Senior Research Fellow
Dr Rhiannon McGeehan graduated from the University of Durham with a BSc (Hons) in Ecology, before going on to complete a PhD in the Mitochondrial & Reproductive Genetics Group at the University of Birmingham, investigating the regulation and developmental consequences of abnormal mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) transmission patterns in embryos generated by somatic cell nuclear transfer (‘cloning’). Subsequently, between 2005 and 2009, Rhiannon joined the Institute of Zoology during which time she was awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellowship, to develop a tool for predicting how non-synonymous substitutions in mtDNA-protein coding genes influence embryo development following inter-species nuclear transfer and to establish Xenopus (the laboratory frog) as a model for validating predictions made by the tool. She did this in collaboration with researchers in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. She then joined the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Portsmouth in 2011 for a 10 month fixed term lectureship position. Rhiannon is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow, funded by Brain Tumour Research, leading investigations into the role of mtDNA in brain tumour development, progression and chemosensititvity.