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Stephanie Angel

Stephanie Angel
Lab Technician
stephanie.angel@hci.utah.edu  

Stephanie joined the Holmen lab in December 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has years of experience working with animals in field research, zoological, and laboratory settings. Stephanie calls San Antonio, TX her home, but is excited to pursue her outdoor hobbies in the beautiful state of Utah, which include birding, herping, hiking, and running.

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Rowan Arave
Undergraduate Student
rowan.arave@hci.utah.edu  

Rowan is an undergraduate student at the University of Utah pursuing an honors degree in Biological Chemistry. She began working in the Holmen Laboratory in August of 2012 researching prevalent oncogenes in melanoma. Previously, she has worked on neurobiological research in the Birman lab at ESPCI ParisTech in Paris, France.

Nick Duke

Nicholas Duke
Nicholas.Duke@hsc.utah.edu

I am from Utah and enjoy classical music. I am majoring in psychology with a minor in chemistry. I love chemistry, anatomy, and physiology. This love has stemmed from working in hospitals in a medical setting for over three years. During this time and experience I have participated in patient care, holding different positions that involve surgery, endoscopy, and ophthalmology. I love to hike, catch bugs, and animals especially with my lovely wife Jamie. I am grateful for the opportunity to work in the Holmen Lab and assist in research to benefit the lives of patients battling various melanoma and glioblastoma.

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Emily Estheimer
Administrative Assistant
emily.estheimer@hci.utah.edu 

 

Christian Flynn

Christian Flynn
Christian.Flynn@hci.utah.edu

I am an undergraduate at the University of Utah double majoring in Molecular Biology and Neuro-Psychology, with minors in Chemistry, Human Evolution, and Cognitive Science. I am a trained dental assistant, chemical laboratory technician, and CNA. I am preparing for Medical school and aspire to become a Neurosurgeon. I am excited to be a part of the Holmen lab and am interested in the ontological study of Glioblastoma. I hope my research experience here will prepare me for my own future research projects as well as a rewarding career in medicine, oncology, and neuroscience. In my free time I love to hike and travel with my wife and puppy, as well as snowboard, rock climb, and waterski.

David Kircher

David Kircher
Graduate Student
david.kircher@hci.utah.edu

David graduated from the University of Utah in 2013 with a degree in biology and joined the Holmen lab in May 2014. He has a background in law enforcement as a police officer, a position that he resigned to pursue a PhD in cancer biology. His interests include astronomy, chess, sports, and traveling with his wife and daughter. David aspires to one day run a laboratory of his own or work in the industry as a research scientist studying signaling pathways in cancer. 

Yolancee Nguyen

Yolancee Nguyen
yolancee.nguyen@hci.utah.edu

I am an Honors College student who is majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Biological Chemistry and minoring in Chemistry. I earned an Associate’s Degree from Salt Lake Community College in General Studies and have gotten certified as a Surgical Technologist during my high school years. I want to go to medical school and I aspire to become a surgeon—specifically cardiothoracic or reconstructive surgery. I have a high interest in oncological studies and I’m glad I can be a part of the Holmen Lab which would allow me to further my interest in, specifically, the ins and outs of skin cancer—melanoma. I hope to complete my senior thesis on the pathways that aid in the growth of metastatic melanoma and I hope I can take that into my future studies of medicine. If I am not working at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital as a Surgical Technologist, working here at the Holmen Lab, going to school, or volunteering, I LOVE to hike and travel. I have a high wanderlust level and the more I can explore new cultures and new surroundings, the happier I will be. I, also, have a passion to bake and cook—I plan to go to cooking in school in Italy before I start medical school. I’m super excited to be a part of this lab and I hope I can help make a difference!

Gennie Parkman

Gennie Parkman
Lab Aide
gennie.parkman@hci.utah.edu

Gennie moved to Salt Lake City from Missouri in 2014 and completed her degree in Cell & Molecular Biology at the University of Utah. She joined the Holmen lab in December 2015 and is pursuing graduate education in the field of molecular biology. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her husband and dogs, biking, sports, and cooking.

