Rachel Sippy, PhD, MPH

Dr. Rachel Sippy is conducting post-doctoral research with SUNY Upstate Medical University and the University of Florida at a field site in Ecuador. She is currently on the academic job market.

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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. A PhD in Epidemiology from 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 completed her dissertation: Seasonality of Dengue Fever in Rural Ecuador in the spring of 2018.

Rachel currently resides in Machala, Ecuador with her husband, their two greyhounds, and a cat. She enjoys traveling, reading, knitting, puzzles, and nearly any outdoor activity, from canoeing to ice climbing.


* denotes co-first author, # denotes mentee

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. Relationship Between Microclimate and Environmental Variables and Mosquito Abundance in Rural Ecuador

Sippy R, Gangnon R, Barrett B. Impact of Meditation or Exercise on Risk of Acute Respiratory Infections.

Estallo EL, Sippy R, Stewart-Ibarra AM, Grech MG, Benitez EM, Ludueña-Almeida FF, Ainete M, Frias Cespedes M, Robert M, Romero MM, Almirón WR. A decade of arbovirus emergence in the temperate southern cone of South America: dengue, Aedes aegypti and climate dynamics in Córdoba, Argentina. In review at PLoS Negl Trop Dis January 2020.

Sippy R, Rivera G, Sanchez V, Heras Heras F, Morejón B, Beltrán-Ayala E, Hikida RS, López-Latorre MA, Aguirre A, Stewart-Ibarra AM, Larsen DA, Neira M. Ingested insecticide to control Aedes aegypti: Developing a novel dried attractive toxic sugar bait device for intra-domiciliary control. In press at Parasites & Vectors September 2019.

Sippy R*, #Farrell D, Lichtenstein D, Nightingale R, Harris M, Toth J, Hantztidiamantis P, #Usher N, Cueva C, Barzallo Aguilar J, Puthumana A, Endy T, Stewart Ibarra AM. Severity Index for Suspected Arbovirus (SISA): Machine Learning for Accurate Prediction of Hospitalization in Subjects Suspected of Arboviral Infection. In press at PLoS Negl Trop Dis May 2019.


#Farovitch L, Sippy R*, Beltrán-Ayala E, Endy TP, Stewart-Ibarra AM, Leydet B. Tick-borne Disease in Southern Coastal Ecuador: Detection of Antibodies to Spotted Fever Group Rickettsia in Febrile Individuals in 2014 – 2015. AJTMH. 2019 Sep 23. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.19-0157.

Mordecai E, Caldwell J, Grossman M, Lippi C, Johnson L, Neira M, Rohr JR, Ryan S, Savage V, Shocket M, Sippy R, Stewart Ibarra, A, Thomas M, Villena O. The thermal biology of mosquito-borne disease. Ecol Lett. 2019 Oct;22(10):1690-1708.

Ryan SJ, Mundis SJ, Aguirre A, Lippi CA, Beltrán E, Heras F, Sanchez V, Borbor-Cordova MJ, Sippy R, StewartIbarra AM, Neira M. Seasonal and geographic variation in insecticide resistance in Aedes aegypti in southern Ecuador. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019;13(6): e0007448.

Sippy R, Herrera D, Gaus D, Gangnon R, Osorio J, Patz J. Seasonal Patterns of Dengue Fever in Rural Ecuador: 2009-2016. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 13(5): e0007360.

Jaramillo-Ochoa R*, Sippy R*, #Farrell DF, Cueva-Aponte C, Beltran-Ayala E, Gonzaga JL, Ordoñez León T, Quintana FA, Ryan SJ, Stewart-Ibarra AM. Effects of political instability in Venezuela on malaria resurgence at Ecuador-Peru border, 2018. Emerg Infect Dis. 2019 Apr;25(4):834-836.

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 Oct 18;10(Suppl 7):227-231.

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.

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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