Graduating with a first class honors degree in Genetics and Cell Biology at Dublin City University (DCU), Claire undertook a research technician role at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) where she worked within the Institute of Translational Medicine and Therapeutics on cardiovascular disease. During this time she was awarded an IRCSET scholarship to conduct post graduate research in the Molecular Biology and Evolution research group under the supervision of Dr. Mary O'Connell.
Here she addressed fundamental biological questions pertaining to the order in which the 4 Mammal Superorders arose and followed this with a detailed comparative genomics study to identify molecular signatures that could give insight into aging and cancer.
Upon completion of her PhD, Claire joined Prof. Timothy Aitman's research group at Imperial College London. Funded by the British Heart Foundation, she combines transcriptomics, epigenetics and evolutionary theory to understand the complex underpinnings of cardiac regeneration.