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Erin Heyer, PhD

Senior Research Officer, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, NSW, Australia

Former RTI Lab: Doctoral Candidate, Moore Lab
Training Period: 2011 - 2017
Prior Academic Degree Institution: Harvey Mudd College

Erin Heyer    @erinheyer

Optimizing RNA Library Preparation to Redefine the Translational Status of 80S Monosomes: A Dissertation

After completing her undergraduate studies in biology at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, Erin undertook PhD studies in the laboratory of Melissa Moore at UMass Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

Her graduate work focused on the study of translation by single ribosomes and the optimization of RNA-Seq library preparation to minimise bias.  As both projects involved deep sequencing, Erin began to explore the field of computational biology to complement her work in biochemistry.

Following the completion of her PhD, Erin took a position at Moderna Therapeutics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  After this stint in biotech, she moved back to academic research as a postdoctoral researcher at Garvan.  In the Transcriptomic Research Lab, Erin balances her time between the lab bench and the computer, studying genomic rearrangements and their impact on cancer.