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Tara Alpert, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Appointments

Biography

As a postdoctoral fellow in the Yale School of Public Health I have been:
- performing genomic surveillance for the state of CT to monitor transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
- assisting the Department of Health with specific outbreak investigations
- developing methods for wastewater sequencing and surveillance
- investigating cases of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection at the Yale-New Haven Hospital
- I detected the first case of B.1.1.7 (the “UK variant”) in Connecticut and am continuing to monitor for emerging variants

Using genomic epidemiology, we can better understand how outbreaks occur and suggest strategies to mitigate future risk of transmission. Additionally, genomic surveillance is important for early detection of emerging variants that may be detrimental to vaccine efficacy or otherwise modify the disease course. This role has required efficient communication with our many collaborators as well as rapid turnaround of results, analysis, and reports to non-experts in order to respond to the pandemic in real time.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Yale University, Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics (2020)

Departments & Organizations