NAGC Staff

Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil

Laboratory Manager

Bio

 Megan O’Neil is currently the Lab Manager at the National Agricultural Genotyping Center where she oversees the research and development, validation studies and testing of samples.

Prior to relocating to North Dakota to set up the National Agricultural Genotyping Center, she came from the multi-disciplinary Tri County Regional Forensic Laboratory located in Andover, MN.   Formerly a Forensic Scientist in the Biology Section, Megan has successfully helped establish three forensic DNA laboratories under ISO 17025 accreditation (one in Minnesota, one in Arkansas and one in North Dakota).

Megan has a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND performing research on low copy number DNA samples using whole genome amplification techniques.  Her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biotechnology with a minor in Chemistry, is also from North Dakota State University. 

Lindsey Fransen

Lindsey Fransen

Laboratory Technician

Bio

Lisa Piche

Lisa Piche

Senior Research Analyst

Bio

Lisa Piche, is the Senior Research Analyst at NAGC, where she leads the lab in research and coaches junior scientists in assay development and implementation.

Lisa obtained both her Master’s of Science and Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Microbiology and Veterinary Microbiological Sciences, from North Dakota State University. She started her molecular career at NDSU, by performing research in subject areas of agricultural importance in both the plant and animal scopes. She later transferred to the NDSU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, as the lead technician in the Molecular Diagnostics laboratory section. Lisa was responsible for designing and implementing over 30 new molecular diagnostic procedures, many of which gained the NDSU-VDL national attention, before joining the team at NAGC.

Together with her husband, Scott, a carpenter by trade, they operate a Black Angus cattle ranch, in Frazee, MN, and have two children, Danielle 14 and Jakob 11.

Hom Pokhrel

Hom Pokhrel

Laboratory Assistant

Bio

Born in Bhutan, raised in Nepal and now a resident of Fargo, Hom is a Laboratory Assistant at NAGC. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science from North Dakota State University. He lives with his wife and two kids.

Hom likes gardening and spares leisure time with his kids.

Zack Bateson

Zack Bateson

Research Scientist

Bio

Dr. Zack Bateson is a Research Scientist at the NAGC where he contributes to research and development of assays to detect pathogens and resistance genes in a variety of hosts, including both crops and livestock.

Zack received his PhD in Evolutionary Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he examined relationships between genetic diversity of the immune system and survival within endangered bird populations. He has over 10 years of experience as a population geneticist, which started during his Master’s Degree research at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Zack obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology at North Dakota State University in 2006.

In his free time away from the genetics lab, Zack enjoys hunting and fishing as well as getting lost in nature trying to identify native flora and fauna with his wife (Sheena) and two sons (Isaac and Ethan).