Ann Mc Cartney, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow (alum)

Ann graduated top of her class with a BSc in Genetics and Cell Biology in 2012 from Dublin City University, Ireland. She then received a national IRCSET scholarship to carry out a PhD in Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution which she completed in 2012. This focused on using mathmatical networks to uncover novel gene transcripts across primate species. From here, Ann went on to carry out a two year Postdoctoral Fellow position with 'Genomics Aotearoa' in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Here, she worked on building pipelines for the generation of high quality genomes for endemic, and endangered vertebrate and invertebrate species that were respectful to the Indigenous practices, protocols and knowledge systems of Māori. Currently, she is a Visiting Fellow in the Genome Informatics Section at NIH/NHGRI where she leads work for the European Reference Genome Atlas (, and Earth BioGenome Project ( on building inclusive, equitable, and scalable genomics infrastructures and policies alongside Sámi, Māori, and Native American partners. She is also a co-organiser of IndigiData (, and has led workshops for both SING Aotearoa and SING USA ( Ann is currently on detail in the NIH Office of Science Policy where she works on NIH Data Sharing and Management Policy and NIH Genomics Data Sharing Policy.

Chasing perfection: validation and polishing strategies for telomere-to-telomere genome assemblies
Nature Methods, April 1, 2022
Mc Cartney AM, Shafin K, Alonge M, Bzikadze AV, Formenti G, Fungtammasan A, Howe K, Jain C, Koren S, Logsdon GA, Miga KH, Mikheenko A, Paten B, Shumate A, Soto DC, Sović I, Wood JM, Zook JM, Phillippy AM, Rhie A