Julia Halo


Ph. D., Tufts University Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Microbiology (2011)   

Office:   521A Life Sciences Building

Phone:   1-419-372-4096

Email:     halojv@bgsu.edu

Research: Transposable elements; Retroelements; Host-virus evolution

Halo Lab Website 



Research Interests:

My research program is focused on understanding the influence of various types of transposable elements on the host genomic landscape, and the biological impact of continued transposable element mobility in host evolution.

Positions are open for M.S. and Ph.D. students!!

Recent Publications:

Wildschutte JH, Williams ZH, Montesion M, Subramanian RP, Kidd JM, Coffin JM. 2016. Discovery of unfixed endogenous retrovirus insertions in diverse human populations. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. pii: 201602336. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27001843 (Read the press release here)

Wildschutte JH, Baron A, Diroff NM, Kidd JM. 2015. Discovery and characterization of Alu repeat sequences via precise local read assembly. Nucleic Acids Research Oct 25. pii: gkv1089. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26503250

Soto-Calderón ID, Clark NJ, Wildschutte JV, DiMattio K, Jensen-Seaman MI, Anthony NM. 2014. Identification of species-specific nuclear insertions of mitochondrial DNA (numts) in gorillas and their potential as population genetic markers. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution . Dec;81:61-70. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2014.08.018. Epub 2014 Sep 4. PMID: 25194325

Subramanian RP*, Wildschutte JH*, Russo C, Coffin JM. 2011. Identification, characterization, and comparative genomic distribution of the HERV-K (HML-2) group of human endogenous retroviruses. Retrovirology. Nov 8;8:90. doi: 10.1186/1742-4690-8-90. PMID: 22067224

Wildschutte JH, Ram D, Subramanian R, Stevens VL, Coffin JM. 2014. The distribution of insertionally polymorphic endogenous retroviruses in breast cancer patients and cancer-free controls. Retrovirology. Aug 12;11:62. doi: 10.1186/s12977-014-0062-3. PMID: 25112280