School of Life Sciences, The University of Nottingham, NG2 7UH

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Research Interests

  • Microbiomes
  • Pangenomes

Dr Fiona Whelan

Fiona Whelan joined the McInerney research group in October 2017 as a BBSRC-funded Post-Doctoral Research Associate before starting a Marie Skłowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in 2018. Fiona completed her MSc and PhD degrees in her native Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where she used her background in bioinformatics to generate testable, biological hypotheses. Specifically, Fiona studied the evolution of an eukaryotic protein family important for innate immune defense under the guidance of Dr. Dawn Bowdish. Fiona’s PhD in Dr. Michael Surette’s lab focused on understanding the contribution of the human microbiome to cystic fibrosis disease and respiratory infections in the elderly. Although she will miss the hop between the lab bench and the computer, Fiona joined the McInerney research group in order to hone her bioinformatic skills and love of bacterial DNA sequencing data by studying patterns of sequence sharing in prokaryotes. Publications


The Loss of Topography in the Microbial Communities of the Upper Respiratory Tract in the Elderly
FJ Whelan, CP Verschoor, JC Stearns, L Rossi, K Luinstra, M Loeb, …
Annals of the American Thoracic Society 11 (4), 513-521 124 2014

Capturing the diversity of the human gut microbiota through culture-enriched molecular profiling
JT Lau, FJ Whelan, I Herath, CH Lee, SM Collins, P Bercik, MG Surette
Genome medicine 8 (1), 1-10 114 2016


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