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Undergraduate Program
Genetics and Biotechnology

Graduate Program
Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest

From
Grants Pass, OR

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 intern at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine - Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Email  mrkeithbwright@gmail.com
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Undergraduate Program
PDBio

From
Chicago, IL

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.

Email  washburntrevordavid@gmail.com
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Undergraduate Program
Physiology and Developmental Biology

From
Chelan, WA

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.

Email  gsvazquez27@gmail.com
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Undergraduate Program
Physiology & Developmental Biology

Graduate Program
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

From
Sandy

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.

Email  davidskanchy@gmail.com


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Undergraduate Program
Physiology and Developmental Biology

Graduate Program


From
Placerville, CA

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.

Email  chad.evan.sellers@gmail.com


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Undergraduate Program
B.S. Biochemistry - BYU

Graduate Program
M.S. Zoology - Emphasis in Developmental Biology - BYU

From
Aliso Viejo, CA

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.

Email  msreynolds7@gmail.com


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Undergraduate Program
BYU - PDBIO

Graduate Program
Northwestern University - MD

From
Salt Lake City, UT

Biography


I worked in the Stark Lab from 2010-2012 as an assistant working on numerous projects. I was also the confocal microscope technician, trainer, and coordinator. Working in the Stark Lab gave me a solid research foundation that has followed me through medical school and into residency. I completed an MD degree at Northwestern University. Prior to medical school I commissioned as an officer in the USAF and am currently in an emergency medicine residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. I have a lovely wife, 2 boys and the sweetest little girl you've ever seen.

Email  daniel.j.reschke@gmail.com


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Undergraduate Program
Neuroscience

Graduate Program
UGA - Poultry Science

From
Weatherford TX

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.

Email  enyapja@hotmail.com


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Undergraduate Program
Biochemistry B.S., BYU

Graduate Program
Physiology & Developmental Biology Ph.D., BYU

From
Aliso Viejo, CA

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.

Email  rntlassiter@gmail.com


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Undergraduate Program
Physiology and Developmental Biology

Graduate Program
University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy/MPH

From
Blackfoot, ID

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!

Email  kirk.kats@gmail.com


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Undergraduate Program
BYU- Physiology & Developmental Biology

Graduate Program
MD- Mayo Clinic

From
Alpine, UT

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!

Email  harvey.jamisonanne@gmail.com


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Undergraduate Program
Physiology and Developmental Biology

Graduate Program
Physiology and Developmental Biology

From
State College, Pennsylvania

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.

Email  juliel.hulet@gmail.com


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Undergraduate Program
Physiology and Developmental Biology

Graduate Program
University of Virginia School of Medicine

From
Portland, OR

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.

Email  mjf6rd@virginia.edu


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Undergraduate Program
Physiology and Developmental Biology (PDBio)

Graduate Program
BYU - MS in PDBio; University of Utah - PhD in Neuroscience

From
Kennewick, WA

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.

Email  tiffanie.dahl@gmail.com


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Undergraduate Program
Physiology & Developmental Biology

Graduate Program


From
Gainesville, GA

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.

Email  megancampbell814@gmail.com


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Undergraduate Program
PDBio

Graduate Program
McGovern Medical School (UT Houston)

From
Brigham City

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!

Email  zachcall3@gmail.com


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Undergraduate Program
Neurosciencce

Graduate Program
Medicine (MD)

From
Mesa, AZ

Biography


After graduating from BYU with a degree in Neuroscience, I moved to SLC for medical school at the Universtiy of Utah. I anticipate graduating in the spring of 2022 and am currently considering pursuing a residency in Internal Medicine with further training in Cardiology.

As a medical student I have continued my research experiences, but have shifted from bench research with chick embryos and NTDs to clinical research doing a lot of retrospective chart reviews.

I'm always happy to talk and advise those looking to attend medical school. Please feel free to reach out via email at any time.

Email  tyson.burnham@hsc.utah.edu


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Undergraduate Program
Molecular Biology

Graduate Program
PhD in Cancer Biology at Univ of Alabama-Birmingam

From
Renton, WA

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.

Email  andernr@uab.edu


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