Shigeki Nakagome (Principle Investigator)
Shigeki received his Ph.D. at The University of Tokyo in 2010 with the focus on the evolutionary pressures on alleles associated with Crohn's disease. As a postdoctoral researcher, He first joined The Institute of Statistical Mathematics from 2011 to 2014 where he was awarded a competitive Research Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for Young Scientists and developed a new statistical method, kernel Approximate Bayesian Computation. He obtained further postdoctoral training at University of Chicago from 2013 to 2016 as JSPS Overseas Research Fellow. During this training, he has acquired expertise in population and functional genomics to develop statistical approaches for understanding selective pressures on immunity genes and to connect genetic polymorphisms to their functional consequences in the immune system. Since 2016, he has worked as Ussher Assistant Professor in Genomic Medicine at School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin.
Niall completed his undergraduate degree in Genetics at Trinity College Dublin in 2017. For his final year thesis, he isolated and sequenced DNA from samples of ancient Irish bog butter and employed a variety of computational approaches to analyse the animal and microbial genetic material present. Niall has recently started a PhD project in the lab (co-supervision with Dan Bradley at School of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin), which focuses on whole-genome sequence analysis of Native Americans.
Keerthana completed her M.Sc. in Molecular Medicine at Trinity College Dublin in 2018. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology from Anna University, with a thesis on mapping antibiotic resistance genes in microorganisms isolated from Mastitis samples in Chennai area, at TANUVAS, India. She joined the lab in 2018 for her M.Sc. project with a specific focus on genomic profiling of immune activity. She now works as a Research Assistant to continue to work on her immunogenomics study.
Interested in joining the lab?
We always welcome any inquiries from students or postdoctoral candidates.