometown
Weatherford TX
Email
Biography
I joined Dr. Stark's lab in January of 2011 as a Junior and stayed with him until I graduated in April of 2012. Dr. Stark was instrumental in helping me get hands-on experience with primary literature, basic lab techniques and embryology. The mentoring I received while in his lab allowed me to find a PhD position at the University of Georgia where I worked on transgenic technologies in chickens and blackhead disease in Turkeys. Throughout my PhD, I have frequently applied the skills, techniques and knowledge I received while working in Dr. Stark's lab to my own research projects. I am currently working as a postdoc with the intent of working in academia or the poultry industry. My wife and I have 6 children and one more on the way. If you are an undergrad wanting to learn or be challenged, I would highly recommend working in Dr. Stark's lab.

Stephanie Reynolds Undergrad Program
B.S. Biochemistry - BYU
Graduate Program
M.S. Zoology - Emphasis in Developmental Biology - BYU
Hometown
Aliso Viejo, CA
Email
Biography
I started working in Dr. Stark's lab as an undergraduate student in 2001. After graduation in 2002, I applied to the Master's program and was accepted in 2003. I continued my research in Dr. Stark's lab, studying the effects of FGFR4 in trigeminal placode cell delamination during neurogenesis in the developing chicken embryo. I graduated in 2006 and began teaching part-time at Utah Valley University, but continued to work in the lab as a Lab Manager until 2008. I have continued to teach various Biology lecture and laboratory courses at multiple colleges for the last 12 years. I am immensely grateful to Dr. Stark for his guidance and for mentoring me through the 5 years I was in his lab. Dr. Stark is a wonderful leader and teacher, and his example helped me to develop the traits I use as a professor in my current position as Associate Faculty in the Biology department at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. I will always be grateful for the time that I spent in the Stark Lab at BYU.

Chad Sellers Undergrad Program
Physiology and Developmental Biology
Graduate Program
Hometown
Placerville, CA
Email
Biography
I joined team Stark from Summer 2013 to the end of year 2014. At first I was helping Sang Lee with a reverse PCR project which didn't yield much of a result. Later on I joined in to help Julie with her masters research by sectioning early stage chick embryo heads in the cryostat and occasionally ran the incubation machine. I believe we were partly investigating the Wnt pathway and its involvement in different parts of the brain. Before I graduated I married my wife Celestial. We have 2 boys who run around screaming all the time. And I am in my 3rd year of dental school at UNLV here in Las Vegas area.

David Skanchy Undergrad Program
Physiology & Developmental Biology
Graduate Program
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Hometown
Sandy
Email
Biography
I had the privilege to work in Dr. Stark's lab my Junior year and to work as his teaching assistant for both online and independent study human anatomy my last two years at BYU. My research team studied the effects of ceramide on developing neural tubes in chicken embryos. I learned a variety of laboratory skills and developed many friendships during that time. Dr. Stark is a passionate teacher and an amazing mentor. He was essential in helping me fulfill my dream of going to medical school. I am currently living in Houston, TX with my beautiful wife Kylie and my one year old daughter Madelyn.

Selene Vazquez-Rocha Undergrad Program
Physiology and Developmental Biology
Graduate Program
Hometown
Chelan, WA
Email
Biography
I graduated from BYU in 2013 and moved back home to attend nursing school. I just became a registered nurse this past June and worked in a nursing home for about six months as a staff nurse. Loved it! Now I am living on Oahu, HI and am working as a nurse, I hope to start working as a labor & deliver nurse soon. I plan to get my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dixie State in the coming year and then apply to the Midwifery and Women's Health Doctorate of Nursing Program at the University of Utah.

Trevor Washburn Undergrad Program
PDBio
Graduate Program
Hometown
Chicago, IL
Email
Biography
Had great experiences working in Dr. Stark's lab. He provided many opportunities to understand basic research, learn new skills, lead projects, practice statistics, and critically analyze scientific literature. I worked with the confocal microscope, met many other professors, and left BYU with my name on a couple publications. Now I'm on my last year of medical school - developmental biology and research experience definitely came in handy.

