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Tales from a Small Island: Ancient DNA on the Atlantic Edge Lara Cassidy

May 04 2024

Saturday / Dé Sathairn

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venue / Áit

The District Courthouse / An Chúirt Dúiche
The Mall, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland
€10.00

Lara Cassidy is currently an assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin, where she completed her PhD in ancient human genomics in 2017 under the supervision of Dan Bradley. Her doctoral thesis established a working framework for the genetic history of northwest Europe and resolved longstanding questions on the origins of the modern Irish population. More recently, she has focussed on the inference of past social organisation in Ireland and Britain by leveraging fine-scale patterns of relatedness and inbreeding. She is particularly interested in the emergence of social stratification and provided evidence for a hereditary elite in Irish passage tomb societies. Her team are also leveraging Ireland’s insularity and long-term genetic continuity to study the evolutionary forces that have shaped human health and disease.