Medical Laboratory Sciences Programs
Bethelhem Habtamu Almaw
Originally, I'm from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Utah. I found out about the MLS program from a colleague at ARUP laboratories. I like to crotchet, paint, garden, hike, and go camping (anything outdoors in the summer).
I’m from Stansbury Park, Utah. I came to the University of Utah as Biomedical Engineering Major, and after a while, I decided that major was not a good fit. Since I had some MLS connections, and recently started a job at ARUP, I decided to have an advising meeting and thought that the MLS program sounded perfect for me, so I changed my major. After completing the undergraduate program, I wanted to continue my education and applied to start the next available Masters of Biomedical and Medical Laboratory Science program. Since beginning the program, I have ended up in the most amazing lab with a superb set of colleagues and mentors.
Throughout college, I have played water polo and swam. I enjoy spending time outdoors during the summer months but cannot stand the cold, and I have recently become interested in exploring natural wines.
I am from Bainbridge Island, WA. I graduated from the University of Utah in 2021 with an Honors B.S. in Kinesiology with minors in nutrition and modern dance. I hope to apply to medical school soon and this program felt like a great fit to help me be more prepared for medical school while also making me a more competitive applicant. I also wanted to find a master’s program that would help propel me into a career field. I love to do yoga and Pilates, cook and bake, read, and try new restaurants in Salt Lake.
Jordan Blair Davis
I'm from Murray, Utah. I have an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and have worked in the microbiology department at ARUP for about 9 years. I decided during the pandemic that I would do something productive and pursue a master's degree. This program felt like the logical fit. I aim to spend at least one day a week in the mountains; fishing, hiking, or snowboarding.
I am in the graduate MLS program. I'm from SLC but consider Disneyland my second home. I enjoyed working at the U of U for a long time, but now have another great job at the Utah Department of Agriculture as a Chemist/Microbiologist. I love being in the laboratory, which is what led me to the MLS grad program, so I can further my career.
I have three children, one husband and one giant dog. I enjoy puzzles, plants, and long trips to Costco. You can find me at the Center for Human Toxicology, Chris Reilly Lab most evenings but hope to graduate next spring. My project has taken many exciting twists and turns so stay tuned to find out more about indoor air pollution and its effects on TRP channels!
I was born and raised right here in Salt Lake City, Utah. When I graduated high school, I thought I wanted to be a Calculus teacher, but figured out that wasn’t right for me. I even had a brief stint as a Photography major until I found the Medical Laboratory Science program down at Brigham Young University (don’t hold it against me!) and realized I’d found the perfect major for me. I graduated from BYU in 2016 and have been working for Intermountain Healthcare ever since.
Wanting to further my career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, I decided to pursue a Masters in Laboratory Medicine and Biomedical Science at the University of Utah and graduated in 2021.
I have many interests, including gardening, crafting, attempting gluten-free baking, playing volleyball, and reading (I’m often reading more than one book at any given time). I also enjoy playing games in all kinds of formats – I play new and exciting board games every weekend!
I’m from Huntington Beach, CA, but have had the pleasure of living in Salt Lake City for the last 9 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology with an emphasis in Cell and Molecular Biology and a degree in Medical Laboratory Science, both from the University of Utah. As anundergraduate, I started doing research in an immunology lab studying T cells and melanoma. After being certified as an MLS, I concurrently started working in a clinical microbiology lab.
My experience as an MLS coupled with my research experience attracted me to the U’s Masterof Science in Lab Medicine and Biomed Science program because of its versatility amongst both clinical and basic research laboratories. I believe this program will help me continue to blend bench-side science with primary patient care and allow me to be a leader in the next frontier of healthcare. Outside of school and work, I like to explore the great outdoors by hiking, climbing, and camping. I also enjoy going to metal and rock shows, playing some Zelda, hitting the gym, and chilling with my Fiancé and cat.