Lab Members

Cornelia Ulrich, MS, PhD

Chief, Division of Cancer Population Science

Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Presidential Professor in Cancer ResearchSenior Director, Population SciencesDivision Head, Department of Population Health SciencesHuntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Dr. Cornelia Ulrich is a cancer epidemiologist whose research focuses on lifestyle and biologic factors in cancer prevention and cancer prognos... Read More

Email: u0991242@utah.edu

Phone: 801-213-5716

Jennifer Ose, MsC PhD

Jennifer Ose, MsC PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Ose earned her doctorate degree in cancer epidemiology (summa cum laude) from the Medical Faculty at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She has strong expertise in molecular epidemiology and the conduct of clinical and population-based studies. Dr. Ose is the Scientific Coordinator of the ColoCare Consortium consisting of six study sites in the US and one study site in Heidelberg, Germany. Her research focuses on studying colorectal cancer aiming to explore the role of one-carbon metabolism in the recurrence of colorectal cancer and to use metabolomics to characterize biomarkers that may be predictive for colorectal cancer.

Christy A. Warby, BA

Christy A. Warby, BA

Christy has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Utah and over 17 years of experience in research at the University. She is responsible for managing the daily operations of the lab including assay establishment and onboarding of new members. In addition, she is currently analyzing inflammation biomarkers in samples from the ColoCare study on the Meso Scale Discoveries platform.

Andreana N. Holowatyj, PhD

Andreana N. Holowatyj, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Holowatyj recently graduated with her PhD in Cancer Biology and a Graduate Certificate degree in Public Health Practice from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan. During her doctoral tenure, she was the recipient of many national and international awards where her translational research focused on the intersection of molecular epidemiology and basic science experiments in the lab to examine and decipher the complexities of cancer. She also developed a strong expertise on the impact of cancer health disparities on cancer risk, incidence, and outcomes.

At the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Dr. Holowatyj is a recipient of a National Institutes of Health/National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH/NHGRI) T32 Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Genomic Medicine. The focus of her research is to elucidate the molecular underpinnings (transcriptome, genome, metabolome, microbiome) of young-onset colorectal cancer using data from ColoCare, FOCUS, ORIEN, and other international consortia. In addition, her research work aims: to decipher how energy balance and tumor-adipose tissue crosstalk impact gastrointestinal cancer risk and/or outcomes, and to explore the roles of folate one-carbon metabolism and NSAID/aspirin pharmacogenetics in colorectal cancer risk. Andreana also continues her involvement with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), including as an invited panelist at the 2017 AACR Congressional Briefing, and was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the AACR Associate Member Council beginning in 2018.

Tengda Lin, MPH, MA

Tengda Lin, MPH, MA

Biostatistician II

Tengda is a Biostatistician in the Cancer Biostatistics Shared Resource at HCI. He is majorly responsible for statistical supports for the ColoCare program at Ulrich’s Lab. He received both his master degrees concentrated on Biostatistics from State University of New York at Buffalo. He is interested in applying Biostatistics to resolve questions in population science research, particularly relates to the investigation on the association between cancer and -omics.

Dominik Ose, DrPH, MPH

Dominik Ose, DrPH, MPH

Instructor

The focus of Dominik’s scientific career is on the development, implementation and evaluation of complex health services interventions. He is a public health scientist by training with a post-doctoral qualification (called “Habilitation”) as health services researcher. As Director for Scientific Implementation Projects at the INFOPAT Project (2011-2015; www.infopat.eu), he has overseen the development and implementation of a broad range of different health care concepts including an electronic personal health record for patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer or a primary care based case-management approach. In the recent years, his work is increasingly in the context of cancer care (e.g., survivorship in colorectal cancer patients, end of life care of lung cancer patients, patient reported outcomes). In terms of research methods, he is experienced in the application of qualitative (e.g. interviews, focus groups) and quantitative methods (e.g. multi-level analysis).   