Beatrice Philip

Beatrice Philip
Postdoctoral Fellow
beatrice.philip@hci.utah.edu

Beatrice hails from Bangalore, India. After completing her master’s degree in Biotechnology, she moved to Australia to pursue her PhD. During her doctoral studies, she investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying hypoxia signaling in neural crest derived tumors. Following the completion of her PhD in Dec 2014, she joined the Holmen Lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Her current research focuses on studying the role of IDH mutation in gliomagenesis, progression and therapeutic response. Beatrice is also interested in understanding the effect of 2-HG on HIF regulation in gliomas. Besides research, she enjoys travelling, music, reading, and cooking.

Mark Silvis

Mark Silvis
Postdoctoral Research Associate
mark.silvis@hci.utah.edu

Originally from Pennsylvania, Mark completed his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2009.  Prior to joining the Holmen lab  in early 2016 as a postdoctoral research associate, he did his postdoctoral training in the lab of Valeri Vasioukhin at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where he studied the signaling mechanisms involved in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma formation.  His current research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of melanoma formation and metastasis.  In his free time Mark likes to ski, backpack, hike, rock climb, and cook.

Danika Sommer

Danika Sommer
Danika.Sommer@hci.utah.edu

Danika (duhneekuh) is an undergraduate student at the University of Utah pursuing a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in chemistry. She has worked as a medical assistant through college but her true interests lie in medical research, which the Holmen Lab has gratefully sparked her curiosity for. After graduating in the near future, she hopes to apply for a graduate program, specifically in biochemistry/immunology so that she can be immersed in an educational environment and contribute to science along the way working in a lab. In her spare time, Danika loves to hang out with friends/family and travel to new places.

Sean Strain

Sean Strain
Undergraduate Student
sean.strain@ymail.com

Sean is an undergraduate student studying chemistry with a biology emphasis at the University of Utah. He intends on applying to medical school after obtaining his undergraduate degree. Sean is from Eagle, Idaho and enjoys bouldering and reading in his spare time.

Kirby Trombetti

Kirby Trombetti
Undergraduate Student
kirby.trombetti@hci.utah.edu  

Originally from southern Utah, Kirby moved to Salt Lake City in 2012 to attend the University of Utah where he studies sociology. Although he has an unconventional major from a laboratory standpoint, Kirby plans to continue his education by applying to medical school after completion of his undergraduate degree. In his spare time he enjoys sports, spending time with his friends and family, and basically anything outdoors.

Adam Welker

Adam Welker
Undergraduate Student
adam.welker@yahoo.com

Adam is an undergraduate student at the University of Utah studying Biology. He is planning on applying to a Physician's Assistant program after he finishes his undergraduate degree. In his spare time he likes to ski, rock climb, mountain bike, and cook.

Diana Yu

Diana Yu
Postdoctoral Research Associate
diana.yu@hci.utah.edu

Diana completed her PhD in Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego in 2008. She did her postdoctoral training in the field of Stem Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the Salk Institute where she worked on the differentiation of hippocampal granule neurons from human pluripotent stem cells. Diana joined the Holmen lab as a postdoctoral research associate in the spring of 2016. Her current research project is on the role of BRAF mutation in glioma formation and progression. In her free time, Diana enjoys Ballet and Ballroom dancing.

Joseph Cho

Joseph Cho
Former MD/PhD Student

Having lived in Salt Lake City for the past 6 years, Joe proudly claims it as his home. He is originally from the East Coast and completed undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia. When he grows up, Joe hopes to pursue clinical research as a medical oncologist. His current interests range from spirituality to co-op living to road biking.


Russell Green

Russell Green
Former Graduate Student

Russell is a Virginia native and graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 2013 with a degree in biotechnology. After moving to Utah to begin his PhD training, he joined the Holmen lab to pursue his interest in cancer biology. His main research interests is connecting basic biological processes and how they are involved in human health and disease. Outside of lab he can be found mountain biking, skiing, camping and enjoying Utah’s outdoor offerings.


