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Rebecca Skalsky

  • Assistant Professor, VGTI-Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute


Rebecca Skalsky graduated with a B.S. in biological sciences with a concentration in microbiology from Michigan Technological University in 2002. She did her graduate work in Dr. Rolf Renne's laboratory where she helped identify some of the first virus-encoded microRNAs. She received her Ph.D in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Florida in 2007. Her post-doctoral studies were at Duke University in the laboratory of Dr. Bryan Cullen, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.

Dr. Skalsky's research focuses on host-pathogen interactions at the level of RNA interference. Research projects employ genome-wide molecular, biochemical, and bioinformatics-based strategies to identify and characterize targets and cell signaling pathways that are regulated by microRNAs during gamma-herpesvirus infection.

Education and training

    • B.S., 2002, Michigan Technological University
    • Ph.D., 2007, University of Florida

Areas of interest

  • Non-coding RNAs in viral pathogenesis
  • DNA tumor virus biology

Honors and awards

  • 2014 - K99 Career Development Award



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