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Dr. Heather E. Wheeler, Principal Investigator

Heather is an Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago in the Department of Biology and Program in Bioinformatics. She was awarded the 2018 Sujack Family Award for Faculty Research Excellence. Before joining Loyola in 2015, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Chicago. Heather holds a PhD in Genetics from Stanford University and a BA in Biology from Hamline University. When not working on modeling complex trait genetics or course design, Heather enjoys exploring Chicago with her family. Favorite spots include The Field Museum, Art Institute Chicago, Ping Tom Park, Sox Park (especially when the Twins are in town), and anywhere with good music and/or good sushi.


Ryan Schubert, Bioinformatician (Research Assistant)

Ryan is a recent graduate of the Loyola class of 2018, with a BS in Biology and Bioinformatics. Ryan fell in love with coding his junior and senior year writing scripts and assembling pipelines under Dr. Wheeler’s guidance. Ryan is also an MS student in the Statistics Program at Loyola and has aspirations to work in the biotech industry. Outside of research, Ryan enjoys reading, painting, board games, and his friends.


Daniel Araújo, Graduate Student

Daniel is a thesis-track student in the MS Bioinformatics program. During his years as a Biology undergraduate student at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, he was fascinated with genetics and molecular biology. After the MS, he plans on applying for a PhD program in Human Genetics and hopefully pursue a career in research. In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading suspense books, hanging out with his friends, and doing skincare routines.


Elyse Geoffroy, Graduate Student

Elyse is a thesis-track student in the BS/MS Bioinformatics program. She is a Mulcahy Scholar. She served as the Bioinformatics Student Board sophomore representative. After college, Elyse hopes to either continue her education in genetics and pursuing a career in research or work for a pharmaceutical company. In her free time, Elyse spends time baking, exploring Chicago, playing soccer, and hanging out with her friends and siblings.


Isabelle Gregga, Undergraduate Student

Isabelle is a junior Biology major and French minor in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program and a Mulcahy Scholar. Her fascination with genetics started with science fiction--namely X-Men and Jurassic Park--and only strengthened in high school biology. After college, she plans on continuing to medical school to eventually practice as a clinical geneticist. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, writing, sketching, and FaceTiming her little sister.


Ashley Mulford, Graduate Student

Ashley is a thesis-track student in the BS/MS Bioinformatics program. She is a Biology Summer Research Fellow and Mulcahy Scholar. She is interested in working in industry after graduation, most likely in pharmacogenomics or biotechnology. Outside of working in the lab, Ashley enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to alternative music, painting, and exploring Chicago.


Chris Nguyen, Undergraduate Student

Chris is a junior Biophysics major. He is a Mulcahy Scholar. After college, he plans on furthering his education in graduate school to hopefully find a career in research. Outside the lab, he enjoys listening to music, cooking with friends, and watching baking shows. Before leaving Loyola, he hopes to complete his quest of scouring the city for the ultimate chocolate croissant.


Rhea Prag, Undergraduate Student

Rhea is a junior Bioinformatics major and Bioethics minor in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program. Her interest in genetics came from conversations with her family about genetically-related diseases and conditions. After college, she plans on continuing on to medical school where she hopes to practice emergency/trauma medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, swimming, and exploring different hiking trails.


Henry Wittich, Undergraduate Student

Henry is a junior Bioinformatics major in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program. He is a Provost Fellow and Mulcahy Scholar. He first developed an interest in bioinformatics during a high school genetics course, and his passion for the field has only grown since. After college, he is planning on attending graduate school and continuing to conduct research. Outside of the lab, he enjoys watching reality TV shows like the Great British Baking show, playing games with friends, and listening to experimental pop music (his current favorite artist is Caroline Polachek).