Rachel Sippy

Rachel is currently pursuing her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

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After graduating from Iowa State University in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Genetics, Rachel worked as an Assistant Scientist managing a lab at the ISU Veterinary School putting academic and practical skills into use. After deciding to continue with her studies and pursue public health, she chose to attend the University of Utah where she had the opportunity to work on influenza transmission, cancer patient outcomes and worked in the Galápagos studying the relationship between mosquitos and avian malaria. Rachel graduated with a Master's in Public Health in 2013. The University of Wisconsin Madison followed, allowing her to study vector-borne disease transmission with a focus on local climactic variability in Ecuador in collaboration with local hospitals. She is currently working on her dissertation: Seasonality of Dengue Fever in Rural Ecuador and expects to complete her studies in the spring of 2018.

Rachel currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, their greyhound, and 4 chickens. She enjoys traveling, reading, and nearly any outdoor activity, from canoeing to ice climbing.


Sippy R, Moreira F. Aedes albopictus en América del Sur y su relación con la distribución, y mantenimiento de enfermedades. Práctica Familiar Rural. 2016; 3.

Oh CS, Sippy J, Charbonneau B, Hutchinson JC, Romero OE, Barton M, Patel P, Sippy R, Feiss M. DNA Topology and the Initiation of Virus DNA Packaging. PLoS One. 2016 May 4;11(5):e0154785.

Sippy R, Kolesar JE, Darst BF, Engelman CD. Prioritization of Family Member Sequencing for the Detection of Rare Variants. BMC Proceedings. 2016;10(Suppl 7):11.

Sippy J, Patel P, Vahanian N, Sippy R, Feiss M. Genetics of critical contacts and clashes in the DNA packaging specificities of bacteriophages λ and 21. Virology. 2015 Feb;476:115-23.

Wu Z, Sippy R, Sahin O, Plummer P, Vidal A, Newell D, Zhang Q. Genetic diversity and antimicrobial susceptibility of Campylobacter jejuni isolates associated with sheep abortion in the United States and the United Kingdom. J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Jun;52(6):1853-61.

Sippy R, Sandoval-Green CMJ, Sahin O, Plummer P, Fairbanks WS, Zhang Q, Blanchong JA. Occurrence and molecular analysis of Campylobacter in wildlife on livestock farms. Veterinary Microbiology. 2012 Jun 15;157(3-4):369-75.

Luo Y, Sahin O, Dai L, Sippy R, Wu Z, Zhang Q. Development of a loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay for rapid, sensitive and specific detection of a Campylobacter jejuni clone. Journal of Veterinary Medical Science. 2012 May;74(5):591-6.

Sahin O, Fitzgerald C, Stroika S, Zhao S, Sippy R, Kwan P, Plummer P, Han J, Yaeger M, Zhang Q. Molecular Evidence for Zoonotic Transmission of an Emergent Highly Pathogenic Campylobacter jejuni Clone in the United States. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 2012 Mar;50(3):680-7

Plummer P, Sahin O, Burrough E, Sippy R, Mou K, Rabenold J, Yaeger M, Zhang Q. LuxS in the fitness and virulence of Campylobacter jejuni. Infection & Immunity. 2012 Feb;80(2):585-93.

In Preparation

Sippy R, Herrera D, Gaus D, Bartholomay L, Gangnon R, Osorio J, Patz J. Prediction of Microclimate Variables in Rural Ecuador.

Sippy R, Herrera D, Gaus D, Gangnon R, Osorio J, Patz J. Seasonality of Arboviral Illness in Rural Ecuador: 2009-2016.

Sippy R, Gangnon R, Barrett B. Impact of Meditation or Exercise on Risk of Acute Respiratory Infections. Submitted to Journal of Clinical Epidemiology on 19 Dec 2016.

Book Chapters

Greenwood C, Sippy R, Weinert B, and Adams A. Diet and Nutrition. In Remington PL, Brownson R, Wegner MV: Chronic disease epidemiology and control. 4th Edition. Chapter 8. 2016.


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