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NOTICE: The Wittwer Lab closed its physical doors on June 30th, 2020 (read more). The software and site are still supported, licensed and maintained by: Zachary Dwight (Cedars-Sinai)

An Introduction to the Lab

The Wittwer DNA Lab is comprised of individuals with expertise in molecular diagnostics, mechanical engineering, mathematics and software development. With the guidance of Dr. Carl Wittwer (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Bob Palais (UVU Mathematics Faculty), these areas of expertise allow the lab to successfully develop technologies for simpler and faster DNA analysis. A detailed lab profile was published in Biotechniques (November, 2008).

Many innovations are still licensed through the University of Utah PIVOT office:
Genome-Wide Primer Design Using Single Base Bulges and Graphic Processing Units
Two-zone flow-through PCR with Thin Films
Microfluidic Chip for Extreme PCR

Molecular Diagnostics

High resolution melting, assay development, and real-time PCR are the focus of the lab's molecular diagnostics research.


A small group of engineers with a focus in mechanical engineering, optics, thermal cycling, and biochemistry with the goal of advancing medical instrumentation.

Software and Mathematics

Building great software (such as uAnalyze, uMelt, and the Tm Tool) for the molecular dx community that continue to grow in use and research contribution.

Read about our past software development methods...

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