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Laboratory Partners

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Kristin Leiferman, MD

Kristin M. Leiferman, M.D. is a Co-Founder of NexEos Bio whose research forms the foundation of our technologies. Additionally, Dr. Leiferman is a Dermatologist and Immunodermatologist with expertise in immune-mediated epithelial diseases, especially diagnosis and management of allergic skin diseases and diagnosis of autoimmune blistering diseases that affect skin and mucous membranes. She has had a long-standing interest in the involvement of eosinophils in inflammation. She described the deposition of eosinophil granule proteins in a skin disease, atopic dermatitis, in which eosinophil activity was not recognized because of the paucity of identifiable eosinophils. Recently, she published a comprehensive review of eosinophil-related skin disease. Her work extends to the gastrointestinal tract and the lung and other organs with epithelial lining.

Dr. Leiferman graduated from the Mayo Medical School in 1978, which, at that time, was affiliated with the University of Minnesota. She did a residency in Dermatology and research training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Leiferman has board certification in Dermatology and Dermatological Immunology/Diagnostic and Laboratory Immunology. She was a faculty clinical investigator at Mayo Clinic for almost 18 years after training and rose through the academic ranks to Professor. She also was vice chair of the Department of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic for six of the years. Currently, she is Professor of Dermatology, Co-Director of the Immunodermatology Laboratory, Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Medical Director Immunodermatology at ARUP Laboratories, University of Utah. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and also a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Dr. Leiferman’s specialized focus on allergy-related inflammation and autoantibody expression includes mast cell- and eosinophil-related diseases with associated eczema and hives, blistering and tissue thickening, and the especially vexing symptom of itching, underscored by her passion to understand mechanisms of disease in order to promote health. Dr. Leiferman has collaborated with her spouse, Gerald J. Gleich, M.D. for many years with numerous co-authored publications. The “eos-verse” has widened considerably in the time they have worked together. Dr. Leiferman also has “collaborated” with Dr. Gleich in raising children, their ultimate pride and joy, and now have grandchildren and “grand fur-babies.” It was not by chance that all of the children and grandchildren could say “eosinophil” as one of their first words, knew what it was, and spell it by 2nd grade. Dr. Leiferman regards spending time with their children and grandchildren as the most precious and beautiful part of life, closely tied with the fun, excitement, and privilege of working with her amazing, energetic spouse!

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Jeremy Snook, PhD

Jeremy Snook, PhD is a Research Scientist with proficiency in developing and validating novel diagnostic tests for immune-mediated skin diseases with a current focus on ailments that cause inflammation and damage to mucosal membranes.  Jeremy completed his doctoral research in Immunology at the University of Utah in 2018, followed by post-doctoral training at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City.  His previous research was aimed at dissecting the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for the development of immunologic memory and modulating anti-tumor activity of immune cells in the context of melanoma.

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Yukio Saijoh, PhD

Yukio Saijoh, Ph. D. is a developmental biologist who has studied cell differentiation in 3D information of embryos. Dr. Saijoh is interested in how the initial left right asymmetry is established and how the LR information directs early organogenesis, in particular initial heart morphogenesis, which is related to congenital heart diseases.  His expertise is in cellular and molecular biology, mouse transgenesis, and manipulations of mouse and chick embryo in whole embryo culture.  

Dr. Saijoh graduated from Tohoku University in Japan and had professor positions in Osaka University in Japan and University of Utah.

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Evan Cutler

Evan Cutler is a highly motivated and detail-oriented biochemist with a passion for scientific research and discovery. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Utah, where he graduated cum laude in 2022. The same year he was awarded the Leon Watters Memorial Award by the Department of Chemistry, acknowledging his outstanding achievements and promise of success. At NexEos Bio, he leverages expertise in cell culture, protein analysis, and high-throughput cytotoxicity assays. Evan's strong attention to detail and ability to design and execute experiments have contributed to the team's scientific progress.

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