Jean was born and raised in Virginia, and moved to Minnesota for her undergraduate education at Carleton College. While there, she worked in a yeast genetics lab, first as an undergrad, and then as a technician after graduation. She moved to Utah in 2001 to enroll in the Molecular Biology program at the University of Utah. There, she studied stress resistance in uropathogenic "Escherichia coli" in the Department of Pathology. Jean received her doctorate in 2007, and then began teaching for the Biology Department at the U of U. She joined SLCC Biotechnology in 2009
Chuck Rettberg has been a Biotechnology instructor at Salt Lake Community College since 2005. He received his B.A. and M.S. from the University of Montana and his Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Utah. His research has included the study of the structure and function of RNA molecules involved in protein synthesis and the molecular evolution of the RNA World. Outside of work Chuck stays busy raising two young boys and participating in a variety of mountain sports.