Dr Brian McEvoy, Research Fellow
E-mail : brmcevoy [at] tcd [dot] ie
Tel : +353-(0)1-896-1265
Fax : +353-(0)1-679-8558
By examining the genetic variation in present day Irish people we can learn about our origin and history. Previous work in our lab looking at the Y chromosome, which is paternally inherited, suggests that most Irish trace their origin to the initial settlers of Island several thousand years ago. We are now looking at maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA to see if our female history is the same or different to that of our male ancestors.
The paternal inheritance of the Y chromosome is the same pattern typically followed by surnames. In other words, both surname and the Y chromosome are passed from father to son down the male family line. By comparing the Y chromosomes of many different men with the same surname, we are seeking to find out how many men were involved in starting prominent Irish surnames (names under study include McGuinness, Ryan, Kennedy, Murphy, Kelly, O'Neill, Byrne, O'Sullivan and McCarthy amongst others) and how names from the same regions of Ireland relate to each other.
2004 to date : Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin
Working in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology, Penn
State University (PSU)
Summer 2002 : Visiting Research Associate, Instute of Statistical
Genetics of North Carolina State University (Hosted by Trinity College Dublin)
Summer 1999 : Visiting Research Associate, Indiana
University-Purdue University of Indianapolis (Supported by
America-Ireland fund travel award)
2000 to date : Supervision and direction of 2 postgraduate (M.Sc.)
and 5 undergraduate (B.A.) thesis research projects
2005 : Genetics Tutorials, B.A. Human Genetics, Trinity College Dublin
2005 : Guest Lecturer, Diploma in Genealogy, University College Dublin
2003 : Demonstrator, Bioinformatics Practical Course,
B.A. Genetics, Trinity College Dublin
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS:
2000 - 2004 : Ph.D. Genetics, Trinity College Dublin
Thesis title : Genetic Investigation of Irish Ancestry and Surname History
1996 - 2000 : B.A.(Mod) in Natural Sciences (Class 2:1), Trinity
Thesis title : Association of the Norepinephrine Transporter Gene
Bauchet M, McEvoy B, Pearson LN, Quillen EE, Sarkisian T, Hovhannesyan K, Deka R, Bradley DG, Shriver MD.
Measuring European population stratification with microarray genotype data.
Am J Hum Genet. 2007 May;80(5):948-56. Epub 2007 Mar 22.
Norton HL, Kittles RA, Parra E, McKeigue P, Mao X, Cheng K, Canfield VA, Bradley DG, McEvoy B, Shriver MD.
Genetic evidence for the convergent evolution of light skin in Europeans and East Asians.
Mol Biol Evol. 2007 Mar;24(3):710-22. Epub 2006 Dec 20.
McEvoy B, Brady C, Moore LT, Bradley DG.
The scale and nature of Viking settlement in Ireland from Y-chromosome admixture analysis.
Eur J Hum Genet. 2006 Dec;14(12):1228-94. Epub 2006 Sep 6.
McEvoy B, Beleza S, Shriver MD.
The genetic architecture of normal variation in human pigmentation: an evolutionary perspective and model.
Hum Mol Genet. 2006 Oct 15;15 Spec No 2:R176-81. Review.
Pereira F, Davis SJ, Pereira L, McEvoy B, Bradley DG, Amorim A.
Genetic signatures of a Mediterranean influence in Iberian Peninsula sheep husbandry.
Mol Biol Evol. 2006 Jul;23(7):1420-6. Epub 2006 May 3.
McEvoy B, Bradley DG.
Y-chromosomes and the extent of patrilineal ancestry in Irish surnames.
Hum Genet. 2006 Mar;119(1-2):212-9. Epub 2006 Jan 12.
Moore LT*, McEvoy B*, Cape E, Simms K, Bradley DG.
A y-chromosome signature of hegemony in gaelic ireland.
Am J Hum Genet. 2006 Feb;78(2):334-8. Epub 2005 Dec 8.
16358217 *Joint first-authorship
McEvoy B, Edwards CJ.
Human migration: reappraising the Viking image.
Heredity. 2005 Aug;95(2):111-2.
McEvoy B, Richards M, Forster P, Bradley DG.
The Longue Duree of genetic ancestry: multiple genetic marker systems and Celtic origins on the Atlantic facade of Europe.
Am J Hum Genet. 2004 Oct;75(4):693-702. Epub 2004 Aug 12.
McEvoy B, Hawi Z, Fitzgerald M, Gill M.
No evidence of linkage or association between the norepinephrine transporter (NET) gene polymorphisms and ADHD in the Irish population.
Am J Med Genet. 2002 Aug 8;114(6):665-6.
INVITED 2006 PRESENTATIONS:
Evolutionary Genetic Architecture of Normal Variation in Human Pigmentation.
DNA in Forensics 2006, Innsbruck, Austria, September 2006
SuperAIMS Project : Detecting Inter- and Intra-Continental
Irish Society of Human Genetics, Dublin, Ireland, September 2006
Origin and History of Irish Surnames : Genetic and Geographic Perspectives.
Royal Geographical Society, London, UK, August 2006
What's in a Name? Y-Chromosome Investigation of irish Surname History.
University of Washington, Seattle, USA, June 2006
Mapping Human Genetic Variation to the Past and Present.
University of Maryland, College Park, USA, May 2006
Y-Chromosome Signature of Hegemony in Gaelic Ireland.
Institut Pasteur, Paris, France and La Sapienza University, Rome,
Italy, April 2006
Fundraising effort for the Temple Street Children Hospital : Brian
in at the
deep end! (with video and photos)
Elected member of the executive committee of the Trinity Research
Staff Association (TRSA)
Supplementary information and data of published journals available
at Data and Resources.
Committee member of Genetical Society 1999 - 2002