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    Dr Irene Gallego-Romero

Irene Gallego Romero studies the contributions of gene regulatory change to human and primate evolution, whether recent or ancient. Her research is both computational and experimental, and she has a long-standing interest in the development of robust analytical methods and pipelines for niche high-throughput sequencing data, including interspecies comparisons. Currently a lecturer in systems genetics at Melbourne Integrative Genomics, and a member of the School of BioSciences and the Centre for Stem Cell Systems at the University of Melbourne, she was awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Trust Fellowship as a postdoctoral researcher to establish pluripotent stem cell lines from non-human apes as a resource for comparative primate genomics. Since moving to Australia in 2017 her research has focused on the evolutionary challenges of peopling Island Southeast Asia.