Lab Personnel


Dr. Scott Weber
Principle Investigator
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology
LinkedIn, Google scholar, and ResearchGate pages

Received his bachelor and master degrees from Brigham Young University in 1998 and 2000 and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 2005 studying under Dave Kranz. After a postdoctoral fellowship with Paul Allen at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, he was a Research Instructor at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis before coming to Brigham Young University in 2012.

Research interests: Helper T cell activation and improving immune response to infection.
Hobbies: Triathlons, basketball, hiking, and saving the world one T cell at a time.

  Dr. Chung-Da Yang
Visiting Research Scholar
Graduate Institute of Animal Vaccine Technology
National Pingtung University of Science and Technology; Tiawan

Email: cdyang@byu.edu
Phone: (801) 422-2506
 
Research Interests: Developing and improving vaccines and adjuvants against infectious diseases.
Hobbies: Watching movies, hiking, and shopping with friends


 
Claudia Tellez Freitas
Graduate Student

Claudia graduated from Andes University with a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science in 2000 and received her associate degree in Business Management from LDS Business College in 2005.

Research Interest: T cell interactions with macrophages. Single cell intracellular calcium imaging
Hobbies: Time with family, swimming, writing poetry, international food, and drawing



Deborah Johnson
Graduate student
 
Deborah graduated from the University of Utah in 2012 with a B.S. in Biology and a B. Mus. in Violin Performance and worked as a research technician at the Stanford University-Hopkins Marine Station.


Research Interests:  T cell activation and effects of avidity
Hobbies: Avoiding fresh seafood, drawing, Celtic fiddling, cycling, running, and reading.


 


Kiara Vaden Whitley
Graduate Student

Kiara graduated from BYU-Idaho with a B.S. in Biology in 2014 and worked for a year as an adjunct professor teaching Human Anatomy at BYU-Idaho.  

Research Interest: T cell affinity in memory responses and immunotherapies
Hobbies: Hiking, swimming, four-wheeling, shooting, cooking (Asian food), and anything nerdy!

 

Josue Gonzalez
Graduate Student

Josue graduated from Escuela Nacional de Agricultura in El Salvador with a B.S. in in Agricultural Science in 2005 and also from BYU with a B.S. in Genetics and Biotechnology in 2016.

Research Interest: Bioinformatics and genes causing Alzheimer's disease
Hobbies: Time with family, playing soccer, latin dancing, reading, and any type of outdoors activities.

 
  Josie Tueller
Undergraduate Student

Research Interest:  T cell affinity in memory responses and immunotherapies
Hobbies: Playing tennis, making chocolate chip cookies, and reading Wikipedia.  
  Tyler Cox
Undergraduate student

Research interest: Neuroimmunology and behavior
Hobbies: 
  Charles Teames
Undergraduate Student 

Research Interest:  T cell immunotherapies and T regulatory cells
Hobbies:

 
Allen Weinert
Undergraduate Student 

Research Interest: T cell memory responses and immunotherapies
Hobbies: 
golfing, hiking, composing music, and cooking badly

 


Weber Lab Alumni

  John Hancock
2015 PDBIO graduate
2016-2017 Weber lab technician
University of Utah Medical School
  

Research Interest: Immune system metabolism, high affinity T cell receptors, and immunotherapies. 
Hobbies: Exercising, lasagna, and Duke basketball
 
  Garrett Hamblin
2017 Health Science graduate
Arizona State Medical School

Research interests: T cell activation and calcium signaling
Hobbies: Tennis

 
Carlee Raymond
2017 MMBIO graduate 

Research Interest: T cell interactions with macrophages and intracellular calcium imaging
Hobbies: Photography, mountain biking, talking to people, eating chocolate, and ukulele.  
 
  Tia Thomas
Undergraduate Student 

Research Interest: T cell activation and effects of avidity
Hobbies: Reading, listening to music, playing flute and piano, and traveling 
   

Joon Kim
2017 MMBIO graduate

Research Interest: Engineering immune cells using yeast display
Hobbies: Reading books, cooking and eating, World of Warships, and watching National Geographic.


