About Korf Lab

Kristen Beck

BMCDB Graduate Student


Kristen is a fourth-year PhD Candidate (anticipated graduation Dec. 2015) in the Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (BMCDB) Graduate Group at the UC Davis Genome Center. Kristen developed a passion for science at an early age, but learned to code only once joining the Korf lab in 2011. Since then, her curiosity for all things technical has truly exploded. Her research centers on understanding the complex composition of milk at the proteomic and transcriptomic levels in multiple mammalian species: human, macaque, gorilla, cow and pig. This research involves the development of experimental and bioinformatic methods. Specifically, she has developed a small-volume proteomics method that has already shown to increase the number of unique proteins identified in human and macaque milk. She is also investigating an RNA-Seq guided proteomics method to increase the understanding of milk's comprehensive protein contents. She is a NIH T32 Biotechnology Fellow and an active member of the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology Program.

Kristen is often involved in the regional scientific and technical communities especially for young researchers. She served as the 2013 Summer Immersion Program Instructor for Girls Who Code and is currently an NSF Portal to the Public Network Science Communications Fellow at the Powerhouse Science Center. When she is not in the lab, Kristen enjoys DIY projects, running, and spending time with her family.

Research Interests

Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Milk Biology


Contact info:

kristenbeck527 at gmail dot com

About Korf Lab

Korf Lab in the news

Jun 26, 2015: Keith Bradnam is interviewed by Frontline Genomics Magazine about his life in Bioinformatics.

Apr 8, 2015: Ian Korf is quoted in a Nature commentary article about Bioinformatics Service cores and the need for beter career paths for bioinformaticians.

Mar 16, 2015: Danielle Lemay is interviewed by the UC Davis News team about the new publication by herself, Kristen Beck (lead author), Ian Korf and others that describes new milk proteomes for human and macaque.

Apr 22, 2013: The Assemblathon 2 paper has won the 2013 BioMed Central Open Data award

Dec 10, 2013: A short piece in the UC Davis Alumni Magazine that discusses the new Genomics undergraduate major that Ian Korf co-developed.

Nov 26, 2013: Ian Korf writes a News & Views piece for Nature Methods about two new comparisons of programs that work with RNA-seq data

Nov 1, 2013: Keith B. and Kristen are both featured in a piece on Inquiring Minds as part of the new One UC Davis campaign.

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