People

Jason Kenealey, PhD

Group Leader

Dr. Kenealey graduated from Brigham Young University in 2005 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Business Management. He went on to receive his PhD in 2011 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working on ion pump inhibitors in cancer cell lines under Dr. Arthur S. Polans. Dr. Kenealey continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow at NIH under Dr. S. Patricia Becerra, working on resurrecting dying neurons with some protein. He joined the NDFS faculty in 2014 and is a member of the Simmons Center for Cancer Research at BYU. He now lives in Orem with his wonderful wife and four awesome children. Check out his BYU profile.

 

Richard Oblad
M.S. Candidate 

Richard is working on combinatorial application of resveratrol, quercetin, and EGCG to different cancer cell lines to determine optimal treatments for cell cycle arrest.

Marco Mason
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Here from Italy using ITC to characterize enzymes immobilized on carbon nanofibers.

Jordan Hastings
B.S., Physiology and Developmental Biology, 2016 

I love basketball, photography, and camping. My research was involved in resveratrol derivatives, but is shifting into the potential benefits of avenathramides.

Josh Peterson
B.S., Economics, 2017

Josh has been a member of Dr. Kenealey’s lab since August 2014. His research focuses primarily on the effects that resveratrol, avenanthramides and other naturally-occurring molecules have on calcium signaling in cancer cells. When not in the lab, Josh enjoys skiing and generally enjoying the outdoors.

Caleb Cranney
B.S., Bioinformatics, B.A., Chinese, 2019 

Caleb has been doing research in the lab since January 2015. He enjoys running in the mountains, playing frisbee, and playing board and card games. His project focuses on determining possible mechanisms through which resveratrol kills cancer cells by analyzing transcriptome data.

Austin Eells
B.S., Geology, 2017

Premed.

Alex Chu
B.S., Genetics and Biotechnology, 2017

I'm expressing and characterizing the oat CslF6 glycosyltransferase, in collaboration with the Jellen lab at BYU. I like to play sports, cook, listen to music, and build lab websites and I'm hoping to start a PhD program in computational biology next fall!

Shantel Sanders
B.S., Physiology and Developmental Biology, 2017

Nothing for them to know.

Ian Lake
B.S., Statistics, 2018 

I love basketball, photography, and camping. My research was involved in resveratrol derivatives, but is shifting into the potential benefits of avenathramides.

Nicholas Baker
B.S., Physiology and Developmental Biology, 2017

Premed.

 

Former Members

Joseph Moffit
B.S., Nutritional Science, 2016 

Attending medical school at UT Galveston campus.

Jeff Mecham
B.S., Business, 2016

Working at a company in Las Vegas. Preparing to attend med school next year.

Jasmine Kaspar
B.S., Physiology and Developmental Biology, 2016 

Working at a startup in Provo.

Jeff Mecham
B.S., Physiology and Developmental Biology, 2017

Nothing for them to know.