Professor, Dept. of Genetics
University of Leicester, UK
Dr Eran Tauber is a lecturer at the University of Leicester. His scientific career has focused on the study of neural and molecular mechanisms of behaviour. He earned his M.Sc. in Zoology, and PhD in evolutionary biology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, studying sensory physiology and evolutionary aspects of acoustic communication in bush-crickets. Later, he shifted his focus to genetic and molecular aspects of behaviour, working with deaf Drosophila mutants at the University of Iowa. He later joined the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester as a Marie-Curie fellow where he engaged in studying the circadian system in Drosophila. In 2005 he was appointed a lecturer in molecular evolution. His work has been funded by NERC, BBSRC and the Royal Society and was published in international journals such as Science. He serves as an ad-hoc referee for numerous journals and several funding bodies, and teaches various topics in Genetics and Bioinformatics.
Research in the Tauber lab focuses on the relationship between genes, brain and behaviour. Our research combines a broad range of approaches ranging from bioinformatics to neurogenetics and molecular biology, aiming to understand how the brain works. We are particularly interested in chronobiology and the circadian clock system using Drosophila as the main model system. Next-generation sequencing, Quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping and microarray gene profiling are a few examples for the techniques we use in the lab to study these mechanisms at a genome-wide level.