Stephen Plassmeyer, a 2018 graduate of Truman State University–which happens to be Joe’s alma mater!–has joined up with the lab to help with wet lab experiments and preparations for massively parallel reporter assays (MPRAs). This cutting-edge method has been rapidly phased into the lab in order study the role of genetic variation in gene regulation in diseases.

Stephen did research for his entire undergraduate career, from biophysical computation to CRISPR cloning and experimentation in cell lines. We’re thrilled to have someone with a breadth of knowledge relevant to genetic regulation on board and are looking forward to working with him!