Eimear E Kenny, PhD
- ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Genetics and Genomic Sciences
Research Topics:Genetics, Genomics
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Dr. Eimear Kenny is Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genome Science, and is a member of the Charles Bronfman Institute of Personalized Medicine, the Institute of Genomics and Multiscale Biology and the Center for Statistical Genetics, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The overall goal of Dr. Kennys lab is to realize the full potential of genomics to infer human history and evolution and to inform better models for clinical medicine. (published in leading research journals including Nature,Science, Cell, Nature Genetics, PNAS and PLoS Genetics). Her current focus is in developing statistical and genomic resources to enable functional genetic variant discovery in global populations. Dr. Kenny's recent work (with co-authors) describing a novel variant that causes blond hair in the Solomon Islands, Melanesia, (and published in Science journal) was featured in the New York Times. She completed a B.Sc.in Biochemistry in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, a M.Sc. in Bioinformatics at the University of Leeds, England, and a Ph.D. in Statistical Genetics at Rockefeller University, New York. Dr. Kenny joined the faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in November, 2012.
Multi-Disciplinary Training AreaGenetics and Data Science [GDS]
BSc, Trinity College Dublin
MSc, University of Leeds
PhD, Rockefeller University
Post-doc, Stanford University
Our research focuses on the analysis of human genetic variation to address fundamental questions in biology, medicine and anthropology. We are interested in detecting patterns of demography in genomic data to inform our inference of human evolution and history, and result in better outcomes for medical genomics. Specifically, we combine population genetics theory, complex disease mapping, statistical modeling and experimentation to gain a deeper understanding of the landscape of genetic variation in global populations and its impact on function, fitness and survival. A detailed description of current projects can be found here.
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