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Genetics Research Team

The Avera Institute for Human Genetics is composed of two teams advancing genetics research and personalized medicine.

Genetics Team

The Genetics team is located in the Avera Institute for Human Genetics laboratory, located at 3720 W. 69th Street.

Gareth Davies, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer

Ryan Hansen
Administrative Director 

Jason Petersen, PhD
Scientist

Jayden Portice
Director of Operations

Yueshan Hu, PhD
Scientist

Krista Bohlen, PharmD
Director of Personalized Pharmaceutical Medicine

Erik Ehli, PhD 
Scientist

Trisha Lauterbach, MLS (ASCP)CM,CHT (ABHI)
Laboratory Operations Manager

Patricia Huizenga
Genetics Research Associate

Julie Kittelsrud, CNP
Sub-
Investigator

Cody Carlson
Genetics Research Associate

Neil Matthiesen, PharmD
Personalized Medicine Pharmacist

Melissa Black
Medical Laboratory Scientist

Lisa Weisser, PharmD
Personalized Medicine Pharmacist

Noah Kallsen
Medical Laboratory Scientist

Julie Fieldsend, RN
Project Leader 

Casey Finnicum
Genetics Research Technician

Mike Jahnke
Program Coordinator

John Slunecka
Genetics Summer Intern

Tammy Jung
Regulatory Specialist

Erin Doherty
Genetics Summer Intern

Ben Kollaja
Genetics Summer Intern

 

 

Cancer Genetics Team

The Cancer Genetics research team is located in the Prairie Center located on the Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center campus.

Cheryl Ageton, RN
Clinical Research Manager

Heidi Demuth, MS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Natasha Flier, RN
Clinical Research Coordinator

Mary Fagerness, RN
Clinical Research Coordinator

Paige Davies
Lead Research Associate