Aoife Doherty

I graduated NUI Maynooth in 2009 with a B. Sc. in Biology. For my PhD in the McInerney lab, I’m studying mammalian evolution.

Last year, in collaboration with the Beijing Genomics Institute and Dr. Mary O Connell’s team in DCU,as part of their “Extreme Environment Animals” project, I carried out a phylogenetic dating analysis of the polar bear  to solve the ambiguity surrounding the date of divergence between the Giant Panda and the Polar Bear.

Currently, I am examining the correlation between duplicability of interacting protein-coding genes in primates and their network centrality measures in the protein-protein interaction network. In the future, I hope to expand on this work on a larger scale to include all well-sequenced mammals.