Dr. Susan Hepp is a member of the Intellectual Property Group with experience in microbiology, and proficiency in a variety of biochemical, genetic, molecular, and confocal microscopy techniques.
Dr. Hepp earned her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral research focused on investigating viral assembly and cytoskeletal rearrangements of host cells upon infection with baculovirus. Additional graduate research projects focused on emerging endogenous plant viruses and how plant hybridization leads to the epigenetic deregulation of plant genomes. During her time at UC Berkeley, Dr. Hepp received the Hellman Graduate Fellowship and attended patent law classes at the UC Berkeley School of Law. She also participated in the Communication, Literacy, and Education for Agricultural Research outreach group, supporting her interest in agricultural innovation and technology.
Dr. Hepp obtained her B.S. in microbiology from the University of Maryland, where she was an undergraduate researcher for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at the Center for Food Safety and Nutrition. During this time, she worked with regulatory scientists to study Salmonella strains isolated from contaminated produce.
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