Caroline Dowling – PhD Candidate

email: caroline [dot] dowling [dot] 1 [at] ucdconnect [dot] ie
Office: UCD, Belfield, Science Centre West, room 2.52

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I graduated from University College Dublin in 2019 with a BSc in Plant Biology. During my degree I participated in a study abroad programme at McGill University in Montréal, Canada.

I have very diverse interests which are visible through my previous research projects:

  • I am interested in computational biology and fundamental evolutionary genetics, and I completed my undergraduate thesis on genome evolution within a long-term Arabidopsis cell culture.
  • I am also passionate about global food security and in 2018 I worked on turmeric genetics in BIOTEC at the National Science and Technology Development Agency in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • I am interested in plant responses to past and future climates and I completed a project in the UCD Palaeobotany lab in 2017.

For my PhD I am investigating the hemp (Cannabis sativa) genome. I am exploring the genes controlling highly important agricultural traits which will aid the integration of this highly sustainable, multi-functional crop into modern society. This project encompasses many of my interests including global food security, genomics, next-generation sequencing and computational biology.

I am funded by the Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme.