The IBIOLI, as part of the 2015 Activity Series, invites its members, families, friends and the general public to attend this free lecture, given by Dr Kay Nolan, Senior Lecturer, School of Biology and Environmental Science, UCD, titled “Canine Genetics: How Man’s Best Friend Helps in the Study of Human Disease”.
Dogs are domestic animals that descended from the grey wolf about 15 thousand years ago. Over the last few hundred years, humans have generated a number of dog ‘breeds’ by selecting for desirable traits, either physical traits (eg size, shape, hair length or colour) or behavioural characters (herding, pointing, retrieving etc). As a downside of this selection, many breeds also display pre-dispositions to certain diseases. With the advent of high throughput DNA sequencing, the genetic basis of the differences between dog breeds and of their genetic diseases is being elucidated. Many canine diseases are similar to human conditions and, as a result, the information emerging from these studies is helping us understand the genetic basis of complex human disease.
About the Presenter:
Dr Kay Nolan received her BSc and PhD (both in Zoology) from UCD. She is currently Senior Lecturer in UCD’s School of Biology and Environmental Science where she contributes to the BSc Programme (Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics and Zoology) and to the MSc programme in Evolutionary Biology. Her current research addresses the genetic basis of canine disease, the role of cell signalling in animal development and the evolution of genomic imprinting.