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Katelyn Heimbruch

Katelyn Heimbruch

Katelyn Heimbruch

G3 Student

Faculty Advisor

  • Sridhar Rao, MD, PhD, Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology) and Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy; located at the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin


  • Medical Scientist Training Program

Contact Information


BS, Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015

Research Interests

Cancer biology, immunology, genetics

Research Experience

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012-2015
Advisor: David O'Connor
Research focused on host immunogenetics related to viral infection. Projects included characterizing MHC genetic diversity in sooty mangabeys and novel virus discovery in african green monkeys.


Heimbruch K, Karl J, Wiseman R, Dudley D, Johnson Z, O’Connor D. Novel MHC class I full-length allele and haplotype characterization in sooty mangabeys. Immunogenetics. August 2015; 67(8): 437-45. doi: 10.1007/s00251-015-0847-0.

Karl J, Heimbruch K, Vriezen C, Mironczuk C, Dudley D, Wiseman R, O’Connor D. Survey of major histocompatibility complex class II diversity in pig-tailed macaques. Immunogenetics. November 2014; 66(11):613-23. doi: 10.1007/s00251-014-0797-y.

Bailey A, Lauck M, Ghai R, Nelson C, Heimbruch K, Hughes A, Goldberg T, Kuhn J, Jasinka A, Feimer N, Apetrei C, O’Connor D. Arteriviruses, pegiviruses, and lentiviruses are common among wild African monkeys. Journal of Virology. July 2016; 90(15):6724-37. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00573-16.

General Interests

I enjoy cooking and baking. I love traveling and planning new trips almost as much! I also like going to concerts (Summerfest is the best!) and Badger games (basketball is my favorite).