Laboratory Research Staff

Diane Dunn

Ms. Dunn has worked for 30 years in the areas of molecular genetics, DNA sequencing, genomics and clinical genetic testing and has co-authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications across broad areas of molecular and human genetics.  She has been a key member of the United Dystrophinopathy Project since its inception, where she has been responsible for developing the methodology used in mutation analysis of the dystrophin gene and for maintaining the DNA sample repository for all research and clinical samples used for diagnostic genotyping in the laboratory.  She coordinates all the laboratory activities involved in the genetic testing.  As technical supervisor, she has responsibility for day-to-day operation of the testing process and manages the multi-level quality assurance program that maintains the highest confidence in the returned test results.

Katie Mayne

Katie Mayne graduated from the University of Utah in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. As an undergraduate she was a lab assistant for one of the University’s Biochemistry professors researching the binding kinetics of telomere-end binding proteins. After graduation she worked for Myrexis conducting pharmaceutical cancer research before returning to work at the University in 2011. She was then a research analyst for the University’s Ophthalmology department researching Age-Related Macular Degeneration before coming to join the Utah Program for Inherited Neuromuscular Disorders in 2014. As lab specialist she is currently responsible for planning, orchestrating, performing, and analyzing a number of experiments in the lab while also working closely with our other lab members and students to complete additional research. While not at work she enjoys reading, cooking, running, and spending time with her toddler and husband.

Carina Imburgia

Carina Imburgia graduated from the University of Utah in 2015 with a degree in biology. She has been working here as a lab tech since July of 2015. Carina enjoys learning, skiing, and playing/listening to music.

Cindy Hamil

Maha Mahmoud

Brett Duval

Brett Duval was raised in New Town, North Dakota and graduated from North Dakota State University. After living his entire life in the Great Plains he decided to move to the mountains and red rocks of Utah where he has been working at the University of Utah ever since. He is married to one woman, Brenda, and has two children, Nick and Tory. They enjoy the many outdoor opportunities Utah and the west have to offer.

Caitlin Polanski

Caitlin Polansky started at the University of Utah in 2011 to pursue a bachelor’s of science degree in Psychology. In 2012, she began working in a cognitive neurobiology of learning and memory lab. This lab inspired her to look deeper into behavior through biology. In 2012 Caitlin also had the opportunity to be a part of a collaborative research project between The Leonardo science museum and the Weiss lab. It was in this project where she found a passion for genetics. Since 2013, Caitlin has worked in the Weiss lab as a research assistant. Her main focus has been on RNA-sequencing and PCR methods. When Caitlin is not in the lab she is a photographer, hula hoop dancer, rock climber, space enthusiast, and lover of cats.