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Rebecca A. Halpin
Project Team Lead, Viral

Research Interests and Accomplishments

Rebecca A. Halpin is a Team Leader in JCVI'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.

Select Publications

Nyaga MM, Stucker KM, et al.
Whole-genome Analyses of DS-1-like Human G2P[4] and G8P[4] Rotavirus Strains from Eastern, Western and Southern Africa.

Virus Genes. 2015 Jul 27; 49: 196-207.[more]

Magagula NB, Esona MD, et al.
Whole Genome Analyses of G1P[8] Rotavirus Strains from Vaccinated and Non-vaccinated South African Children Presenting With Diarrhea.

Journal of Medical Virology. 2015 Jul 27; 87: 79-101.[more]

Nelson MI, Balmaseda A, et al.
The Evolutionary Dynamics of Influenza A and B Viruses in the Tropical City of Managua, Nicaragua.

Virology. 2014 Jun 21; 462: 81-90.[more]

Dominguez SR, Shrivastava S, et al.
Isolation, Propagation, Genome Analysis and Epidemiology of HKU1 Betacoronaviruses.

The Journal of General Virology. 2014 Apr 01; 95: 836-48.[more]

Dusek RJ, Hallgrimsson GT, et al.
North Atlantic Migratory Bird Flyways Provide Routes for Intercontinental Movement of Avian Influenza Viruses.

PloS One. 2014 Apr 01; 9: e92075.[more]

Westgeest KB, Russell CA, et al.
Genomewide Analysis of Reassortment and Evolution of Human Influenza A(H3N2) Viruses Circulating Between 1968 and 2011.

Journal of Virology. 2014 Mar 01; 88: 2844-57.[more]

Sant'anna FH, Borges LG, et al.
Genomic Analysis of Pandemic and Post-pandemic Influenza A PH1N1 Viruses Isolated in Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil.

Archives of Virology. 2013 Oct 10;[more]

Ramanunninair M, Le J, et al.
Molecular Signature of High Yield (growth) Influenza a Virus Reassortants Prepared as Candidate Vaccine Seeds.

PloS One. 2013 Jun 01; 8: e65955.[more]

Saira K, Lin X, et al.
Sequence Analysis of In Vivo Defective-interfering (DI)-like RNA of Influenza A H1N1 Pandemic Virus.

Journal of Virology. 2013 May 15;[more]

Keitel WA, Piedra PA, et al.
Rapid Research Response to the 2009 A(H1N1)pdm09 Influenza Pandemic (Revised).

BMC Research Notes. 2013 May 03; 6: 177.[more]

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]

Eckerle, L. D., Becker, M. M., et al.
Infidelity of SARS-CoV Nsp14-exonuclease Mutant Virus Replication Is Revealed by Complete Genome Sequencing

PLoS Pathog. 2010 May 06; 6(5): e1000896.[more]

Nelson, M., Spiro, D., et al.
The Early Diversification of Influenza A/H1N1pdm

PLoS Curr Influenza. 2009 Dec 01;: RRN1126.[more]