adams_marie_255x187Marie Adams, M.S.
Genomics Core manager

As manager of VARI’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 joined VARI in September 2016.


Julie Koeman, CG (ASCP) CM
Cytogenetic technologist III

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Julie obtained her B.S. in health science from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, and is certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification as a technologist in cytogenetics. She has more than 12 years of experience in the research laboratory and, in 2010, she was awarded the outstanding technologist award from the Foundation for Genetic Technology (FGT).

Throughout the last 12 years, Julie has developed the cytogenetics laboratory into a service that not only offers its expertise to investigators within VARI but also investigators worldwide including academic, government, and non-profit entities, as well as biotech and pharmaceutical companies.

Mary Rhodes, B.S.
Genomics Core Associate I

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Mary Rhodes earned a B.S. in molecular and cell biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduating, she worked as a research technologist at Northwestern University’s Center for Genetic Medicine, where she planned and conducted genomics-based protocols and consulted with investigators to determine experimental scope and design. Most recently, she served as a research specialist at University of Illinois Biotechnology Center, supporting all genetics research efforts for the Center’s Functional Genomics Unit. Mary joined Van Andel Research Institute’s Genomics Core in December 2016.

Marc Wegener, B.S.
Genomics Core Associate II