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 novel functional genomics methods and pluripotent stem cells, some of it is fully computational.

  • Human evolution
  • Pluripotent stem cells as model for human evolutionary biology
  • great ape diversity
  • The peopling of Island Southeast Asia and Remote Oceania
  • Archaic hominin introgression

Research projects

  • Genetic diversity in public chimpanzee data sets: truly representative of the species?
  • Dissecting the molecular basis of human adaptation to high altitude in the Andes and the Himalayas
  • How robust are gene regulatory networks between populations?
  • Developing a comprehensive chimpanzee transcriptome
  • Mapping differences protein-protein interactions across three islands in Indonesia
  • Investigating the portability of polygenic risk scores across populations (cosupervised with Dr David Ascher)
  • Genetic mechanisms behind torpor in the mountain pygmy possum (cosupervised with Dr Andrew Weeks)

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