Megan R. Hockman, PhD

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher/IRTA

Education: B.S. Biochemistry, Duquesne University
PhD, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Emory University

Megan’s research focuses on using bioinformatics to understand the host environment during vaccination and viral infection. She is developing tools to integrate transcriptomic, metabolomic, and proteomic datasets which will provide a comprehensive landscape of host response dynamics. These tools will help identify key pathways that dictate the success of vaccination or the severity of disease in humans. 

Career Goals: Megan’s goal is to develop a career in science communication and outreach, sharing science with broad audiences. 

Selected Publications

Hockman MR, Matthews J, Carlock M, Ross T, Ghedin E, Gresham D. Obese individuals exhibit distinct temporal gene expression dynamics in response to influenza vaccination. In preparation

Forst CV, Chung M, Hockman MR, Lashua L, Adney E, Hickey A,  Carlock M, Ross T, Ghedin E, Gresham D.Vaccination History, Body Mass Index, Age, and Baseline Gene Expression Predict Influenza Vaccination Outcomes. Viruses. 2022. doi: 10.3390/v14112446. PubMed PMID: 36366544

Hockman MR, Jacobs NT, Mainou BA, Koelle K, Lowen, AC. Mammalian orthoreovirus reassortment proceeds with little constraint on segment mixing. Journal of Virology. 2022. Epub 2021/12/22. doi: 10.1128/JVI.01832-21. PubMed PMID: 34935439


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