Clement Y. Chow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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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. 

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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
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. Rebecca is supported on the T32 Computational Approaches to Diabetes and Metabolism Training Grant.


Dana Talsness, Ph.D.
Bertrand T. Might Postdoctoral Fellow
Twitter: @dana_talsness

Dana received her BA in Biology and Chemistry from Luther College (Decorah, IA) in 2006. In 2014, she earned a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Minnesota. She then spent three years teaching Biology at her alma mater, Luther College before joining the Chow lab. In her free time she likes to go for hikes with her husband, son, and dog.


Katie Owings
Graduate Student
Twitter: @kgowings

Katie received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Delaware in 2015. As an undergraduate researcher, she worked in an organic chemistry laboratory. After graduating, she was a laboratory technician in the Chow lab for two years before joining the Molecular Biology graduate program at the U and returning to the lab as a graduate student. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and camping. 

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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. Nikki is supported on the T32 Computational Approaches to Diabetes and Metabolism Training Grant.

Krystal Chung
Rotation student


Kaitlyn Stevens
Undergraduate researcher/UROP

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.

Kiersten Thompson
Undergraduate researcher

Kiersten is a freshman at the University of Utah and is studying Biomedical Engineering and Biology. In 2017 she had the opportunity to work in the Seger Lab at the University of Utah studying epiphytes and forest development in Costa Rica. In her free time she likes to talk, play sports, read, and spend time in the outdoors. 

Jae Sophia Zuno
Undergraduate researcher

JaeSophia graduated from West High School in 2018 in the Top 5% of her class with both an Honors and IB Diploma. She is an incoming freshman double majoring in Biology and Chemistry. During her free time, she likes to play piano, swim, and spend time with her friends and family.

 2018 end of year lab BBQ

2018 end of year lab BBQ


Elaine Ong – Undergraduate researcher/UROP (2016-2018)
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)