  Daniel Thompson
2017 MMBIO graduate
BYU MMBIO master's program

Research interests: Metabolism


 
Mitch Cook
2017 PDBIO graduate

Research Interest:  Role of metabolism on immune system
 

 
Lance Christian
2017 Chemical Engineering Graduate

Research Interest:  Engineering immune cells using yeast display

  Blaine Penrod
Undergraduate student 

Research interests: Mouse genotyping
Hobbies: Archery, weights, and rifle shooting

 
Becca Nemrow
Undergraduate student

Research interests: Engineering T cell receptors

 
Steven Ogden
Undergraduate student

Research interests: T cell memory formation
  Sheldon Myers
2016 BYU MMBIO Graduate
Industry

Research Interest: Engineering high affinity T cell receptors
Personal Interests: Sleeping, reading, being a homebody with roommates
 
  Justin Crandall
2016 BYU MMBIO Graduate
Industry

Research Interest:  Engineering immune cells using yeast display
Personal Interests: Running
  Niels Steadman
2016 BYU MMBIO Graduate
Industry

Research Interest:  T cell interactions with macrophages and calcium imaging

  Kemais Ehlers
2015 BYU MMBIO graduate
Industry

Research Interest: Macrophage and T cell interactions and reading short protocols
Personal Interests: Road biking, attending concerts, and talking about my knee


  Ryan Cook
2013 BYU Biology graduate
2014-2015 Weber Lab technician
Midwestern University Medical School


Research Interest:  Keeping this lab running like a well oiled machine . . .
Personal Interests: Playing sports (especially basketball), hiking, being outdoors, eating great food.
  Morgan Christiansen
2015 BYU MMBIO graduate
University of Utah Bioscience Ph.D Program

Research Interest: Exploring role of dust mites and asthma
Personal Interests: Winning intramural championships, competitive racquetball, picking up pennies 
  Spencer Dykman
2017 Neuroscience graduate
Creighton dental school


Research Interest:  Engineering T cell receptors using yeast display
Personal Interests:  Russian
  Bryce Anderson
2015 BYU PDBIO graduate
University of Washington Medical School


Research Interest: Engineering high affinity T cell receptors using yeast display
Personal Interests: Mountains, rock climbing, paddle boarding, cliff jumping, and riding my motorcycle  
  Taylor Hoybjerg
2015 BYU Exercise Science graduate

Research Interest: Exploring role of dust mites and asthma
Personal Interests:
Raquetball, winning intramural championships, eating good food, working on cars 
  Kurt Williams
2016 BYU MMBIO graduate
North Dakota State University STEM education Ph.D. program
 
Research Interest: Macrophage and T cell interactions and atherosclerosis
Personal Interests: Science fiction, reading and writing poetry, drawing, and studying Asian cultures  
  Brian Ballard
2015 BYU Spanish graduate
Kansas City University Medical School

Research Interest: Site directed mutagenesis of T cell receptors
Personal Interests: Sports, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and rafting  
  Taylor Orton
2013 BYU MMBIO graduate
2013-2014 Weber Lab technician
University of Nevada Medical School
 

Research Interest:  Lab “Yoda”
Personal Interests: Sometimes running, mostly reading ESPN, and playing rock paper scissors.



Evan Campbell
2014 BYU MMBIO graduate
Navy Special Warfare

Research Interest: T cell receptor engineering and investigating the hygiene hypothesis
Personal Interests: Exercising, weight lifting, joining Navy Special Warfare, and growing facial hair
  Julene Johnson
2014 BYU MMBIO graduate
Technical writer

Research Interest: Exploring role of humidity on asthma and slamming ELISA plates
Personal Interests: Creative writing, learning Korean, and playing volleyball
 
  Brian Pando
2014 BYU MMBIO graduate
Texas A&M Medical School
 
Research Interest: PCR assay to detect mecC in Methicillin Resistant Staphlococcus Aureus