Faculty & Staff

Our laboratory is managed by:

Mary Nelson Mary Nelson
Director, InnovaBio/STUDENTfacturED
Office: JHS 240
Phone: 801-957-6327
FAX: 801-957-6373


Mary received her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Seattle University in 2000.  She  entered the University of Utah to study Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah  Huntsman Cancer Institute.  Her graduate work focused on the ETS family of transcription  factors and the response of Ets1 to the Ras/MAPK and calcium signaling pathways.  Mary  received her Ph.D. in 2007 and continued to work in her graduate lab until January of 2009 when she was hired by SLCC.  She is very happy to be a part of training the new generation of scientists.  When Mary is not in the lab, she enjoys playing softball and competing in triathlons.

Alejandro Pabon Alejandro Pabon
Project Manager, InnovaBio
Office: JHS 241
Phone: 801-957-6338
FAX: 801-957-6373


Alejandro was born over thirty years ago, in a prime Caribbean coastal town in  Venezuela.  His mother is a Clinical Biochemist who runs her own lab and his father is a  retired Chemical Engineer who spends his time now as an adventurer/traveler.  He  graduated with his Masters in Biochemistry from Utah State University.  His  research experience includes: Enzymology and molecular biology of the protozoa Leishmania mexicana and Biological nitrogen fixation on molybdenum and vanadium metal centers.  His hobbies include: Bicycling on asphalt and dirt, rock-climbing, skiing the big open back country, surfing the warm coast when back at home and cooking and sewing during the night time.

MarcMarc Elgort
Talent Development Manager, InnovaBio
Office: JHS 242
Phone: 801-957-6323
FAX: 801-957-6373

Marc received his B.A. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California at San Diego, his Ph.D. in Oncological Sciences from the University of Utah and did his postdoctoral training in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah. He’s held numerous research positions over the past 25 years in both academia and industry as well as a brief stint teaching high school biology in Los Angeles. While he’s worked on numerous questions in a variety of biological systems, his main interest has centered around mechanisms controlling metabolic regulation of mammalian cell growth and proliferation. He joined InnovaBio in early 2014, and hopes to use his broad research, technical  and teaching experience  to assist in the progress of current and future InnovaBio interns.