Dr Irene Gallego Romero

Research interests

Human evolution, genomics and stem cells

  • Human evolution
  • Pluripotent stem cells as model for human evolutionary biology
  • great ape diversity
  • The peopling of island South-East 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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