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About me (Biosketch)
This is me with my 3 sons Alexander, Fraser, and Callum. My name is Tyrone Bowes and I am an experienced Biotechnologist. I was born in Dublin City and have always been curious about my ancestral origins. My Surname ‘Bowes’ does not strike one as being of Irish origin. I grew up in a place called Ballymun in Dublin City, Ireland, and the only other ‘Bowes’ that I knew were relatives. As I grew up I had an interest in Biology, History, and Geography and chose to pursue my interest in Biology, which is my first love. I obtained a Diploma with Distinction in Biology in 1995, and a 1st Class Honours Degree in Biotechnology in 1998. I then pursued a personal interest in Neuropathies as my father died from Motor Neuron Disease in 1992. I was subsequently awarded a Ph.D. in Neuroimmunology in 2003 (my CV).
Founding the Irish Origenes Website; As soon as I found out about commercial ancestral testing of DNA in 2003 I signed up and had my families DNA tested. By combining my interest in Biology, History, and Geography, I have been able to piece together the clues of as to my ancestral origins. It turns out that my ancestors were Native Irish (Gaels), had their own distinct Clan, and lived in a specific area. They were related to other Clans that lived close by, and they left their mark on the Placenames where they lived for 100’s if not 1,000’s of years. What’s even more surprising is that my distant relatives still live in that area - follow this link to read my Bowes Case Study.
In 2010 I set to work producing the Databases and Irish Origenes Maps (Surnames, Clan Territories, and Castles) that one would need to help pinpoint where one's own Irish Ancestors lived! In 2011 the Irish Origenes website was launched, followed by the Scottish Origenes and English Origenes websites (a Welsh Origenes website will be launched in 2013). In November 2012 I was a guest speaker at the world's largest commercial ancestral DNA testing company's annual conference. I have also presented workshops on using commercial ancestral DNA testing to Pinpoint where your Irish or Scottish ancestors lived. If you would like me to host such workshops in your area then you can contact me here. My next series of talks will be at the 'Who Do You Think You Are LIVE' event at the Olympia in London from 22-24th February 2013.