Rebecca A. Halpin
Project Team Lead, Viral
Research Interests and Accomplishments
Rebecca A. Halpin is a Team Leader in JCVIÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢"Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢"Å¾Â¢s Viral Genomics group where she manages multiple high throughput viral genome sequencing projects, with an emphasis on influenza genome sequencing.
Rebecca received a BS in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and an MS in Biotechnology from The Johns Hopkins University. She joined The Institute for Genomic Research in 2003 as a member of the Genome Finishing and Analysis group and has been a member of the Viral Genomics group since 2005. During that time, she established a coronavirus genome sequencing pipeline that resulted in over 50 published coronavirus genomes. She was also essential for the development of a random priming based sequencing method that is used for a wide range of viruses.
Prior to joining TIGR/JCVI Rebecca was a DNA sequencing and analysis specialist at the Cornell University Life Sciences Core Laboratories Center in Ithaca, NY.
She is interested in the implementation of new sequencing technologies and protocols to increase throughput and accuracy of diverse viral genome sequencing projects.
Vlasova, A. N., Halpin, R., et al.
Molecular Characterization of a New Species In the Genus Alphacoronavirus Associated With Mink Epizootic Catarrhal Gastroenteritis.
The Journal of general virology. 2011 Jun 01; 92(0): 1369-79.[more]