Amy Halpern

Amy Halpern

Amy Halpern (‘12) is currently pursuing dual degrees in Pre-Veterinary/Animal Sciences and Biology. She has been accepted to and is considering several Veterinary Medical Schools for matriculation in the fall. Amy would like to incorporate research into her future endeavors, as she wishes to work in the field of Oncology.

Her research experience began when she was selected to work in the Irschick Laboratory through the Biology Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship program. Under the supervision of Patricia Brennan, she examined the role of sexual competition and its impact on sperm morphology in ducks. For the summer of 2011, Amy was a recipient of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Internship. She spent the summer working on a collaborative research project with the Irschick and Visconti’s labs. This comparative study investigated the biochemical processes that occur in the sperm of mammalian, avian and aquatic animals.

As a senior, Amy is continuing her research as a member of the Junior Fellows Program as well as through independent study in the Visconti lab. In the laboratory, Amy works alongside graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and visiting scientists. In her spare time, Amy enjoys playing tennis and volunteering with local organizations. She is also an intern at the Sunderland Animal Hospital.