Gallego Romero Lab

Human Evolution, Genomics and Stem Cells


We explore the ways in which natural selection and evolutionary change have shaped the human species (and other mammals too!). By combining the versatility of induced pluripotent stem cells with the power of functional genomics we address questions about the mechanisms of evolutionary adaptation in humans that are intractable by any other means.

We are part of the Melbourne Integrative Genomics unit and the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne, and have very strong connections to the Centre for Stem Cell Systems. We are also an affiliate member of Stem Cells Australia, a multi-institution, multi-disciplinary initiative to bring together Australia’s leading stem cell research groups.

We are always looking for enthusiastic people to join the lab. If you are interested in pursuing an Masters or PhD degree with us, contact Irene and we’ll go from there.