I am a PhD student working with the National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) to construct a Yeast Tree of Life that can be used as a framework on which to view and exploit academically- and bioindustrially-relevant trait information. The project involves assessing and comparing different phylogenetic methods such as multi-locus sequence, whole genome SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism), and Next Generation Sequencing-based approaches using a large dataset of yeast genomes.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Master’s in the Control of Infectious Disease at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I became particularly excited about the fields of genomics and phylogenetics when I undertook an outbreak investigation using phylogenetic techniques for my Master’s project. This, coupled with a long-time interest in genome evolution led to me starting this PhD at the Quadram Institute in 2016.