Dr Irene Gallego Romero

Research interests

Human evolution and functional genomics

We study human evolution and population history, focusing both on recent adaptive and change (with a specific focus on the peopling of Island Southeast Asia) as well as far older differences between humans and archaic hominins like Denisovans and Neanderthals, or between humans and the great apes, our closest living relatives. Some of our research makes use of functional genomics methods, although other projects are fully computational.

  • Human evolution
  • great ape genetic diversity
  • The peopling of Island Southeast Asia
  • Archaic hominin introgression
  • gene regulation
  • genomics
  • pluripotent stem cells as models for human evolution

Research projects

  • How robust are gene regulatory networks between human populations?
  • Personalised gene regulatory networks for predicting complex traits
  • Mapping differences in protein-protein interactions across three islands in Indonesia

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