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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
Scientific Director

Ryan Hansen
Administrative Director 

Jason Petersen, PhD
Research Scientist

Jayden Portice
Clinical Research Manager

Yueshan Hu, PhD
Research Scientist

Krista Bohlen, PharmD
Research Pharmacist

Erik Ehli, PhD 
Research Scientist

Julie Kittelsrud, CNP
Sub-Investigator

Patricia Huizenga
Genetics Laboratory Technician

Leah Callahan
Research Associate II

Kelly Nelson
Genetics Laboratory Technician

Julie Fieldsend, RN
Project Leader

Zachary Weber
Genetics Research Technician

Tammy Jung
Regulatory Specialist

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

Krista Schmit, PharmD
Research Pharmacist

Heidi Demuth, MS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Natasha Flier, RN
Clinical Research Coordinator

Mary Fagerness, RN
Clinical Research Coordinator

Paige Davies
Lead Research Associate