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Stephen R. Piccolo

Stephen R. Piccolo is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Brigham Young University (BYU). He earned a B.S. degree in Management Information Systems from BYU in 2001 and then worked as a software engineer for five years at Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona. In 2011, he received a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Utah (advised by Dr. Lewis J. Frey). From 2011-2014, he was postdoctoral researcher jointly at the University of Utah (Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, advised by Dr. Andrea H. Bild) and Boston University School of Medicine (Division of Computational Biomedicine, advised by Dr. W. Evan Johnson). He teaches classes in biology and bioinformatics. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and distance running.

Graduate Students

Dustin Miller

Dustin Miller is a PhD student. He grew up in Springville, Utah. He attended Utah Valley University as an undergraduate where he received a bachelor's degree in Biology. When not doing research, he enjoys spending time with his wife and being in the outdoors. The overall goals of Dustin's research are to: 1) identify germline compound heterozygous variants in childhood disease patients that may contribute to tumor growth or structural defect development. 2) better understand the influence of promoter hypermethylation on tumor suppressor genes across pediatric cancers.

Ifeanyichukwu (Ify) Nwosu

Ifeanyi is a doctoral student from Nigeria. He earned a B.Sc. (2006) and M.Sc. (2009) in Biochemistry from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He then joined the Medical Genetics Unit, IMRAT, University College Hospital, Ibadan in 2011 as a Research Scientist working on the Genetics of Breast Cancer in blacks. His passion for bioinformatics led him to join the CASS group at IITA analyzing transcriptome data of cassava in 2017. His research focuses on using gene-expression data to explore the role of race in cancer biology. He spends his free time practicing taekwondo or riding his sports bike.

Jonathan B. Dayton

Jonathan is a master's student in the Piccolo Lab. He received a BS in Bioinformatics at Brigham Young University in 2017. He is interested in studying applications of machine learning in biology and human disease. His master's research is on removing batch effects from transcriptomic data using deep neural networks.

Undergraduate Students

Avery Bell

Erica Suh

Nathan Mella

Nathan Mella is a bioinformatic undergraduate student of the class 2021. He grew up in Orem, Utah and served a mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nathan's passions include learning, research, and leadership. Nathan is the Founder and President of the Undergraduate Research and Internship Club. He has interned with Rheumatic Relief Samoa and the National Institute of Health. His current research involves predicting cancer patient survival rates with machine learning trained on multiple data types and data combinations. Outside of school, Nathan enjoys skiing, reading, and being the favorite uncle for his nieces and nephews.

James Wengler

James is studying bioinformatics with a minor in molecular biology. This is his first year in the lab and he is very excited to be working on the Geney and ExpressionAble projects. He is from Groveland, MA and is the oldest of 5 kids. He is currently a sophomore at BYU. When not doing homework, you can find him practicing with the BYU Dunk Team.

Tyler Heaton

Tyler Heaton is an undergraduate student studying Bioinformatics. Tyler grew up in Ogden, Utah and served a mission in Cusco, Peru. Tyler loves mountain and road biking and rarely gets the same thing twice at a restaurant until having tried everything on the menu. Tyler's passions include medical research and hopes to one day discover the cure-all for back pain. Tyler's current research involves predicting cancer patient survival rates with machine learning trained on multiple data types and combinations. Tyler has interned with Rheumatic Relief Samoa and is the current club co-president of the Undergraduate Research and Internship Club.

Lab Alumni

  1. Kimball Hill
  2. Brandon Fry
  3. Zac Ence
  4. Michael Bradshaw
  5. Louisa Dayton
  6. Daniel Larson
  7. Dallas Larsen
  8. Benjamin Cookson
  9. Alyssa Parker
  10. Nathan Golightly
  11. Haley Hilton
  12. Jeremy Gygi
  13. Rex Sumsion
  14. T. James Lee
  15. Samantha Jensen
  16. Evan Jones
  17. Ashton Omdahl
  18. Adam Hansen
  19. Clarissa Farmer
  20. Shelby Taylor
  21. Anna Guyer
  22. Mike Frampton
  23. PJ Tatlow
  24. Douglas Hawkes
  25. Weston Bodily (MS graduate)
  26. Adam Lee
  27. Parker Hollingsworth
  28. Hyrum Eddington