Team

Current Members

Taylor Aucutt´╗┐

Taylor Aucutt´╗┐

Undergraduate, Lab Aide

I have worked with the Camp Lab as a lab aide for almost four years now, working mainly on extracting RNA and DNA from tumor and normal cells and FFPE. I have worked with the lab through UROP for three semesters, presented the Camp Lab research twice, and published an abstract in the 2020 Undergraduate Research Journal. I am in the final stretch of my undergraduate career, majoring in biology with a cellular and molecular emphasis and minoring in chemistry, psychology, and ceramics. I aspire to go to medical school and become a forensic pathologist/medical examiner or continue to work in research.

Living in Utah all my life means that I have an unparalleled appreciation for the mountains and outdoors. Aside from wanting to be hammocking by a lake somewhere, my studying time is also split between wanting to work on a ceramics piece, setting up a new Betta fish tank, or finding new plants to take care of.

Brian Avery, PhD

Brian Avery, PhD

Biostatistician
brian.avery@hci.utah.edu

Brian is a recovering cell biologist, geneticist, and teacher who made the leap to statistics and data analysis. His MSTAT project used bootstrap resampling, PCA, and Procrustes rotation to characterize reduced dimension variables extracted from large RNAseq datasets. Now that Brian’s finished with his MSTAT, he’s happily analyzing big biomedical and genetics data full time. He actually enjoys data munging (ew!), thinks data visualization is fun, and thinks every project should be reproducible. He bounces back and forth between using R and Python and has a soft spot for Linux systems.

Julie Feusier

Julie Feusier

Postdoctoral Fellow
julie.feusier@hci.utah.edu

Julie Feusier received her PhD studying de novo retrotransposition rates in human families. She is interested in studying the genetics and transcriptomics in human disease. Her main project in the Camp Lab is to find ways to better characterize the transcriptome in chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Nathan Harris, PhD

Nathan Harris, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
nathan.harris@hci.utah.edu

Nathan is a postdoctoral research associate in the Camp and Hanson labs. He finished his MS and PhD in anthropological genetics at the University of Utah. His past research projects in anthropology centered around natural selection in the human genome and introgression of archaic hominins. His current research interests include patterns of multiple cancer types within families and developing genomic profiles for cancer susceptibility.

Brandt Jones

Brandt Jones

Lab Manager
brandt.jones@hsc.utah.edu

I have been involved in research at the University of Utah since 1990. I have been running the lab for Nicki Camp since 2012. As lab manger, my current duties include the daily laboratory operations, training students, and assisting in experimental design and application. I develop and ensure standard operating procedures are maintained and adhered to. I am also responsible for coordinating with collaborators here at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute as well as national and international collaborators.

Thanh Le

Thanh Le

Undergraduate, Lab Aide

I am on a PreMed route double majoring in Health, Society, and Policy alongside International Studies - Global Health. I hope to become a physician in order to support low-income populations. I am a first generation student from a low-income household and I aspire to become better through the pursuit of education. I discovered Dr. Camp’s research through the PathMaker program at HCI. I'm passionate about our labs research as many of my family members have been affected by cancer. I am excited about being part of this research.

Michael Madsen

Michael Madsen

Biostatistician
myke.madsen@hci.utah.edu

I am a biostatistician who has worked with Nicki Camp since 2016. I have primarily focused on genetic analysis of complex diseases in large pedigrees and multi-dimensional transcriptomics. As my daughters would say, "I like looking at pictures of dots." My happy place is floating on a river somewhere in Southern Utah.

Camila Nieto

Camila Nieto

Undergraduate, Lab Aide

I have been working in the lab since 2018. As a current University of Utah student, the experience I have gained while working in the lab has been tremendously rewarding. My job is to help with extractions, recording of data, and organizing lab equipment. My goal is to pursue a career in the medical/research field once I graduate.

Rob Sargent

Rob Sargent

Programmer/Software Engineer
rob.sargent@utah.edu

Focused mainly on the SGS software suite, including file preparation, project deployment, and cloud-based SaaS execution. Still skating after all these years.

Sandie Strauss

Sandie Strauss

Program Manager
sandra.strauss@hci.utah.edu

As a division manager in the Internal Medicine Department at the University of Utah for 20 years, I was responsible for the administrative, financial, human resources, and logistical operations of the division. Since leaving that position in 2015, I have thoroughly enjoyed working part time as program manager for the amazing Nicki Camp and her fabulous team. It provides the perfect balance of work and leisure.

Justin Williams, MS

Justin Williams, MS

Clinical Research Coordinator
justin.williams@hci.utah.edu

I’m involved in sample collection, processing, and data management for the Camp Lab. My primary focus is on hematological malignancies and breast cancer. I coordinate the consenting of patients and collection of samples to be used in various applications such as genotyping and sequencing. Together with these samples, I collect and prepare clinical data variables that are used as part of in-house applications as well as national and international collaborations.

Outside of work I enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, and soccer.

Former Members

Mahathi Challapalli

Mahathi Challapalli

Graduate Student, Biomedical Informatics

I recently graduated with a MS in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Utah, with an emphasis on handling genomic data. As a graduate assistant at the Camp lab during my MS studies, I focused on breast tissue and breast tumor whole transcriptome data, high-density SNP genotyping data, pathology and mammographic density data. I explored issues of harmonization, and designing tools to associate these different data types. It was an immense pleasure to work at the Camp lab and be part of the team.

Rosalie Waller, PhD

Rosalie Waller, PhD

Graduate Student, Biomedical Informatics

The goals of my dissertation were to develop approaches to address and model heterogeneity to identify genomic variation involved in myeloma risk and prognosis. My dissertation focused on three projects. The first described a novel family-based method designed to overcome heterogeneity statistically and identified the first familial susceptibility variants for myeloma. The second project interrogated exome sequencing in a small number of familial or early-onset myeloma cases at common loci associated with blood cancers. The third project shifted to disease prognosis and tumor variation and described a novel framework for transcriptome data using multiple independent traits, called spectra. These translational bioinformatics approaches addressed a critical gap – how to search omics datasets to determine factors that contribute to human complex disease.

I am now a postdoctoral research associate at the Mayo Clinic studying germline-tumor interactions in B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas.