Zak Webber

Graduate School
College of Medicine – Tucson
Year Entered Program: 
Grad Year: 
Degrees Received: 

BS Molecular Biology University Honors- Brigham Young University, April 2020

About Me: 


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I grew up in Payson, Utah and love small-town life. Following a two-year ecclesiastic mission in Spain, I attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a degree in molecular biology. My honors thesis investigated the ability of common sunflowers to remove uranium from pooled groundwater in the Navajo Nation. Through this project I was able to collaborate with high school students in Chinle, Arizona. (1,2). I simaltaneously participated in Marc Hansen's (PhD) laboratory and helped to validate a new synthesis technique and identify a novel JAK1 JH2 pseudokinase inhibitor (3). I gained experience in tissue culture, luciferase assays, and drug discovery. Following graduation, I worked as a high-throughput sequencing (HTS) technician for Recursion Pharmaceuticals, and gained experience working with industry state-of-the-art technologies as the company made their initial public offering.

I love research and medicine and am still deciding my research and medical specialities. Outside of studies, I love trail running, getting outdoors with my wife, or socializing with the MD-PhD family. I am passionate about balance, ice cream, and Star Wars.

Honors & Awards: 

College Undergraduate Research Award 2019, 2020, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Undergraduate Mentored Learning Scholar 2019, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Hearts & Hands Award, 2019, Utah Philanthropy Day, Salt Lake City, Utah.



Selected Publications: 

Patel, S.B., Webber, Z., Strah, D.D., Hellinger, R.D., Yrun-Duffy, M., Kowalek, K.A., and Seckeler, M.D. (2023). Acute Hospital Outcomes for Renal Transplantation in Patients With Moderate or Severe Congenital Heart Disease. The American Journal of Cardiology 186, 87-90. 

Seckeler, M.D., Webber, Z. & Fox, K.A. Using 3D Printed Heart Models for Surgical and Catheterization Planning in Congenital Heart Disease. Curr Treat Options Peds (2022).

Webber, Z. R., Webber, K. G. I., Rock, T., St. Clair, I., Thompson, C., Groenwald, S., Aanderud, Z., Carling, G. T., Frei, R. J., & Abbott, B. W. (2021). Diné citizen science: Phytoremediation of uranium and arsenic in the Navajo Nation. Science of The Total Environment, 794, 148665.

Singleton, J. D., Dass, R., Neubert, N. R., Smith, R. M., Webber, Z., Hansen, M. D. H., & Peterson, M. A. (2020). Synthesis and biological evaluation of novel pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines: Discovery of a selective inhibitor of JAK1 JH2 pseudokinase and VPS34. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 30(2).