Aoife McLysaght

Professor & Scientist

Professor Aoife McLysaght is Head of the Smurfit Institute of Genetics in Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses primarily on molecular evolution. She has presented a number of scientific ideas on platforms ranging from The Royal Institute, to TEDx, the Science Gallery and even the Rubberbandits Guide to Biology. She is a well-established researcher in her field, published in Nature, Nature Genetics, Bioinformatics, Genome Research, PNAS and Yeast. She has won the European Research Council Starting Researcher Award and the President of Ireland Young Researcher’s Award Science Foundation Ireland.

My Sessions

Beyond #MeToo

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Is this the most significant protest movement in the history of humanity? Or is there a danger the pendulum has swung too far in the tricky, thorny and impossible to regulate area of sex, power and gender? Will there be a backlash? Could we be descending into a culture of victimhood and the infantilising of […]


Humanology – What it means to be human

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Luke O Neill’s wonderful best-seller Humanology explains almost every aspect of what makes us human: how, when, where, and who, with some speculation as to why. For all his easy wit and clever pop-culture references, Luke is fundamentally a serious scientist with an amazing knack of making science accessible and this discussion with fellow scientist Aoife […]