Current Lab Members
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.
Ryan is an undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Student at the University of Utah. He decided to join the Holmen lab in August of 2017 in order to learn more about the world of modern research and the innovative cancer research techniques currently being employed. He is currently working as a research assistant for a project studying the causes and effects of mutant IDH in gliomagenesis. Ryan is originally from Vancouver, WA and enjoys to swim and ski in his free time.
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.
Chelsea joined HCI’s Research Administration in September 2017. She is originally from Louisville, Kentucky but has lived in Salt Lake City since 2011. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Westminster College and attended the University of Utah for a Masters in International Affairs and Global Enterprise. She enjoys reading, Lord of the Rings marathons, going to Krav Maga, and cooking.
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.
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 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 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.
Initially from southern Missouri, Chris moved to Salt Lake City in 2017 to study biomedical engineering at the University of Utah. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he hopes to complete an MD/PhD program and contribute to research in biomedical engineering while also practicing clinical medicine, most likely in oncology or neurology. He loves watching/playing sports, learning new things (especially in math and science), exploring new places, and spending time with his friends and family.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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 (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 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.
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.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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.