STARS TL1 Mentors

List of Mentors included in this program. Mentors not listed may still be eligible for this program. If your proposed mentor is not on the lists below, please send inquires to contact Linda Galbreath at linda.galbreath@hsc.utah.edu

Discovery Mentors 

Name/Degree(s)

Rank

Department Affiliation

Research Area

Research Interest

Orly Alter, PhD Assoc. Professor Bioengineering Genomics, Scientific Computing Genomic signal processing, integration of different types of large-scale molecular biological data
Joshua Bonkowsky, MD, PhD Assoc. Professor Pediatrics Neurology Human neurogenetic diseases Human variants in neurological disease in model organisms
Bradley Cairns, PhD Professor Oncological Sciences Genomics Utilization of epigenomics in understanding chromatin-transcription relationships
Nicola J Camp, PhD Professor Internal Medicine Genomics Developing methods to provide paradigm shifts for genetic discovery and applied gene-finding projects
Lisa Cannon-Albright, PhD Professor Internal Medicine (Genetic Epidemiology) Genetic Analysis/Genomics Genetic research utilizing the unique genealogies and high risk-pedigrees in Utah for complex disorders, including diabetes
Hilary Coon, PhD Professor Psychiatry  Genetic Analysis/Genomics Genetics of psychiatric disorders, incorporating sequencing, gene expression, and epidemiology to understand risk
Jennifer Doherty, PhD Assoc. Professor Population Health Sciences Cancer Population Science Using molecular epidemiology to leverage bioinformatic approaches towards better understanding cancer
Jason Gertz, PhD Assist. Professor Oncological Sciences Genomics Developing technologies for genomics research including gene regulation in particular
Hamid Ghandehari, PhD Professor Pharmaceutics and Bioengineering Experimental Therapeutics Development of methods for controlled delivery of bioactive agents
Christopher Gregg, PhD Assist. Professor Neurobiology and Anatomy Genomics Discovery of epigenetic effects that alter genetic architecture in the brain and the development of gene therapies
Stephen Guthery, MD Professor Pediatrics Genomics Genetics of immunological disease and clinical study design
Lynn Jorde, PhD Professor Human  Genetics Genomics Human genetic variation and disease, whole genome sequencing analysis
Gabor Marth, DSc Professor Human  Genetics Genomics Development of genomic big data analysis tools
Aaron Quinlan, PhD Assoc. Professor Human  Genetics Genomics Utilization of computer science and machine learning techniques to develop genomic technologies
Russell Richardson, PhD Professor Geriatrics Physiology Oxygen transport from air to tissue, the link between vascular and skeletal muscle function
Sean Tavtigian, PhD Professor Oncological Sciences Genomics Areas of genetic susceptibility to cancer
Martin Tristani-Firouzi, MD Professor Pediatric Cardiology Genomics Genomic basis of inherited arrhythmia syndromes, functional validation and characterization of putative disease-causing genetic variants, and cardiac development
Katherine Varley, PhD Assist. Professor Oncological Sciences Genomics gene expression, transcription factor binding, and DNA methylation profiles
Alana Welm, PhD Assoc. Professor Oncological Sciences Genomics Patient-derived xenograft models to allow direct testing of new drugs and comparison in vivo
Corrine K Welt, MD Professor Endocrinology and Metabolism Reproductive Disorders Early identification and intervention, and identification of new treatment targets for infertility
Mark Yandell, PhD Professor Human Genetics Genomics Software development for model system and human genome sequencing

 Demonstration Mentors

Name/Degree(s)

