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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 

Erik Ehli, PhD
Scientist

Jayden Portice
Director of Operations

Jason Petersen, PhD 
Scientist

Krista Bohlen, PharmD
Director of Personalized Pharmaceutical Medicine

Melissa Black
Medical Laboratory Scientist

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

Noah Kallsen
Medical Laboratory Scientist

Julie Kittelsrud, CNP
Sub-
Investigator

Christel Davis
Medical Laboratory Scientist

Neil Matthiesen, PharmD
Personalized Medicine Pharmacist

Andy Johnson
Medical Laboratory Scientist

Lisa Weisser, PharmD
Personalized Medicine Pharmacist

Patricia Huizenga
Genetics Research Associaten

Julie Fieldsend, RN
Project Leader 

Casey Finnicum 
Genetics PhD Intern

Mike Jahnke
Program Coordinator

Jeff Beck
Genetics PhD Intern

Tammy Jung
Regulatory Specialist

Erin Doherty
Genetics Intern

Gail Syverson, RN
Research Coordinator

Raymon Iwen
Billing Specialist

Vikki Petersen
Research Coordinator

Kathryn Cowgill
Administrative Assistant

Char Flottman
Research 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