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Dr Emma C Teeling B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

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Contact Details:

Title Lecturer
Address School of Biology & Environmental Science
Science Centre West,
University College Dublin,
Dublin 4.
Telephone: + 353 1 716 2263
Homepage: Web Page
Title Conway Fellow
Address Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research


Jan. 2005 - present: Lecturer in Evolution and Genetics, School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Ireland (tenured).
Jan. 2002 - Dec. 2004: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, National Cancer Insititute, USA.
Sept. 1997 - Dec. 2001: Ph.D. in Molecular Phylogenetics, Queen's University Belfast, N.Ireland and The University of California, Riverside, California, USA.
Sept. 1995 - Dec. 1996: M.Sc. in Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, University of Edinburgh, Scotland and Cochrane Ecological Institute, Alberta, Canada.
Sept. 1991 - Sept. 1995: B.Sc. in Zoology, University College Dublin, Ireland.

Short Biography:

I graduated with a first class honours Zoology degree from University College Dublin, Ireland (1991) where I specialized in field biology and mate choice behaviour of female fallow deer. Next I pursued an M.Sc. in animal behaviour at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and at the Cochrane Ecological Institute, Canada where I investigated the captive behaviour of the endangered swift fox (1992). Unable to answer evolutionary questions using ecology and behaviour alone I successfully pursued a Ph.D. in molecular phylogenetics at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland and at the University of California Riverside, USA (2001). This Ph.D. research examined the interfamilial relationships of bats and other mammals, and was the foundation for my post-doctoral research at the National Cancer Institute, Maryland USA in the laboratory of Genomic Diversity. There, I investigated how the study of diverse organisms can inform medicine and enable us to better understand the structure and functioning of the human genome. Both my Ph.D. and postdoctoral research culminated in papers that are highly cited and published in Nature and Science. This integrative research forms the basis for my present studies in the School of Biology and Environmental Research, UCD where I am currently a tenured lecturer (2005). I run a large, funded, active research group (PIYRA, SFI-RFP, NPWS, IRCSET, RIA) that examines a broad range of integrative evolutionary questions from functional comparative genomics to population ecology.