Current members:

Isabela Alvim
Postdoctoral researcher
isabelaalvim dot alvim at unimelb dot edu do au

Isobel Beasley
MSc student, Genetics, co-supervised with Christina Azodi.


Maddy Comerford
PhD student, Genetics
mlcomerford at student dot unimelb dot edu dot au

Kei Fukuda

Postdoctoral researcher

Irene Gallego Romero, PhD
Principal investigator
irene [dot] gallego [at] unimelb [dot] edu [dot] au @ee_reh_neh - and yes, that IS how I pronounce my name! ee_reh_neh on bitbucket IGR on google scholar

I’m a human evolutionary biologist with training in genomics, biological anthropology and pluripotent stem cell biology. My research interests include understanding evolutionary adaptions at both short and long time spans – those that have occurred in specific human populations, but also those that separate us from our close evolutionary relatives. I’m also fascinated by issues surrounding the practice of science today – funding allocation, career progression and levels of inclusion and diversity of the scientific workforce. You can download my current CV here (current as of Nov 2021).

I was a speaker at TEDxNTU in 2016. You can watch the recording here.


Hanadi Hoblos
Lab manager


Neke Ibeh
PhD student
oibeh [at] student [dot] unimelb [dot] edu [dot] au
Neke is applying her considerable bioinformatics skills to various genetic sets from Indonesia.

Navya Shukla
PhD student, Genetics


Joining the lab:

If you are looking for an honours, masters or PhD position, email me in the first instance, and we can chat to see if there’s any suitable positions available. You should also read through our lab guidelines document to get a feel for the lab and whether it is the right environment for you.


Past members:

Laura Cook
PhD student, co-supervised with Andrew Pask. (2018-2022)
Currently a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Axel Visel at Berkeley National Labs.

Ashlee Hutchinson
PhD student, co-supervised with Andrew Pask. (2018-2022)
Currently a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Robin Hobbs at Monash.

Davide Vespasiani
PhD student (2018-2022)
Currently a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Carolyn De Graaf at WEHI

Katalina Bobowik 
PhD student (2017-2021)
Currently a project scientist with Daniel MacArthur at the Garvan Institute.

Nicolas Brucato
Visiting postdoctoral research fellow (2019, 2020)

Debbie Lee Boon Hui
Undergraduate researcher (2020)

Jenna Ortoleva
Undergraduate researcher (2020)

River Kano
Masters in Biological Sciences (2018-2019)

Akihito Tomida
Research assistant (2019)

María Miguel Matorra
Undergraduate researcher (2019)

Anna Orteu 
Research student (2017-2018)


And… back from our days in Singapore!
Pallavi Srivastava
Project officer/lab manager.

Ng Yan Ting
Project officer.

Leo Han Yun Sylvia
Final Year Project Undergraduate researcher.

Tan Wen Ting
Final Year Project Undergraduate researcher.

Phua Zi Jin Cheryl
Undergraduate URECA researcher.

Nguyen Thuan Tihn Sophia
CN Yang undergraduate scholar