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Matthew Guthrie
Former Undergraduate Student

Matt is an undergraduate student at the University of Utah studying Biology and French. He joined the Holmen lab in May 2012 working on characterizing the role of mutant IDH in glioma. Upon completion of his undergraduate degrees, Matt plans to pursue an MD/PhD keeping neuro-oncology the focus of his career.


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Stephanie Hardy
Former Lab Assistant

Stephanie graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and a minor in Chemistry. She has many years of experience working with animals in clinical as well as laboratory settings. She is a certified Laboratory Animal Technician through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science.  In her spare time she enjoys competing in rodeo in events such as team roping, barrel racing and breakaway. She also enjoys hiking with her dog, snowboarding, wakeboarding and riding her Harley motorcycle.


Lindsey Lloyd

Lindsey Lloyd
Former Undergraduate Student

Lindsey graduated from Hillcrest High School with honors in 2011. She studies Exercise Sport Science at the University of Utah with a career ambition to be a physical therapist, pharmacist, or dermatologist. In 2013, Lindsey was crowned Miss Sandy. Her platform is Education for the Eradication of Preventable Skin Cancer.


Darren Lynn

Darren Lynn
Former Lab Assistant

Darren is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he majored in biology and researched novel drug compounds that could be used to therapeutically treat various cancers. At HCI he researched the effect of different drug combinations to treat patients with late stage melanoma. He started medical school fall 2014. Darren is married and in his spare time he enjoys playing the piano, tennis, and reading.


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Gemma Robinson, PhD
Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Gemma is from Manchester, England. She joined the Holmen laboratory in early 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow having completed her PhD thesis, entitled “The identification and characterization of novel proteins and metabolic signaling pathways that regulate TRAIL-induced apoptosis”, in late 2011. Her current research interests lie in the development of pre-clinical brain tumor mouse models to characterize genes involved in the initiation, progression and/or maintenance of gliomas. Gemma is also interested in developing her teaching skills with the goal of developing online courses for distance learning in the STEM disciplines. In her spare time, Gemma enjoys skiing and hiking.


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James Robinson, PhD
Former Research Associate

James is from Derbyshire, England. He joined the Holmen laboratory in 2008 having completed his Ph.D. at the University of London. James helped develop our mouse model of melanoma and validate the roles of BRAF and MEK singling in glioma. He is a recent recipient of a National Cancer Institute Pathway to Independence Award to study the role of tumor microenvironment interactions in colon cancer.  His long-term goal is to develop a systematic approach for the identification and validation of stromal signaling pathways responsible for the promotion, maintenance, metastasis, and chemoresistance of cancer. His other interests include hiking, climbing, history and philosophy.


Jaclyn Shahan
Former Undergraduate Student

Jaclyn graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. She has a deep passion for physiology and biology and is interested in studying patients with a family history of melanoma. Jaclyn plans to become a Physician Assistant specializing in dermatology.


Clifford Shin

Clifford Shin
Former MD/PhD Student

Clifford joined the Holmen Lab in fall of 2013 as an MD/PhD student. He aspires to become a physician scientist in the field of neurology/oncology. Clifford calls Los Angeles home and received a degree in Neuroscience and Molecular Biology from Columbia University as a John Jay Scholar. His interests include gastronomy and fine art.

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Joycelyn Tross
Former Lab Technician 

Joycelyn is from Virginia Beach, VA. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. She is the youngest of three, with one older brother and sister. Prior to working at the HCI, she worked in an infectious disease research lab with a focus on HCV. Joycelyn relocated to Utah in 2012, with her husband, and joined Dr. Holmen's lab in May of the same year.  She enjoys gardening and loves animals, especially her cats! She enjoys playing field hockey and lacrosse, and training for and competing in triathlons and various running events. She volunteers with the youth group at her church and is involved in the community. She is a member of the Desert Sharks Triathlon team and is the coordinator for the Tiger Sharks Junior Triathlon Team in Utah.


Tara Winter

Tara Winter
Former Undergraduate Student

She received her Associate's Degree from Southern Utah University in 2012 and is working towards a Bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Utah. She enjoys running, skiing, and yoga in her spare time.