AOIP Young Investigator Seminar Series - “The Unusual Suspects: Non-Coding Variants and Inherited Retinal Disease” presented by Laura Whelan
Seminar with Q&A (open to entire MCW Vision Science community) “The Unusual Suspects: Non-Coding Variants and Inherited Retinal Disease” Presented by Laura Whelan Graduate Student, Trinity College Dublin
Trainee Roundtable This section is for vision science trainees only.
Please email Joseph Carroll, PhD, if you would like to be included.
Laura Whelan is a third year PhD candidate in Professor G. Jane Farrar's laboratory in the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Laura completed her undergraduate degree in Human Genetics from Trinity College Dublin in 2018 and is now researching the specific DNA changes that cause inherited retinal diseases in Ireland. She has a specific interest in non-coding variants and their effects on the splicing process and is investigating these variants using integrated genomics and transcriptomics. Her overall aim is to increase the rate of positive genetic diagnoses for inherited retinal disease patients in Ireland, by employing more comprehensive sequencing methods and functional analyses when needed. Laura is also keen to highlight both the trials and tribulations of doing a PhD and regularly talks about these on Twitter @lauraannewhelan.