Andrology and IVF Laboratory staff
Odgerel Badamjav, B.S.
Ogi was born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a B.S. in Microbiology. At BYU, Ogi worked in Virology and the chemical engineering laboratories researching the elimination of scrapie prion infectivity in vitro and using low frequency ultrasound to release cancer drugs. He joined the Andrology team in the spring of 2007. Ogi loves playing soccer and doing triathlon. Someday, he hopes to participate in Ironman Hawaii.
Lori Barnard, M.S.
A native of North-Central Kansas, Lori received a MS in Communication from Fort Hays State University. She came to Andrology in 2005 as the Administrative Assistant to Dr. Douglas Carrell. She schedules consult patients, purchases supplies, and provides administrative support to both the Andrology & IVF Laboratories. Lori has also worked in the Otolaryngology and Orthopedic Departments at the University of Utah as well as at Allen Communication. Lori is a quilter and has pieced a genome-quilt “Protamine 2,” demonstrating an Andrology Lab research topic, which is displayed in the UCRM and Andrology Laboratories suite. Now that they are empty-nesters, Lori and her husband, Pete, are considering a life-time goal of seeing every National Park in the USA.
Benjamin R. Emery, M.Phil., T.S. (ABB)
Benjamin earned his B.S. and M.Phil. at the Univerisity of Utah. He is board certified as a Technical Supervisor in Andrology and Embryology by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB). Ben joined Andrology in 1997 and currently is the Andrology Program Manager, overseeing the daily operation of the Andrology Laboratory. He has studied infertility for several years and has authored and contributed to numerous scientific articles and book chapters in this field of study. Ben enjoys spending time with his family, renovating his family’s old Tudor home, the outdoors, and recently began competing in triathlons.
Debbie Foster, M.S., T.S. (ABB)
Debbie Foster received her B.S and M.S, emphasizing Human Biology, at BYU. She subsequently came to the University of Utah in 1991 to further pursue her education and began working in Andrology as a lab technician at the same time. She has worked on research projects and papers and supervised/managed the Andrology laboratory for many years. Currently she handles special projects, including accreditation and proficiency testing, FDA regulations, billing, and tissue storage. With her “free” time, she enjoys her young family, sewing, working with Photoshop and has a current appointment as adjunct online faculty with BYU-Idaho.
Tim Jenkins, B. S.
Tim graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Physiology and Developmental Biology in April 2008. He joined the Andrology team in April of 2009 as a Physiology graduate student. His research focuses on male genetic and epigenetic factors that may contribute to recurrent pregnancy loss. His free time is spent enjoying his family and the outdoors. On weekends during spring and summer months he also works as a fly fishing guide/instructor.
Lihua Liu, M.D.
Lihua Liu completed her M.D. at West China University of Medical Sciences in 1982 and got her M.S degree at the same university in 1986. She worked as doctor and medical-school teacher for six years. Lihua jointed University of Utah Hematology Lab in 1992 and worked for five years. There she involved in the study of albumin as pre-coagulant factor. She started to work in the Andrology Lab in the November of 1997. Her work mainly involved in human sperm protamine and sperm integrate study and the in vitro culture and the vitrification of mouse oocytes. After work, she enjoys reading, swimming, hiking and Taiji.
Tony Peterson, B.S.
Tony graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Biology in May of 2003. He Joined the Andrology team in January of 2005. He is currently one of our embryologists. His free time is spent with family and many outdoor activities.
Matt Sanderson, M.Phil
Matt was raised in Lehi, Utah. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Southern Utah University in 2000 and started working for Andrology shortly after. While working for Andrology he received is Masters of Philosophy in Physiology from the University of Utah. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, reading and traveling.
Luke Simon, Ph. D., Post Doctoral Fellow
Luke completed his Masters in Biotechnology from the University of Madras, India in 2005 with a specialization in DNA fingerprinting. For his dissertation research he analysed the effect of sperm DNA fragmentation on male infertility and assisted reproductive treatment outcome. In April 2011, Luke joined the Andrology team at University of Utah. His research interests are principally focused on sperm DNA damage, protamine and the effects of oxidative stress on male fertility. In addition, Luke is developing novel methods of sperm selection to improve IVF success rates. Luke developed an interest in cooking, and in his free time he loves to play any outdoor sports.
Tristan Villalobos, M.S.
Tristan Villalobos grew up in Layton, Utah. She graduated from the Weber State University with a B.S. in Forensics. She then went on to earn her M.S. from Weber State University and worked as a Crime Scene Investigator for 12 years. She joined Andrology in 2010. She enjoys spending time with her children; camping, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.
Aaron Wilcox, B.S.
Aaron received his BS degree in microbiology with a minor in chemistry from BYU in 1987. He has worked for the Andrology department at the University of Utah since that time and has been trained in all aspects of Andrology and IVF. He is currently the IVF program manager and has contributed to numerous professional publications over his 20+ years, as well as trained many others in embryology. He has also spent time in Minneapolis MN, Baltimore MD and Irvine CA performing embryo biopsies and other aspects of ART. When at not work, he enjoys spending time with his family and open water swimming. He has swam Alcatraz 4 times and plans to do so many more times in the future.