Muhammad Elsadany

Muhammad joined the lab in May 2022 as a graduate student pursuing his PhD in Genetics.

He graduated with a BSc in Computational Biology and Genomics from University of Science and Technology, Zewail City, Egypt, in June 2021.

Lucas Casten

Lucas joined the lab as a graduate student from the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics in 2021, after previously working in the lab as a clinical research assistant. He is broadly interested in the genetic variation that makes us all so unique. As a result, his research projects focus on: language ability, risk for psychiatric conditions, and their shared biological underpinnings.

He graduated from Cornell College with a BA in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience. Much of his free time is spent watching sci-fi movies and exploring the Midwest.

Annie Gleason

Annie joined the lab in May 2023 as a graduate student from the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics. She is broadly interested in different computational methods available to study genetic data. Her research focuses on leveraging machine learning techniques to increase our understanding of psychiatric health.

Annie graduated with a BS in Bioinformatics from Brigham Young University in 2022. In her free time, Annie enjoys baking, reading, and saving Hyrule.

Leo Brueggeman

Leo was one of our MD/PhD student in Iowa's MSTP program and a graduate research assistant in the Michaelson lab. After completing a BS degree in Molecular Biology from UC Santa Cruz, he came to Iowa to pursue his dual passion for medicine and computational bioinformatics. As a member of Iowa's Genetics PhD program, Leo's research focuses on applying machine learning techniques to imaging and genetic data to increase our understanding of psychiatric disease. In his free time, Leo enjoys traveling (20+ countries and counting) and reading about new technologies (GPUs, android, etc).

Tanner Koomar

In 2015, Tanner was the first graduate student to join the Michaelson Lab as part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics. Tanner’s project focuses on the intersection of human language with neurodevelopment, through the study of population-level whole genome sequencing. As a key trait which distinguishes humans from our closest living relatives, Tanner was inspired to study the genetics of language, and is passionate about communicating science broadly. Outside of the lab, Tanner is devoted to his wife, dogs, podcasts and tabletop role-playing games.