James McInerney

Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology




I work on issues related to horizontal gene transfer in prokaryotes and on the origins of the eukaryotic cell. I am interested in evolutionary biology questions generally and have research projects active on vision in animals and gene duplication and loss in mammals. I also like to contribute to the development of phylogenetic methods and theory.

2012 Organizer, annual conference of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. The Dublin Convention Centre, Spencer Dock, Dublin (1,300 delegates anticipated).

2009 Chair of the symposium “Evolution of biological networks”. Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution annual meeting, Iowa City, Iowa, USA. June 3rd-7th.

2007 Co-chair (with Dr. Mark Ragan, University of Queensland, Australia) of the symposium “Horizontal Gene Transfer: Reconstructing the Tree, Ring, Web or Network of Life” at SMBE 2007, the annual meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. June 24th-28th.

2007 Programme committee member, 20th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, June 20-22, Maribor, Slovenia

2007 Programme committee member, ISMB/ECCB 2007, for the area “Sequence Analysis and Alignment”. ISMB/ECCB, Vienna July 21-25th 2007.

2006 Co-chair (with Dr. Davide Pisani) of Supertree symposium at SMBE 2006, the Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Tempe, Arizona, USA. May 24-25th.

2006 Programme committee member, special track on bioinformatics and its medical applications. 19th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-based Medical Systems (CBMS 2006), Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

2005 Programme committee member, European Conference on Computational Biology/JBI 2005, Madrid, Spain.

2005 Programme committee member, Intelligent Systems in Molecular Biology 2005, Detroit, Michigan.

2004 Programme committee member, Intelligent Systems in Molecular Biology 2004, Glasgow, Scotland.

2004 Programme committee, TECNET conference, Institute of Technology Carlow.

2004 Board member of European ATOL (A Tree of Life).

2003 Programme committee member European Conference on Computational Biology 2003, Paris, France.

2003 Elected council member “Systematics and Evolution Group”, Society for General Microbiology.

2002-2009 Member of the International Society for Computational Biology.

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