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How greater understanding of bat genetics can offer insights into human diseases


Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 18:00


Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


Full price €10 Concession Price (Student, retired, unemployed) €6.00 Members of the Academy contact

This Academy Discourse by bat expert Professor Emma Teeling, is the first in the 2019-20 Discourse Series sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran.

About the speaker

Professor Emma Teeling is an international leader in the cross-cutting fields of mammalian phylogenetics and comparative genomics, with particular expertise in bat biology. She established the Laboratory of Molecular Evolution and Mammalian Phylogenetics in 2005 at University College Dublin; is the Founding Director of the Centre for Irish Bat Research (2006-2019); and, the newly appointed Head of Zoology (2018-present). She has developed a unique, world-leading research programme, where she integrates cutting-edge molecular technology with whole animal wildlife studies to elucidate the molecular basis of evolutionary novelty and biodiversity. She utilises this new found understanding to benefit society, both from an environmental and human health perspective. Since 2005 she has been awarded and managed >5.2M euro in research grants, including three of the most competitive personal grants: European Research Council (ERC) Starting grant (2013-2018), a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (2006-2012) and recently an Irish Research Council (IRC) Consolidator Laureate Award (2018-2022), awarded solely for scientific excellence and originality. In recognition of her scholarship and research excellence she has been awarded a Chevalier des Palmes Académiques, (2017) by the French Government and elected to the Royal Irish Academy (2016). Professor Teeling is dedicated to raising public awareness of science. Through her online TEDx talk 'The Secret of the Bat Genome', she has reached an audience of >525,718 people.

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