Lab Members

Current Lab Members

Kaitlin Basham

Kaitlin Basham

PhD Student
kaitlin.basham@hci.utah.edu

My project is focused on understanding molecular mechanisms that govern mammary gland development. Specifically, I am interested in the role of desmosomes during mammary branching morphogenesis and how these adhesion complexes are regulated.

Daria Drobysheva

Daria Drobysheva

PhD Student
daria.drobysheva@hci.utah.edu

The goal of my project is to establish a novel mouse model that can target gene expression to distinct mammary epithelial cell lineages. I am using this model to study breast cancer heterogeneity and mammary gland development in a cell lineage restricted context.

Maria McDowell

Maria McDowell

Post Doctoral Fellow
maria.mcdowell@hci.utah.edu

Hui Hui Shi

Hui Hui Shi

Senior Lab Specialist
huihui.shi@hci.utah.edu

Brittni Smith

Brittni Smith

PhD Student
brittni.smith@hci.utah.edu

My work has produced a novel mouse model that recapitulates diverse breast cancer histologies and generates both Luminal and Basal tumor subtypes. I am now focused on using this model to study the cell of origin and new therapeutics for the rare lipid rich breast tumor.

Rachel Vaden

Rachel Vaden

PhD Student
rachel.vaden@gmail.com

The goal of my project is to identify tumor-specific biological pathways that might be exploited as therapeutic targets in breast cancer. We hope to accomplish this goal by using novel small molecules to better understand the molecular mechanisms involved in tumor growth.

Bryan E. Whelm
Bryan E. Welm, PhD
Principal Investigator
bryan.welm@hci.utah.edu
Cancer Center Bio

Contact Us

Bryan E. Welm

Huntsman Cancer Institute
2000 Circle of Hope Dr., Rm 3342
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
801-587-4633
Bryan.Welm@hci.utah.edu