Rank

Department Affiliation

Research Area

Research Interest

Alfred Cheung, MD Professor Internal Medicine Nephrology Chronic kidney disease and its cardiovascular complications and treatments
Erin Clark, MD Assoc. Professor Obstetrics/ Gynecology Maternal-Fetal Medicine Genetic and environmental factors that contribute to preterm birth and neurodevelopmental sequelae
Mollie Cummins, PhD Assoc. Professor Nursing Clinical Informatics/Big Data Analytics Application of machine learning methods to induce predictive models from health care data
J. Michael Dean, MD, MBA Professor Pediatrics Clinical Research Informatics Data coordination for large scale multi-center clinical trials
Guilherme Del Fiol MD, PhD Assist. Professor Biomedical  Informatics Clinical Informatics Delivery of patient-specific clinical evidence from the literature and Web into electronic health records to support clinical decision making
Stavros G Drakos, MD, PhD Professor Cardiology Cardiac Recovery Cardiac recovery associated with unloading and MCS in the chronic heart failure (HF) setting and the acute setting (i.e. acute HF/cardiogenic shock)
Karen Eilbeck, PhD Assoc. Professor Biomedical Informatics Genomics/Clinical Informatics Genome sequence annotation, gene ontologies, precision medicine
Lee Ellington, PhD, RN Assoc. Professor Nursing Acute and Chronic Care Communication with family caregivers of advanced cancer patients and the effect of caregiver wellbeing
Angela Fagerlin, PhD Professor Population Health Sciences Decision Aids Methods to communicate complex medical information to patients and populations
Tracy Frech, MD Assist. Professor Internal Medicine Systemic Sclerosis Early diagnosis and health care delivery to systemic sclerosis patients through meticulous patient phenotyping
Julie Fritz, PhD, PT Professor Physical Therapy Musculoskeletal Conditions Use of large datasets of clinical and claims data and the implementation of evidence-based treatment for low back pain
Tom Greene, PhD Professor Population Health Sciences Statistics Clinical trial design and statistical analysis with expertise in chronic kidney disease
Rachel Hess, MD Professor Population Health Sciences Health Systems Innovation Research Health-related quality-of-life issues across life transitions and in chronic conditions
Kensaku Kawamoto, MD, PhD Assist. Professor Biomedical Informatics Clinical Informatics Clinical decision support, application of informatics to support improvement of clinical outcomes in personalized health care
Jennifer Majersik, MD Assoc. Professor Neurology Stroke Genetics Bringing disparate researchers from around the world together to provide clarity on phenotyping
Kathi Mooney, PhD, RN Professor Nursing Oncology Nursing Improving symptom science and the patient experience during cancer treatment and survivorship
Stefan Pulst, MD, Dr.Med Professor Neurology Genomics Inherited diseases of the nervous system
Matthew Rondina, MD Assoc. Professor Internal Medicine Molecular Medicine Thrombotic disorders
Joshua Schiffman, MD Assoc. Professor Pediatrics High Risk Pediatric Cancer Evaluating, counselling, and treating children and families at high risk for cancer
Debra Simmons, MD Professor Internal Medicine Diabetes and Endocrinology Diabetes, lipids, and prevention of complications
Rob Singleton, MD Professor Neurology Neurophysiology Relationship between early hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, obesity and length dependent nerve injury
Cornelia Ulrich, PhD Professor Population Health Sciences Cancer Epidemiology Genetic and lifestyle factors in the formation and prognosis of cancer with focus on colorectal cancer
Michael Varner, MD Professor Obstetrics/ Gynecology Maternal-Fetal Medicine High risk pregnancy
David Viskochil, MD, PhD Professor Pediatrics Clinical Genetics NF1 and lysosomal storage disorders
Karl Voelkerding, MD Professor Pathology Genomics and Bioinformatics Development of best practices to prioritize disease-causing variants in patients with no molecular diagnosis
Robert Weiss, PhD Professor Human Genetics Genomics Duchenne muscular dystrophy and behavioral and addiction phenotypes
David Wetter, PhD Professor Population Health Sciences Health System Innovation and Research Inequities in health-related behavior, focusing on high-risk and underserved populations

Dissemination Mentors

Name/Degree(s)

Rank

Department Affiliation

Research Area

Research Interest

Lisa Aspinwall, PhD Professor Psychology Self-Regulation Melanoma genetic testing and prevention strategies and self-regulation via processing of negative events
Margaret Clayton, PhD, APRN Assoc. Professor Nursing Patient-provider communication Mixed methods to investigate patient-provider communication during cancer survivorship and at the end of life
Guilherme Del Fiol MD, PhD Assist. Professor Biomedical Informatics Clinical Informatics Delivery of patient-specific clinical evidence from the literature and Web into electronic health records to support clinical decision making
Angela Fagerlin, PhD Professor Population Health Sciences Decision Aids Methods to communicate complex medical information to patients and populations
Tom Greene, PhD Professor Population Health Sciences Statistics Clinical trial design and statistical analysis with expertise in chronic kidney disease
Rachel Hess, MD Professor Population Health Sciences Health Systems Innovation Research Health-related quality-of-life issues across life transitions and in chronic conditions
Jakob Jensen, PhD Professor Communication Health Communication Design and evaluation of strategic health communication with a special focus on cancer
Christopher Johnson, PhD Professor Computer Science Scientific Visualization and Computing Scientific computing, visualization, and image analysis
Kimberly Kaphingst, PhD Professor Communication Genomic literacy Understanding preferences for return of results and investigating preferences for models of consent among women in the context of utilization of biospecimens for secondary research purposes
Kensaku Kawamoto, MD, PhD Assist. Professor Biomedical Informatics Clinical Informatics Clinical decision support, application of informatics to support improvement of clinical outcomes in personalized health care
Jacob Kean, PhD Assoc. Professor Population Health Sciences Health System Innovation and Research Treatment effectiveness in rehabilitation, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, and chronic pain.
Ana María López, MD Professor Internal Medicine Oncology Improving access to care, specifically through the use of telemedicine to reach underserved communities
Kathi Mooney, PhD, RN Professor Nursing Oncology Nursing Improving symptom science and the patient experience during cancer treatment and survivorship
Elissa Ozanne, PhD Assoc. Professor Population Health Sciences Health System Innovation and Research Decision-making, development and testing of clinical decision aids, risk communication methods, cost-effectiveness, and risk modeling
Ken Smith, PhD Professor Human Development and Family Studies Demography Utilization of computer science and machine learning techniques to develop genomic technologies
Louisa Stark, PhD Professor Human Genetics Genetics Comparative effectiveness of educational materials and programs and the effectiveness of health-focused, community-based participatory research projects with diverse, underserved communities
David Wetter, PhD Professor Population Health Sciences Health System Innovation and Research Inequities in health-related behavior, focusing on high-risk and underserved populations