Steering Committee

Willard H. Dere, MD, FACP

Dr. Dere has extensive experience in clinical research during his 25 year stint in the biopharmaceutical industry.  The experience was complemented by substantive regulatory and drug safety experience during that time. At the University of Utah, Dr. Dere serves as the Executive Director of the Program in Personalized Health and Co-Director of the U... Read More


Rachel Hess, MD, MS

Chief, Division of Health System Innovation and Research

Specialties: Internal Medicine, General


Cynthia Berg, PhD

Cynthia Berg is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah and an investigator of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Berg's research interests involve the ways individuals, throughout their lives, cope with chronic health conditions together with close relationships. Her research examines how collaboration can serve to enhan... Read More


Jorge Contreras, JD


J. Michael Dean, MD, MBA

Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care, Vice-Chair, Research, Vice-Chairman for Finance, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Dean is Professor and Vice Chairman for Research in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He directs the Clinical Trials Office in the Department, and serves as the Associate Dean for Clinical Research at University of Utah Health.  He attended Northwestern University Medical School (1977) and performed his ... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care


Peter J. Haug, MD

Dr. Peter J. Haug earned his MD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently he directs the Homer Warner Center for Informatics Research at Intermountain Healthcare and is a professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, where he is involved in research and postgraduate education. His expertise includes the foll... Read More

Research Interests: Clinical Decision Support Systems, Machine Learning/ Artifical Intelligence, Medical Information Systems, Natural Language Processing, Ontology, Predictive Modeling

Specialties: Internal Medicine, General


Wyatt R. Hume, DDS, PhD


Christopher R. Johnson

Director, Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute

University of Utah

Laurence J. Meyer, MD, PhD

Larry Meyer, MD, PhD, Professor of Dermatology and Internal Medicine, and Associate Chief of Staff, Research, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, has specialized expertise in medical dermatology, genetic skin disease, and management of complex patients with multiple medical problems. Dr. Meyer's main clinical focus is immunobullous disea... Read More

Research Interests: Genetic Diseases, Immunobullous Diseases

Specialties: Dermatology


L. LuAnn Minich, MD

Dr. L. LuAnn Minich received her undergraduate degree in West Virginia at Marshal University and her M.D. from West Virginia University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Minich serves as the Director of Ped... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Cardiology


Ken R. Smith, PhD

Ken Smith, PhD, is an investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), a professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies at the University of Utah, and a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program. As a family demographer and medical sociologist, Smith's research has focused on suspected psychosocial consequences of ge... Read More


Wesley I. Sundquist, PhD

Co-Chair, Department of Biochemistry

Wesley Sundquist, PhD, is Samuels Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah. He is also a member of the Cell Response and Regulation Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.Sundquist received a bachelor's degree from Carleton College, Minnesota, and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His hono... Read More

Research Interests: Cytokinesis, ESCRT Pathway, HIV, Immunity, Protein Design, Structural Biology of Retroviruses


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Andrew S. Weyrich, PhD


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