Team

Willard H. Dere, MD, FACP

Dr. Dere has extensive experience in clinical research during his 25 year stint in the biopharmaceutical industry.  The experience was complemented by substantive regulatory and drug safety experience during that time.    While at Eli Lilly from 1989 to 2003, he conducted several clinical pharmacology Phase 1 studies with nasal insulin, several ora... Read More

Email: willard.dere@hsc.utah.edu

Joshua D. Schiffman, MD

Joshua Schiffman, M.D., is an Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of Utah. He is an investigator in the Huntsman Cancer Institute and a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation program. Since 2008, Dr. Schiffm... Read More

Research Interests: Cancer Genetics, Ewing's Sarcoma, Familial Cancer Susceptibility, Leukemia, Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, Paraganglioma, Sarcoma, TP53 Mutation

Specialties: Pediatric Hematology & Oncology

Email: Joshua.Schiffman@hci.utah.edu

Phone: 801-585-0100

Stephen L. Guthery, MD, MS

Dr. Guthery received his medical degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University and completed his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He subsequently completed his fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  He obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Epidemiology ... Read More

Research Interests: Genetics of Childhood Crohn Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, Genetics of Childhood Liver Disease, Genomics, Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn's/Ulcerative Colitis

Specialties: Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn's/Ulcerative Colitis, Pediatric Crohn's Disease, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hepatology

Email: Stephen.Guthery@hsc.utah.edu

Phone: 801-213-3599

Mark Yandell, PhD

Research Interests: Comparative Genomics, Computational Biology, Human Population Genetics, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted, bioinformatics

Email: myandell@genetics.utah.edu

Phone: 801-581-4422

Michael W. Varner, MD

​Michael W. Varner, MD joined the Department in 1987 and currently serves as the HA and Edna Benning Endowed Presidential Professor and Vice-Chair for Research. His major interests lie in clinical trials and research administration. He developed and directs the Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Network, a consortium of over 50 research personnel w... Read More

Research Interests: Pregnancy, High-Risk

Specialties: Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Email: michael.varner@hsc.utah.edu

Phone: 801-585-5156

Diana I. Brixner, PhD, RPh

Dr. Brixner serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of the Pharmacotherapy and as Executive Director of the Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center (PORC) in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Utah. More specifically, through her additional appointment as the Director of Outcomes for the University of Utah Program in Personalized... Read More

Email: diana.brixner@utah.edu

Phone: 801-581-3182

Wendy K. Kohlmann, MS

Specialties: Genetic Counselor

Email: wendy.kohlmann@hci.utah.edu

Phone: 801-587-5556

Louisa A. Stark, PhD

Email: louisa.stark@utah.edu

Phone: 801-585-0019

Emily Coonrod, PhD

Emily Coonrod, PhD

Title:  Associate Director, Personalized Health

Emily manages the daily operations of the Program in Personalized Health, which leads research, clinical, and educational initiatives that support personalized medical treatments based on the individual characteristics and preferences of each patient. Emily also works closely with the leadership of the Utah Genome Project on program development, and supports other genomics projects across the University of Utah Health Sciences Campus.

Email:  emily.coonrod@hsc.utah.edu

Phone:  801-585-2268

Stefanie Grundy

Stefanie Grundy

Title:  Academic Program Manager

Email:  stef.grundy@utah.edu

Lance Tyler Pflieger

Lance Tyler Pflieger

Title:  Graduate Teaching Assistant (E), Biomedical Informatics Research

Contact Us

Program in Personalized Health

15 North 2030 East, Room 2160
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Phone: 801-585-9572
Email: stefanie.grundy@hsc.utah.edu