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Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Keywords: epigenetics, transcriptomics, genomics, bioinformatics, high-throughout sequencing, disease biology, molecular biology

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My research focuses on the fields of epigenetics and transcriptomics, specifically their pivotal roles in disease formation. Utilizing high-throughout sequencing technologies, I thus far have been able to help elucidate novel mechanisms across diverse models, including clear cell renal cell carcinoma, non-small cell lung cancer, chordoma, soft tissue sarcoma, congenital heart disease, and fetal alcohol syndrome. These investigations are the outcomes of collaborative efforts both within UNC, encompassing groups such as the Lineberger Cancer Center and the Neuroscience Center, as well as large consortiums like The Cancer Genome Atlas. I have since become a principal at the UNC Neuroscience Bioinformatics Core and the Bioinformatics and Analytics Research Collaborative (BARC) core, where my responsibilities include spearheading the design and analysis of innovative studies. Additionally, I mentor and train emerging bioinformaticians, fostering their growth to better serve the broader campus community.

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Austin Hepperla in UNC Genetics News

Austin Hepperla
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    7018B Mary Ellen Jones Building

    116 Manning Drive

    CB #7250

    Chapel Hill, NC 27599