Clement Y. Chow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mario R. Capecchi, PhD Endowed Chair in Genetics
cchow <at> genetics <dot> utah <dot> edu

Twitter: @clementychow

Clement received his BA from Cornell University in 2003. He completed his Ph.D. in 2008 in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan, where he worked with Miriam Meisler. Clement completed his postdoctoral training as a co-mentored postdoc with Andy Clark and Mariana Wolfner at Cornell University. While not in the lab, he is wrangling two unruly children.


Emily Coelho
Laboratory Manager

Emily is a Utah native but left her home state for the wonders of the Northwest where she received her B.S. at The Evergreen State College in environmental/agricultural sciences. She changed her scientific focus when she joined the Malik Lab where she studied the role of genetic conflict between centromeres and centromere-associated proteins in D. melanogaster and D. simulans. Emily is a big fan of hiking, fishing, and kicking a soccer ball around. 

Karen Peralta
Laboratory Technician

Karen graduated from Bucknell University in 2017 with a BA in Biology. As an undergraduate researcher, she worked with plants. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, learning about new things and places, and watching crime and politics TV series.

Rebecca Palu, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
rsomer <at> genetics <dot> utah <dot> edu
Twitter: @RebeccaPalu

Rebecca received her B.S. in Biochemistry in 2010 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She completed her Ph.D. from the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah in the lab of Carl Thummel. In her free time Becky enjoys hiking, backpacking, and watching Nebraska football or the Minnesota Twins.

Nikki Russell
Graduate Student

Nikki graduated from the University of Utah in 2016 with an honors B.S. in Biology. In her free time, she likes to water ski, watch football, read fantasy novels, and hang out with her dogs.

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Andre Cruz
LEAP Undergraduate Researcher

Andre is a junior at the University of Utah, studying Medical Laboratory Science. In his free time, he likes to paint and go hiking with his dog. 

Elaine Ong
UROP Undergraduate Researcher
Chevron Foundation UROP Scholar

Elaine is a junior at the University of Utah studying biology and business.  Outside of lab, she enjoys playing the piano, hanging out with her dog, and being a resident advisor.



Kaitlyn Stevens
Undergraduate researcher

Kaitlyn is just starting at the U on a long road towards getting accepted into the university's School of Medicine. She is exploring majors in a science related field. In her free time she volunteers at her local library and animal shelters and she loves to read, travel, and play the bass guitar.


Josh Lowry – Postdoc (Summer 2016 – Fall 2017)
Katie Owings – Technician (Fall 2015 – Summer 2017)
Nicole Moreno – Rotation student (Spring 2017)
Macaulie Casey – Rotation student (Fall 2016)
Kaitlyn Ellis – Rotation student (Fall 2016)
Damaris Perez – Undergraduate researcher (Fall 2016)
Mark Wadsworth – Rotation student (Fall 2016)
Mariam Alam - Undergraduate researcher (Spring 2016)