Current Lab Members
Sheri Holmen, PhD, is a Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator and Co-Director of the Melanoma Disease Oriented Research Team (MDOT). She is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine, as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences. Dr. Holmen’s Lab aims to define critical ... Read More
Specialties: Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology, Neuro-Oncology
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.
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.
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.
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
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.