The BYU Pre-Med Research Team focuses on helping undergraduate students engage in meaningful research opportunities in a variety of fields, independently, with professors or departments, and through internship programs. Research is an essential part of applications to medical schools and becoming involved in the academic community of medicine, and BYU aims to help students find opportunities that connect with their interests, needs, and prospects. From a variety of backgrounds, our Research Team has experience working in faculty labs, publishing independent studies, applying for academic research internships, and becoming involved in medical publications. 
We have resources available to find open opportunities on campus with professors and offer personal guidance to apply for research positions and determine the best fit for your interests. Additionally, the Research Team helps provide guidance in personal and independent publications for local journals, as well as academic sources for peer review. Please feel free to reach out and contact us if you have any questions about how to get involved in a lab, begin your own research, or find local opportunities for involvement. We are always happy to meet with you to discuss your personal path to research involvement. 

Zacherie Johnson

Research Officer

Hello everyone! My name is Zacharie Johnson! I enjoy the outdoors and playing various sports. I played volleyball, rugby, football, and waterpolo in High School, but my favorite was volleyball. I also enjoy the culinary arts, sometimes to make things, but mostly to eat things. On the weekend you will often find me sitting at a table with friends playing some big board game. I am also an avid reader. Fantasy is definitely my genre, this is probably due to the fact that I grew up on Percy Jackson and Harry Potter.
I have always wanted to be in the medical field. When I was in middle school, I had big dreams. I wanted to save lives and cure cancer. As I have pursued this goal of mine, and I have grown up both physically and mentally, my understanding of medicine and what I want to do has evolved. Currently, my interest lies in the field of Oncology. I have been really enjoying doing hospice visits and learning about palliative care. Being a doctor is about helping others live this life to the fullest. I don’t believe there to be a more wonderful career!

Derick Bunn

Research Officer

Derick is a sophomore from Hurricane, Utah studying Biology and Chinese. He is currently working in Dr. Moody’s lab on protein crystallization. He enjoys playing pickleball, Ping Pong, and fly-fishing in his free time. He loves learning new things, and teaching others the new things he learns. He is fascinated by the field of diagnostic imaging and is preparing to one day have a career as a Radiologist.