Samantha Wise, MS

Samantha Wise, MS

Clinical Research Coordinator HCI-Total Cancer Care

Samantha studied Public Health during her undergraduate education and holds a Master’s degree in Health Promotion and Education with an emphasis in Integrative Medicine from the University of Utah. Her research interests include educational disparities of women in Utah, health behavior and the aging process, special considerations for rural populations, and qualitative data analysis.

She has worked in the field of genetic research since 2012 and previously helped enroll patients for Huntsman Cancer Institute’s REACH study which, in conjunction with genetic counseling services, focused on educating women and their families about hereditary breast/ovarian cancer to make informed health decisions. Additionally, she worked in the departments of Genetic Epidemiology and OB/GYN studying women from families with high-incidence rates of pelvic floor disorders identified through Utah Population Database pedigrees.

Samantha is currently working as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the department of Cancer Control and Population Sciences for the institutions bio-banking collection protocol called HCI-Total Cancer Care.

Bailee Rushton, CCRC, BS

Bailee Rushton, CCRC, BS

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Bailee is a certified clinical research coordinator for the Precision Exercise Prescription (PEP) study. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Utah and is a Utah Endorsed Medical Assistant with plans to eventually pursue a Master’s in Healthcare Administration. After working with the OB/GYN Research Network at the University of Utah as a study coordinator, she transferred to the group to continue her research career. Her primary responsibilities for the PEP study include patient recruitment, follow up, data entry, and regulatory compliance.

Caroline Himbert

Caroline Himbert

PhD student in Clinical and Translational Epidemiology in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah 

She joined the team at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in October 2015 and is now a PhD candidate. Caroline supports new patient recruitments as well as the ColoCare study organization and will perform her doctoral thesis within the study. Furthermore, she organizes the PEP study which is designed to test a personalized exercise program in lung cancer patients undergoing surgery. 

Elisa Santori, BSc

Elisa Santori, BSc

ColoCare Study Coordinator

Elisa Santori has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a medical emphasis from Montana State University in Bozeman. During her undergraduate studies, she was involved in research of the microbiota and its progression to bacterial vaginosis (BV). Her previous experience as a medical assistant at a cancer research clinic sparked her interest in oncological clinical studies. Elisa is the study coordinator for the ColoCare Study and is responsible for patient recruitment and enrollment. She manages specimen and data collection with the ColoCare participants.

Jessica Rhodes

Jessica Rhodes

Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, from the University of Utah. Before joining the Ulrich group in August 2017, Jessica was an Administrative Assistant for several other doctors and researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute.  She is currently responsible for managing the daily administrative tasks for Dr. Ulrich in her Senior Leadership role. In addition, Jessica also supports the entire Ulrich team through calendar management, professional travel, budgeting, grant support, and whatever various tasks she can do to aid the team in order to run smoothly.

Natalie Dayton, BS

Natalie Dayton, BS

Study Coordinator

Natalie received her bachelor’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology. She joined HCI in September 2017 and works as a study coordinator for Total Cancer Care in the Hematology Clinic. Her primary role is consenting and enrolling patients in 45880 and TCC studies.

Mikaela Larson, CCRP

Mikaela Larson, CCRP

Program Manager for Total Cancer Care/ORIEN

Mikaela directs operations for Total Cancer Care, a research program offered to all Huntsman Cancer Hospital patients. She leads the Total Cancer Care team and works closely with physicians and researchers to utilize samples and data for numerous studies. She is the liaison for ORIEN, a network of 17 leading national cancer centers that have all agreed to collaborate to share data and samples in order to accelerate cancer research. Before joining Huntsman Cancer Institute she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Macy Barrios

Macy Barrios

Total Cancer Care Study Coordinator

Macy holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Health, Society and Policy from the University of Utah with minors in Psychology and International Studies and has previously served in AmeriCorps. Originally from Louisiana, she moved to Utah in 2014 to pursue her education and eventually plans to pursue graduate education in public health and epidemiology. She has a background in public service, mental health, and social work with an emphasis in homelessness prior to joining the Ulrich Lab. Currently, Macy is working on the Total Cancer Care study and the ORIEN AVATAR project.

