We are excited to have Radek Omelianczyk join the lab as a postdoc. Radek is working jointly in our lab and Paul Sigala’s lab in the biochemistry department. He brings lots of molecular and Plasmodium expertise and will be working on host parasite interactions.
Paige was selected as one of eight researchers to join the Human Genetics Scholars Initiative for 2022-2024. This program is run by the American Society of Human Genetics to promote diversity and inclusion in the field of human genetics. It provides individual and group mentoring, funding for career development, and attendance at the ASHG annual meeting. Paige is a citizen
Paige and Helena both got to experience the fun adventures of in-person conferences this year! We’re so glad to be able to start sharing our work and meeting the broader community again. Paige attended the PEQG (Population, Evolutionary, and Quantitative Genetics) meeting in Pacific Grove, CA in June. She will also be attending the ASHG (American Society of Human Genetics)
We hosted two fantastic summer students this year! Time flew by and they’ve already completed their projects. Lennae Nockideneh, a pre-nursing student at Dixie State University, joined us through the Native American Summer Research Internship (NARI) program. She worked with Paige on a project identifying potential blood group variants in the great apes. Dariana Rodriguez Purcell, a biology/pre-med and business major
The Leffler lab welcomes Pooja Rao for an in-person rotation in the lab! Pooja is a 1st-year Ph.D. student in the Biological Chemistry program.
The Leffler lab welcomes Madison Baugh for an in-person rotation in the lab! Madison is a 1st-year Ph.D. student in the Molecular Biology program.
The Leffler lab welcomes Braden Fallon for an in-person rotation in the lab! Braden is a 1st-year Ph.D. student in the Molecular Biology program. We are excited to be back in the lab space (masked) and meeting regularly.
Paige and Helena gave a virtual presentation to youth-in-custody at the Farmington Bay Youth Center in March 2021. They talked about their journey to becoming scientists, their research projects, and a general background in evolution and genomics. Through this presentation, they hoped to inspire the younger generation to have an interest in science. This outreach was through STEMCAP, an organization
The Leffler lab welcomes Eva Vigato for a virtual rotation in the lab! Eva is a 1st-year Ph.D. student in the Molecular Biology program.