Kristen L. Beck  Kristen L. Beck photo         

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Research Staff Member, Sequencing the Food Supply Chain
Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, USA


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Dr. Beck is in the Industrial and Applied Genomics team in the Accelerated Discovery Lab of IBM Research. Since 2008, she has been performing food-related research including mechanistic studies of omega-3 fatty acids in tumorigenesis as well as composition of primate breast milks. As a Research Staff Member and Technical Lead in the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply at IBM, Dr. Beck develops novel bioinformatics methods to analyze terabytes of raw microbial metatranscriptomic data. Her current research focuses on analyzing next generation sequencing data to gain insights about microbial ecology in food ingredients as well as confidently determine the presence of various hazards such as pathogenic organisms, antimicrobial resistance genes, or food fraud. Prior to joining IBM Research. Dr. Beck developed biochemical and bioinformatics techniques for the study of a multi-species milk proteomics and transcriptomics. She received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology with a Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. with honors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She was the recipient of two NIH Doctoral T32 Training Grants in Biomolecular Technology and Molecular and Cellular Biology.