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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 research team is located in the Avera Institute for Human Genetics laboratory, located at 3720 W. 69th Street, Suite 200.

Gareth Davies, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer

Ryan Hansen
Administrative Director 

Jason Petersen, PhD

Jayden Portice
Director of Operations

Yueshan Hu, PhD

Krista Bohlen, PharmD
Director of Personalized Pharmaceutical Medicine

Erik Ehli, PhD 

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

Delf Schmidt-Grimminger, MD

Julie Kittelsrud, CNP

Patricia Huizenga
Genetics Laboratory Technician

Neil Matthiesen, PharmD
Personalized Medicine Pharmacist

Zach Weber
Genetics Research Technician

Lisa Weisser, PharmD
Personalized Medicine Pharmacist

Casey Finnicum
Genetics Research Technician

Julie Fieldsend, RN
Project Leader 

Tammy Jung
Regulatory Specialist

Mike Jahnke
Program Coordinator



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