About Us


Assistant Professor


  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2010, Biochemistry, B.S.
  • University of Utah School of Medicine, 2016, Genetics, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Dr. Palu’s research centers on the impact of natural genetic variation on disease models in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. This includes both the discovery of new disease modifiers and the validation of these modifiers using molecular techniques. Current projects are particularly focused on the impact of genetic background on cellular stress and metabolic phenotypes.