University of Utah

Who we are:

Principle Investigator

H. Joseph Yost, PhD

Professor, Neurobiology and Anatomy
Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics
Investigator and Asst. Director, Molecular Medicine
Program Director, Development Training Program

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Research Associate

Brent Bisgove, PhD

Research Associate, Lab Manager

Kupffer's vesicle formation and its control of left-right asymmetry in the developing embryo. Cardiovascular differentiation.

Assistant Professor

Luca Brunelli, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics (Neonatology)

Regulation of cardiac ventricular morphogenesis and compaction in mice; 14-3-3 proteins; family-based approaches to identify genes involved in human congenital diaphragmatic hernia; and bioengineering.

Postdoctoral Fellows & Graduate Students

Annita Peterson, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Todd Townsend, PhD

NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-present)
AHA Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-2011)

Zebrafish technologies to explore tissue-, developmental stage-, and signaling-specific gene expression profiles during development.

Colin Maguire, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Genomics, stem cell biology and differentiation pathways.

Bushra Gorsi, PhD

AHA Postdoctoral Fellow

Epigenetic regulation of heart development in zebrafish.

George Lyozin, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow (Brunelli Lab)


Fabienne Poulain, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hari Shanmugam, MD

Neonatal-perinatal Fellow (Brunelli Lab)

Finding the molecular causes of CDH, focusing on identification of pathogenic variants causing isolated CDH within shared segments using next generation sequencing

Jonathon Hill, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Using genomic and bioinformatics techniques to study heart looping and valve formation, especially transcriptome analysis, in vivo promoter analysis and mapping novel mutations using RNA-seq.

Bhawika Sharma L.

Graduate Student - Biochemistry

Biochemistry and function of Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycans.

Laboratory Staff

Jiaxiang Shen

Senior Lab Specialist

Ronney Arndt

Animal Technician

Water chemistry and its impact on the vitality and productivity of aquatic organisms. Manipulating environmental factors in order to maximize embryo production in danio rerio and xenopus laevis.

Bradley Demarest, MS

Biostatistician I

Whole genome data analysis, statistical programming and data visualization.

Zachariah Taylor


Discovering and characterizing genes underlying congenital heart defects. Specializing in molecular biology techniques including PCR, molecular cloning, in situ hybridization and morpholinos.

Yasuhiro Kosaka, PhD

Senior Laboratory Specialist, Brunelli Lab

Regulation of cardiac ventricular morphogenesis and compaction in mice; 14-3-3 proteins.

Yi-Chu Su

Lab Technician

Josh Jackson

Lab Technician

Ryan Sunderland

Lab Technician

Teresa Upton

Administrative Assistant

Department of Pediatrics | Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy | Molecular Medicine Program | Bioscience Graduate Program | Department of Human Genetics

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