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Dr Ariane Watson


Ariane Watson

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I
School of Medicine
University College Dublin, School of Medicine, Systems Biology Ireland Temple Street Dublin 1


I completed an honours degree in Genetics in 2012 in the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science of University College Dublin (UCD). Subsequently, in September 2012, I was awarded funding to pursue a PhD under the Irish Reasearch Council's "Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme", supervised by Dr. Gerard Cagney in the Conway Institute of UCD and by Prof. Nevan J. Krogan in University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Gladstone Institute. My PhD involved the use of proteomics (e.g. mass spectrometry) and functional genomic screening (e.g. RNAi screening) approaches to investigate the physical and functional interactome of developmentally important protein complexes (UCD), as well as in dissecting the genetic interaction landscape of HIV-infected human cells (UCSF). I returned to Ireland from San Francisco in 2015 and concluded my PhD in June 2016 in UCD.Following my PhD I have been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND Action through System Biology Ireland's TOPMed10 programme. Under the supervision of Prof. Walter Kolch and Dr. Colm Ryan, I am currently investigating the role of crosstalk between epigenetic machinery and canonical signalling pathways in facilitating the development of drug resistance in late stage melanoma.