Keith Wright Undergrad Program
Genetics and Biotechnology
Graduate Program
Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest
Hometown
Grants Pass, OR
Email
Biography
Participated in Dr. Michael Stark's research lab starting Winter 2012 to Fall 2013. Graduated from BYU with a bachelors in Genetics and Biotechnology, as well as a minor in Chemistry in December of 2013. After graduation worked for 6 months as an intern at Courtagen Life Sciences Inc in Sandy, Utah under the mentorship of Dr. Julie Eggington. Matriculated to Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest in Lebanon, OR in Fall of 2014. Currently engaged in clinical rotations in Central Point, OR.

Scott Yeates Undergrad Program
Neuroscience
Graduate Program
Ohio State University College of Medicine
Hometown
Orem, UT
Email
Biography
I worked in Dr. Stark's lab during my undergraduate studies at BYU. It was my first introduction to working with instruments under a microscope. After graduating from BYU, I attend medical school and then completed my residency and fellowship training to become a pediatric ophthalmologist. I have since returned to Utah County and now practice at Excel Eye Center in Orem.

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Past Lab Members

2001

Andrew J. Gunn

Alan D. Jones

Matthew (Matt) Ball

Paul Morris

Keith Wright

Jamie Jensen (2001-2003)

Keri Low

Zarah McCown

Christopher Cooper

Tyler Pitchfork

2002

Nelson Clement

2003

Regen Jazmin Herrera Payne

Justin Richey

Tanner Goff

Cody Winters

Jonathon Liljenquist

Scott Bramble

Alicia H. Silva

Alan Sutak

Michael Matthews

Scott Yeates

2004

Amy Jean Eisel

Jason Adams

Sarah Mendenhall

Trevor Washburn

2005

Heather Sedwick

Courtney Lenberg

Justin Wilhite

Zachary Call

Joel Crockett

Taylor Atkinson

2006

James Bradshaw

Patrick Leiter

2007

Allan Moser

Jacob Voelkel

Kayla Coughlen

Babe Kilgore

Erin Bailey

Trent Clifton

Adam Nicoll

Seth Vogel

Kirk Katseanes

Taylor Pollei

Taylor Brueske

Richard Graham

Adam Ottley

2008

Adam Ricks

Jamison Harvey

Jeremiah Steenhoek

David W. Brock

Nichelle Winters

Tiffanie Dahl

Matthew Snow

Julie Hulet

Ty Tietjen

Ronald Goode

2009

Sean Kent

Jennifer Schultz

Morgan Francis

Rhonda Lassiter

2010

Marc Allan

Michael Miles

Stephanie Reynolds

Britton R. Ercanbrack

Yaeyoung Kim

Jocelyn Bennion

Andrew Berrett

Chad Sellers

Samantha Wilcox

Ryan Hecht

Kristopher (Kris) Marin

Adella Brown

Jordan Bobo

David Skanchy

Matthew Williams

Melissa Madsen

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Bret Gardner

Katrina Hurst

2011

Clark Nichols

2012

Sang Lee

Joseph Harmon

Andrew Hansen (2009)

Brent D. Collins

2013

Matthew McCartney

Thomas Brinton

Daniel Moroni Stewart

2014

Jami Kimball

David F. Lowman

Laura Platt

Andrew Hansen

Daniel Reschke

Daniel Ashton

Todd Turner

Nestor Rodriguez

Michael Secrist

Jennifer King

Chad Spencer

Travis Beach

2015

Nicole Williams

Toria McMullin

Dustin Patrick

Angela Green

Jason Payne

Bradley Haynes

2016

Derek J. Leinenbach

Jeffery Scott Bird

David Webb

Jacob Basilus

Kyle Richardson

Nicholas Anderson

Tyler Prestwich

Whitney Blair

Brian Wright

Melissa Hansen

Glafira Vasquz Rocha

Emarie Covey (Swenson)




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