Professor Aoife McLysaght is one of Ireland’s leading geneticists. At 27 years old, she became the youngest professor appointed at Trinity College Dublin, and in 2001 was on the team that analysed the initial sequence of the human genome. She was also involved in a major discovery about how genes are formed.
Professor McLysaght’s research team has been funded through the prestigious President of Ireland Young Researcher Awards (PIYRA) and a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Researcher Award. She is on the editorial board of Molecular Biology and Evoution, and Cell Reports and was Treasurer of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution for three years.
To highlight her work as Ireland’s leading geneticist Professor McLysaght is depicted holding DNA in the group portrait.
She is a sought after public speaker and is a regular contributor to both TV and radio discussions, and has spoken at the Electric Picnic, TEDx, The Royal Institution, Brian Cox and Robin Ince’s Christmas Science shows.