Our Lab Facilities

The dedicated genetics laboratory consists of 567 sq. ft, in the main TMCC campus building. The laboratory is equipped with the standard molecular biological equipment needed to complete the project aims for genotyping and sequencing.

Our Lab Members

Dr. Lyle Best, MD, has served as Principal Investigator (PI) of the TMCC Genetics Lab for over 15 years. Our commitment to research also extends to training the future leaders of our Tribal communities. The Genetics and Pre-Eclampsia Study has trained over 40 students at all levels, not including the students we teach as part of the Indians into Medicine (INMED) at UND or Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at NDSU.


Lyle Best

Principal Investigator

I have worked with the people in the surrounding area since 1977, both as a family doctor and as a teacher at the community college. In 2013, my wife (Sue) and I moved to join my son's family on their ranch 14 miles south of Watford City. I still help teach residents in Minot, but gave up my regular medical practice and part-time teaching at TMCC. I continue to do my research with the Genetics and Pre-eclampsia Study by visiting TMCC each month and maintaining close contact with the students that work on our project.

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Krystal Tsosie

Co-Principal Investigator

Yá'át'ééh! I am originally from Shonto and Leupp, AZ of the Navajo Nation. My interest in science started at a young age, and I have now completed a Master of Arts in Bioethics and also a Master of Public Health. I am currently completing my PhD in Genomics and Health Disparities at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. My interests are in promoting genetics sovereignty to improve health of our People but in a way that promotes our interests.

Raeanne Henry

Raeanne Henry

Student Research Assistant

I recently graduated from TMCC with my Associates of Science and Arts. I plan to continue my education at UND. I got involved with the Genetics and Pre-eclampsia Study in September of 2018. Working in the Genetics and Pre-eclampsia Study has opened my mind in ways I hadn't thought possible. Being a part of research is very exciting.


Kascaundra Poitra

Student Research Assistant

Currently, I am working on my Associates in Science through TMCC and after that I will be working on my physical therapy degree. I've always thought that genetics was a neat field to work with, so when I was given the opportunity to help with genetics research close to home, I just had to jump in.

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Kylene Martell

Student Research Assistant

I currently have my Associate of Arts and Associate of Science, which I received from TMCC. This year, I will be pursuing my 9-month Entrepreneur certificate, as well. I was initially interested in working with the genetics study because I thought it would help me prepare for a PhD in Psychology at the University of North Dakota.


Name Year Current Position
Crystal Azure 2015 - 2019 Undergraduate Nursing Student at University of North Dakota
Melanie Nadeau 2011 - 2014 Master of Public Health Program Assistant Director
Ashley Aird 2015 - 2017 High School Science Teacher at Turtle Mountain High School
Jacob Davis 2006 - 2009 Tribal Programming Director for Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota
Aleesha Azure 2012 - 2014 Pursuing Nursing at DCB
Allie (Cammack) Segarra 2015 - 2016 Elementary Teacher SJS
Nicki Pearson 2012 - 2014 First Grade Teacher SJS
Dara Jerome 2014 - 2015 Pursuing Civil Engineering Degree at NDSU
Michael John Poitra 2009 - 2010 Leadership and Management Instructor at TMCC
Shawn Hamley 2015 - 2016 Pursuing Degree in Public Health
Kayana Trottier 2015 - 2017 Physical Therapy Program UND
DeAndre Boswell 2016 - 2017 Medical Lab Technician Sanford
Nefer Villalobos 2016 - 2017 Dentistry Program MSU
Jordan Dionne 2006-2007 Middle School Science Teacher