Lab Members

Heidi Steiner, PSM

Research and Laboratory Assistant 

PhD Student

February 2016 - Current

Heidi's duties in the lab range from patient screening and enrollment to cell isolation to Approval Safety Coordinator. Apart from her laboratory assistant duties, Heidi is a part-time graduate student in the Clinical Translational Sciences program.  


Jason B. Giles, MS

PhD Student 

August 2018 - Current

Jason is a doctoral student in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Working primarily with Hepain-Induced Thromobcytopenia phenotype, Jason analyzes big data sets. 


Andrea Peralta

Undergraduate Researcher 

January 2017 - May 2019

Andrea is an undergraduate in the biochemistry department. Andrea performs many DNA isolations and other laboratory procedures. Andrea is gaining useful laboratory experience before moving on to her next role as a graduate student. 


Charles Norwood, BS 

Volunteer Researcher

January 2018 - May 2019

Charles is a Pharmacy student at UofA with hopes of also pursuing a PhD in Drug Discovery. His undergraduate degree is in biochemistry. Charles volunteers his time in the Karnes lab to stay active in research during his graduate program. 


Joshua Dusek

KEYS Intern

Summer 2018

Joshua spent his summer learning to code in R in Dr. Karnes' lab as a participant in the Keeping Youth Engaged in Science program. He got hands on experience in both wet and dry science procedures. 


Josephine Thao

Undergraduate Researcher

September 2017 - May 2018

Josephine studied biochemistry at the University of Arizona with hopes of going on to pharmacy school. Josephine helped to isolate DNA and perform other laboratory tasks. 


Justin Kaye, BS

Master's Intern

October 2016 - October 2018

Justin was a University of Arizona Professional Science Master’s (PSM) student studying Applied Biosciences with a Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences track emphasis. Justin’s is now pursuing his long term goals: to practice as a physician scientist and contribute to facilitating personalized medicine within American Indian populations.


Brent Carrillo 

UROC Student Researcher

Summer 2017

Brent  worked on a Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension bioinformatics project while visiting the University of Arizona as a part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium.