Professor Emmeline Hill
Emmeline is Professor in Equine Genomics at UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, where she leads an internationally recognised research group in equine exercise genomics, funded by Science Foundation Ireland. She co-founded the UCD spin-out company Equinome Ltd. with world champion racehorse trainer and breeder, Jim Bolger. In 2010 her UCD team published the research that described the discovery of the ‘Speed Gene’ in racehorses, coinciding with the launch of Equinome and the company’s first commercial genetic test. Equinome grew quickly into an international enterprise, with the support of Enterprise Ireland HPSU funding. In 2015 Equinome was acquired by the equine science company Plusvital Ltd., where Emmeline now acts as Chief Science Officer, leading the research and product development team. Emmeline has been recognised with several awards for entrepreneurship including the Nova UCD Start-Up Award, UCD Innovation Award, Irish TATLER Woman of the Year Award (Entrepreneur) and IMAGE Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She continues at the forefront of Thoroughbred performance genomics research publishing more scientific papers on equine exercise genomics than any other researcher worldwide and maintaining a portfolio of international patents for equine genetic tests.