Short CV/Education and training


    National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

  • 2013 – 2018
    Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellow

  • 2015 – 2020
    Partnership with Science Foundation Ireland and Health Research Board and SFI-PIYRA Fellow


  • 1998 – 2002
    Bachelor of Science, Biotechnology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

  • 2002 – 2003
    Masters in Research in Life Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

  • 2003 – 2007
    PhD in the laboratory of Professor Robin Allshire , awarded in 2007, 4-Year Wellcome Trust Studentship, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

  • 2007 – 2009
    Postdoc in the laboratory of Dr. Geneviève Almouzni, Curie Institute, Paris, France

  • 2009 – 2013
    Postdoc in the laboratory of Dr. Gary Karpen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory & University of California, Berkeley, USA

Selected publications

  • Dunleavy EM, *Beier NL, Gorgescu W, Tang J, Costes SV, Karpen GH (2012) The cell cycle timing of centromeric chromatin assembly in Drosophila meiosis is distinct from mitosis yet requires CAL1 and CENP-C. PLoS Biol, 10(12): e1001460.

  • Dunleavy EM, Roche D, Tagami H, Lacoste N, Ray-Gallet D, Nakamura Y, Daigo Y, Nakatani Y, Almouzni-Pettinotti, G (2009) HJURP is a cell cycle dependent maintenance and deposition factor of CENP-A at centromeres. Cell 137(3): 485-497

  • Dunleavy EM, Pidoux AL, Monet M, Bonilla C, Richardson W, Hamilton GL, Ekwall K, McLaughlin PJ, Allshire RC (2007) A NASP (N1/N2)-related protein, Sim3, binds CENP-A and is required for its deposition at fission yeast centromeres. Mol Cell 28(6): 1029-44.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • 5 Year Wellcome Trust Career Development Award (SFI-HRB partnership): Assembly and Function of Drosophila melanogaster Centromeric Chromatin during Meiosis and Development

  • 5 Year Science Foundation Ireland (PIYRA): Epigenetic Mechanisms of Stem Cell Maintenance


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