Rich Viskochil, PhD

Rich Viskochil, PhD

Rich received his PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts, where his dissertation work evaluated the impact of a 12-week exercise training program on diabetes risk factors in breast cancer survivors. His research focuses on the interactions between exercise, cancer and diabetes, as well as the metabolic health benefits that occur when people increase their physical activity and/or decrease their sedentary behavior.

Marissa Grande

Marissa Grande

Research Assistant

Marissa is a student research assistant for the ColoCare study. She is an undergraduate pre-med student at the University of Utah, majoring in Communications and minoring in Chemistry. She is currently in her second year at the U of U and plans on attending medical school in the Fall of 2020.

Hanna Omar-Payne, BS

Hanna Omar-Payne, BS

Study Coordinator

Hanna received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Utah in 2016. Prior to joining the Ulrich Lab, she worked as a research assistant in the Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury unit of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is currently the study coordinator for the Total Cancer Care SUPPORT Study, and is primarily responsible for participant recruitment, enrollment, and data collection.

Former Lab Members

Juergen Boehm, MD

Juergen Boehm, MD

Dr. Böhm is a research physician who received his MD from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany in 2010. Before joining the Division of Population Sciences at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in 2015, he worked at the Division of Preventive Oncology at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg, Germany. He has a strong expertise in epidemiological research and conducting clinical and population-based studies. Currently, he is currently working at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
Stefanie Brezina

Stefanie Brezina

Stefanie is currently a PhD candidate at Medical University of Vienna – Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). She was a visiting student for 3 months with the Ulrich Group working on the MetaboCCC and FOCUS studies.

Mahmoud Delphan

Mahmoud Delphan

Mahmoud, is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Exercise Immunology, Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department and Faculty of Humanities at Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran. He was a visiting scholar for 1 year with the Ulrich Group working on the ColoCare and PEP studies.

Rebekah Ess, BS

Rebekah Ess, BS

Former Research Assistant

Rebekah has a Bachelor’s degree in Health, Society, and Policy from the University of Utah and is currently in the Master of Science Public Health program. She has been involved in research for 5 years and her main interest is in epidemiology. Rebekah is a research assistant for the ColoCare study.

Cooper Field

Cooper Field

Cooper is currently a MD student at the University of Utah.

Alison Kimball

Former Intern

Alison is a summer intern from Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City. She works with the ColoCare team. She will graduate from Rowland Hall in 2018.

Litty Koshy, MPH

Litty Koshy, MPH

Former Study Coordinator

Litty was born in New York but moved to Texas where she received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Texas. From there, she had the opportunity to work at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she was introduced to public health and studies involving health behaviors and their link to genetics and social/psychological factors. This eventually led her to getting her MPH in the Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Florida, and she now works as a study coordinator for the HCI-Total Cancer Care SUPPORT study.

Kelly Stewart

Kelly Stewart

Kelly is a MS RD student from the University of Utah College of Health Sciences
Kelly Stewart is currently working on her Master’s thesis with the Ulrich lab, studying sugar intake among colorectal cancer patients and its association with systemic inflammatory markers. She is pursuing her masters in nutrition and registered dietitian (RD) credential at the University of Utah through their Coordinated Masters in Nutrition program. Prior to graduate school, Kelly received a BA in environmental studies from Mills College in Oakland, California.

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Neli Ulrich, MS, PhD
Principal Investigator
neli.ulrich@hci.utah.edu
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Open Positions

Research Assistant Professor or Postdoctoral Research Associate. To learn more view the online posting description (PRN12645B) or view the posting ad PDF.

To learn more, view the position description to apply online or email neli.ulrich@hci.utah.edu.