Dr. Lara Cassidy is an Assistant Professor of Genetics at Trinity College Dublin. She holds a Ph.D. in Palaeogenomics from TCD's Smurfit Institute of Genetics where she was an awardee of a postgraduate scholarship by the Irish Research Council. Her doctoral focus was the application of DNA sequencing technologies to the study of Irish prehistory, which resolved longstanding questions on the origins of the modern population. Her group's current research focus is the creation of a dense temporal dataset of ancient Irish genomes. The dataset is used to study the evolutionary forces that have shaped human health and disease on the island, as well as to reconstruct prehistoric social structures and cultural practices through patterns of relatedness and inbreeding. Dr. Cassidy will be in conversation with Dr. Miriam Nyhan Grey about Lara's research on the hunter-gatherer populations who lived in Ireland prior to the arrival of agriculture. Forensic prediction techniques suggest these people had dark skin and blue eyes and were relatively isolated from related populations in Britain and Europe.