An Introduction to the Lab
The Wittwer DNA Lab is comprised of individuals with expertise in molecular diagnostics, mechanical engineering, mathematics and software development. With the guidance of Dr. Carl Wittwer
(Principal Investigator) and Dr. Bob Palais
(UVU Mathematics Faculty), these areas of expertise allow the lab to successfully develop technologies for simpler and faster DNA analysis. A detailed lab profile was published in Biotechniques (November, 2008)
High resolution melting, assay development, and real-time PCR are the focus of the lab's molecular diagnostics research. Members with an expertise in molecular diagnostics include Luming Zhou (Academic Inventor), Rob Pryor (Lab Manager), John Quackenbush (Lab Specialist),
Nick Rejali (Bioengineer), Jessica Houskeeper (Lab Specialist), Endi Moric (Lab Tech), Duncan Stevens (Medical Technologist), and Kimberly Brown (Research Analyst).
A small group of engineers with a focus in mechanical engineering, optics, thermal cycling, and biochemistry with the goal of advancing medical instrumentation include Jim Trauba (Engineer).
Software and Mathematics
From building interactive web applications to computational simulations, our software/math group is dedicated to providing our lab's expertise in publicly accessible software form and includes Robert Palais (Researcher / UVU Faculty), Adam Millington (Scientific Programmer) and Zachary Dwight (Web Systems Manager). Read about our software development methods...