May 19, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Bats: Longevity, immunity, genomes… why care? @ online

A virtual talk by Prof. Emma Teeling, UCD Bat Lab

Join us for this fascinating talk by Prof. Teeling (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Teeling) from UCD’s Bat Lab, who will discuss her cutting edge work studying bat DNA. This includes furthering our understanding of the bat genome and studying other mammals such as bats to better understand and manage ageing and a number of conditions, including deafness and blindness, in humans.


Prof. Teeling is the co-founder of the Bat1K project to map the genomes of all species of bat. She is also concerned with the roles of bats in the environment and how to conserve their ecosystems.  She established the Laboratory of Molecular Evolution and Mammalian Phylogenetics in 2005 and is the Founding Director of the Centre for Irish Bat Research at University College Dublin (UCD). She has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council Starting grant (2012) and a Science Foundation Ireland, President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (2006). Her integrative research in the fields of zoology, phylogenetics, genomics and conservation biology uncovers the genetic signatures of survival that enables species to adapt to an ever-changing environment. The two mains goals of her research are: (1) study unique model species to enable a better understanding of the structure and function of the human genome to inform medicine and molecular biology; (2) understand and therefore conserve, natural populations and environments to promote ecosystem well-being and functioning. She successfully leads a prolific, internationally renowned research team of typically 10 people and has secured over 4.4M in research funding. She is listed in top 100 female Irish scientists (2014) and gave a TEDx talk (2012) > 340,000 downloads.

This event is free and open to all. It is being held as part of Biodiversity Week 2022.

You will need to register for this event.  Details on how to register will be available here: https://www.batconservationireland.org/event/bats-longevity-immunity-genomes-why-care