Michael Hammer. For most of my career, beginning in 1991 at the University of Arizona, my research focused on genomics and human origins. In 2012, my lab discovered the gene that caused my daughter's severe epilepsy by sequencing our family genomes. Since then i have turned my attention to epilepsy research.
Alixx Encinas. I am a graduate student in Genetics and began working with Dr. Hammer after my father started having seizures in 2014. Since then I have worked to better understand the voltage-gated sodium channels and their effect on seizures in children.
TingTing Thompson. I am an undergraduate studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with an emphasis on Genetics and Human Health, Statistics and Data Science, and Mathematics. I started researching in 2017 and joined Dr. Hammer’s team in 2018 because I have a deep passion for how genetics plays a role in health and how it can be used to treat diseases and disorders.
Emily Barney. I am currently an undergraduate student studying biochemistry with a strong interest in genetic diseases. In the future, I plan on pursuing a Phd and continuing to do research on genetics.
Branden Lau. I am a data analyst who specializes in processing and interpreting NGS data, specifically DNASeq and RNASeq data. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Biology in 2014.