As manager of Van Andel Institute’s Genomics Core, Marie Adams is an expert in the latest next-generation sequencing techniques. After earning an M.S. in genetics from Iowa State University, she served as a research assistant in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where she evaluated novel small-molecular inhibitors as potential cancer therapies. She then moved to University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center as the research lead and next-generation sequencing core manager for the DNA Sequencing Facility. Marie also serves on the Executive Board of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities, the professional society for Cores. Marie joined VAI in September 2016.
Katelyn Becker earned a B.S in biology from Lee University, and M.S. in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Tennessee, where her research focused on protein dynamics in aminoglycoside phosphotransferase(3’)-IIIa. After graduation, Katelyn joined VAI as a member of the Ma Laboratory, where she worked first as a research technician, and was then promoted to Lab manager. Katelyn joined VAI’s Genomics Core in March, 2020.
Julie Koeman obtained her B.S. in health science from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and is certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification as a technologist in both cytogenetics and molecular biology. She has more than 15 years of experience in the research laboratory and, in 2010, she was awarded the outstanding technologist award from the Foundation for Genetic Technology (FGT). Julie is responsible for the Institute’s cytogenetics laboratory as well as supporting next-generation sequencing and array-based projects in the Genomics Core.
Rebecca Siwicki earned a B.S in biology from Grand Valley State University. She also obtained and professional certificate in genetics and genomics from Stanford University. After graduation she worked as a laboratory assistant at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, where she managed all incoming lab specimens and implemented new processing protocols. Before joining VAI, she worked as a quality assurance technician in a GMP lab space, supporting consumer complaints countrywide and internationally, mostly working with controlled and hazardous substances. Rebecca joined VAI’s Genomics Core in August 2019.
Marc Wegener is a graduate of Western Michigan University (B.S. in biological sciences) with more than nine years of experience in both chemistry and molecular biology labs. From 2013 to 2018, he worked at the Northwest Genomics Center at the University of Washington. During this time, he lead the team responsible for operation and maintenance of the Genome Center’s fleet of Illumina sequencers, including MiSeq, NextSeq, HiSeq and NovaSeq platforms. Marc joined the Institute’s Genomics Core in May 2018.